Hello Jostein, hello list,
Am 28.03.2013 16:10, schrieb Jostein Chr. Andersen:
I have Bobby Owsinski's Mastering Handbook here, and it says lame is a
very good (or the best!) encoder for generating mp3s.
The codec itself has sometimes some issues with "overcompressed" music
as well as music with too much high frequency content.
His recommendation is to cut off some very high frequencies to sort that
You will have to equalise to get the other frequencies encoded better.
Make the signal as hot as you can get it (up to 0dBFS by normalizing, if
you want it to) but let the codec do its work for last dynamics.
Sometimes more compressed (but not overcompressed) content will get
encoded better, but let the codec do some work.
You might want to experiment a bit as well.
A slight use of a multiband compressor will do fine but let the codec do
the rest. Let the codec do its work at "best quality" settings.
Do not waste bandwidth: some songs would sound better at 32kHz because
the encoder algorithm can focus on mid frequencies.
Coding into mp3 makes the end result hotter than the original. Keep the
signal level of your source material that will be encoded to mp3 at
-1dBFS instead of the usual -0.1 or -0.2dBFS so that you don`t get
digital overs in the mp3.
Regarding bitrate mode he recommends variable bit rate (VBR).
These are just my 2 cents...
God bless, Marius
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