Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Encoding using the MP3 format, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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MP3 files are encoded using what's known as Lossy Data Compression.…First of all, Data Compression is not at all like the Audio Compression that we've been…talking about so far in this course.…Data Compression means decreasing the number of bits in a digital word to make the file smaller.…MP3 encoding does this in a lossy manner which means that it literally throws away certain…audio information that the encoder thinks isn't important and won't be missed.…It's almost like letting the air out of a bicycle tire.…Still the same tire, but it's a lot smaller.…
Of course, if we compare an MP3 file to its original non-data compressed source file,…we can usually hear a difference.…That's why the following information and parameter settings are so important, so you can get…the best-sounding MP3 file that's sounds as close to the uncompressed source files can be.…Regardless of the encoder, there's one parameter that matters the most in determining the quality…of the encode, and that's Bit Rate, which is the number of bits of the encoded data…
First, discover how to configure your monitoring setup, optimize your listening environment, and prepare and print alternative mixes that will allow you to make quick fixes during mastering. Bobby then reviews a selection of dedicated mastering tools that give you precise control over select signal parameters, from compressors to de-essers. He'll discuss the differences between mastering for CD, online distribution, and specifically for iTunes, and how to achieve the best results for each medium. The course wraps with lessons on mastering for high-resolution formats like Blu-ray, as well as delivering and archiving the master recording once the project is complete.
- What is mastering?
- Preparing your tracks for mastering
- Deciding between monitors and headphones
- Exploring the dynamic range of different music genres
- Adjusting song balances
- Compressing the tracks
- Balancing frequency
- Reducing sibilance with a de-esser
- Inserting fades
- Eliminating noise
- Mastering CDs, MP3s, and AACs for iTunes
- Archiving masters