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Windows 7: Recommended MP3 encoding

17 Nov 2018   #1
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Recommended MP3 encoding

Should I use constant or variable bit rate? Right now I'm using variable rate of a minimum bitrate of 32 and a maximum bitrate of 320 using Wavepad with the highest quality setting and including CRC.

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17 Nov 2018   #2

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone

You could use either constant or variable bit rate. Both are allowable. If you are using VBR, then a minimum of 32 sounds a bit low to me. I thought the minimum 'good' quality for mp3 was 128, but I am no audio engineer, and I have no idea what you are doing with the output audio files you produce in Wavepad. If you use constant bit rate at 320 Kbits/s, then that will produce a good standard reference sound, with which to compare the VBR compressed files.

Are any of these online articles of any use to you:

- MP3 bit rates - HowStuffWorks
- Which MP3 bit rate should I use? - CNET
- CBR vs VBR Encoding - lifewire
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17 Nov 2018   #3
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks. Read all three links. Looks like VBR is what I need to use for high quality encoding which is my goal without using FLAC.
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18 Nov 2018   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Read here if you want to learn more about MP3 encoding, LAME, etc.:

LAME Recommended encoder settings

HydrogenAudio MP3 Forum

I wouldn't go for anything lower than CBR 320 or VBR -V 0.
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18 Nov 2018   #5

Windows 10 64 bit

In my recording studio, if I have to send samples out that are not wav files, I use 192Khz MP3's.
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