mp3 encoding?

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JR Productions
Member Since: Mar 03, 2005

Why is it that whenever I make my songs mp3s, they sound fine on my computer but as soon as I put them onto, they sound a lot worse. The hihats in particular; they sound more high pitched and seem to cut through more than I would like to. And If its the case that for some reason the audio quality of mp3s are just lower, why doesn't the same thing happen when I listen to mp3s by famous bands recorded in professional studios?

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Apr 01, 2005 08:06 am

A place like that may dumb down quality to suit what IT detects the connection speed being, or it could be the streaming off the server rather than playing off your desktop...or it could be the encoder you use, I dunno, impossible to tell.

Since: Aug 29, 2003

Apr 01, 2005 09:53 am

What dB said about it lowering the quality even more when it gets uploaded to their servers. I bet that is the reason.

I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Apr 01, 2005 10:19 am

I noticed that NWR does that too. I think that in order to accomodate the volume of music that's run through those sites in an average day, they probably have to reduce the bitrate to 128 kbps or less. And who knows which encoder they use to do that.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Apr 01, 2005 10:36 am

well, also some places do similar things to accomodate both high and low bandwidth the streaming server that any particular service uses can have some affect as well. These streaming servers help management the number of concurrent streams coming out of the server at any given time.

Since: Jan 08, 2003

Apr 02, 2005 03:31 am

NWR doesn't touch the original MP3 for the hi-fi, it only re-encodes for lo-fi, for obvious reasons.


Since: Jul 02, 2003

Apr 02, 2005 01:58 pm

I agree with the others, it's just servers. If you want to check and see if something was done to your mp3 download it and play it, odds are it will sound the same as your local copy. As for why commercial music sounds better in many cases, I think it is simply due to better recording/mixing/mastering.


Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Apr 02, 2005 02:02 pm

HRC dosn't do it!

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