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ARSCLIST February 2007

Subject:

Re: Listening Copy

From:

Mike Richter <[log in to unmask]>

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Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 14 Feb 2007 15:47:10 -0800

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Tom Fine wrote:
> Don:
>
> Absolutely. I find that encoders are even more different. They make
> different sounding and different sized files, at the same bitrate. I
> prefer real-deal German-licensed MP3 encoders. Have never liked the slow
> speed or bad sound results I've gotten from LAME with various front
> ends. I find that Sony Soundforge, since they licensed the German CODEC,
> makes fine-sounding MP3's but they are bloated compared to what Apple or
> MusicMatch turns out. As for decoders, the worst-sounding MP3 player is
> by far the Real software. MusicMatch and Apple both play fine-sounding
> MP3 but are both bloated programs that use a lot of overhead. If you
> want a very low-resource program that sounds just fine, check out the
> AudioActive player from Telos Systems. I just noticed there's no obvious
> link to download it from their website anymore. Pity.
>
> -- Tom Fine

I analyzed encoders early on and have tried to maintain currency as they
have appeared and been upgraded. Oversimplifying, the Fraunhofer codec
minimizes artifacts at the expense of high-frequency response. MP3
encoding is one topic appearing on several pages of the primer at my WWW
site (on the CD-recording side). This one illustrates the differences in
encoders.
    http://www.mrichter.com/cdr/primer/mp3enc.htm

My own taste dictates minimizing what is inserted into the sound, so I
choose sample rate and compression to provide the desired frequency
response with the Fraunhofer codec. Another good choice (though it does
push a bit on the high end with some artifacts) is LAME. Particularly at
high bitrates where any artifacts are less likely to be recognized, it
is a good alternative.

And unlike the incarnations of the licensed Fraunhofer codec, it is
freeware.

Mike
--
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http://www.mrichter.com/

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