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Old 01-23-2012, 05:48 AM
bretflute bretflute is offline
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best sound for mp3s???

hey - im going to start converting a bunch of my mixes that are in standard audio into mp3s to put online. its all fairly easy i know but im really trying to get the best possible sound quality out of the mp3. is one program better than another for this? also just an opinion from everyone... i notice online mixes seem to have no index points between the songs... is there a reason for this?? it makes it real hard to fast forward when you are running or biking... i would like to keep my index points in my mixes but will that get strange when i try to upload it to mixcloud or some other site??? and for mixes that i down load are there any ways to put in index points every 3 minutes or so??? thanks - bret
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Old 01-23-2012, 12:16 PM
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i use sony sound forge with good results.
u can break the mix up into seperate tracks but you might
get short puases in between songs (depending on the player
you are listening with)
if you put your mix on line at someplace like soundcloud you'd end up
with a bunch of individual songs instead of 1 continuous mix.
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Old 01-23-2012, 01:12 PM
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Have you tried looking into creating MPEG-4 files? I've seen mixes where it has the artist and track name in it as they play. Maybe it will let you set markers too. Also, you could look into mixcloud.
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:15 AM
Toni Cogin Toni Cogin is offline
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Most online players do not support index points, so this won't work. As R Dub wrote, you would end up with several independ tracks instead of one continous mix, and most players probably would add a short pause between the songs.

I guess the only exception is mixcloud where you can "time-stamp" your mix (you'd have to "stamp" the mix on their page, so no keeping your existing index points), though I'm not completely sure if you can actually jump to a certain track or the time-stamps are just there to show you which track is playing.

Anyways, index points aren't really necessary for players that feature a waveform (e.g. soundcloud) as you can easily jump to any point in the mix by simply clicking on the waveform.

So what I would recommend to you would be:

- keep your "master" (.wav/losless) file (incl. indexpoints) to burn on cd and for future conversion into other formats

- convert the track into mp3 for upload to any page that features waveforms and/or time-stamps. The Lame-Encoder usually delivers decent sound quality. Remember that for streaming the compression rate always gets reduced to 128 kbps, so if you don't offer any download option there is no need to convert with higher bit-rates.
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:19 PM
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The ultimate best thing to do with mp3s, is to stay far away from them..

but for online, let your itunes do it in the prefs.. it should work fine. 320 absolute min.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:28 AM
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thanks!!!

thanks for the replies!!! im dealing with my loss in fidelity with grace and dignity.... i hope!!! hahaha-- anyways... i tried using my windows media player to convert from cd to mp3 and it did it and kept the index points but they are all seperate songs and i loaded it into my mp3 player as a folder and it plays without any breaks--- yeah!!! as for the sound quality... watyagonnado??? it sounds like an mp3... but i have heard other djs mixes that sound fatter than mine. im using a sony walkman sports mp3 player and the sound quality is great... so now i just have to figure out how they did it...
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:04 PM
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but i have heard other djs mixes that sound fatter than mine. ...

average compression levels used possibly?
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:06 PM
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try NORMALIZE using average RMS level (loudness) in Sony Sound Forge
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:08 PM
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fatten that chit right up man!
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