Re: Mp3s Crackling and popping in ...
To be honest Rounik, because our main delivery conduit to the world is the web, MP3s are pretty mission critical to us although, yes they are not as good as a lossless AIFF etc as we all know..
We usually record in 24 bit at 44.1 Khz and when bouncing 'the final', I bounce both a dithered AIFF to 44.1 Khz, 16 bit and a 320 kbps, interleaved, joint stereo MP3.
The resulting MP3 I've just always dropped onto Quicktime to play it back and never had a scratch. I only discovered this iTunes glitch this weekend and has me really worried now that all the stuff we have out there is going to do the same thing on other peoples machines.
I have tested streaming the the same MP3 that cracks and pops in iTunes over to my hi-fi system via Apple TV and no problem when playing back
To be honest, I've never really thought about using iTunes to do the MP3 conversion from the master AIFF, thinking it best to create the MP3 straight from the Logic session itself. I think Martin briefly touched on this in some of his Logic tutorials a while ago.
I did a test by dropping an MP3 into iTunes that crackled and popped then used iTunes to convert it to AAC which did seem to do the trick for iTunes playback
Given that 'web' distribution is so prevalent I'm wondering if you guys might consider a short tutorial on the best way to optimize ones tracks for web delivery.
We have just started to use Soundcloud to be able to distribute our stuff a lot more efficiently, but not much point if the resulting MP3 sounds like crap!
I have researched this topic online and there is some chat about it, but only it seems in regards to Logic 7. Many of the tips have been to recommend turning off all iTunes 'sound enhancers' like the EQ, but this seems to have had no effect.
So much to learn, so little time!