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    Settings to encode mp3s?

    192 kpbs? Anything higher is not worth it?

    Should I be using VBR?

    Stereo mode: Joint Stereo or Normal??

    Should I filter frequencies below 10hz considering the human ear can't hear it anyway? Or will that mess somethings up?

    Or should I ditch .mp3 and use AAC?

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    i like ogg because there is no gap between tracks like in mp3, i heard that the latest lame can avoid this but i'm not sure if any players suppoert it yet

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    192 is fine. All mine are 160 or 192 (prefferably 192) because I really can't notice a differance with anything higher.
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    there used to be a site called r3mix that was filled with technical info about the best way to rip mp3's but i think it's gone now because i was just unable to get to it.

    lots of people saw it as the athority on mp3 quality so the settings it called for were built into a number of programs.

    EAC (exact audio copy) is one of these programs and is also a fantastic ripping and cd imaging program. It's error correction has worked for me when all others have failed. It's doesn't encode the mp3's itself but it will call lame. And you can easily set it up to call lame using the r3mix settings.

    Lame is an open source project revolving around making the best mp3 encoder.

    Anyway here is what you need to do. Download EAC and a command line LAME implemantation. Sorry i don't have links but i'll bet you can find them both in under a min. First put the lame files in a dirrectory on your pc then install EAC, it will ask where LAME is in the install. Then go into the options of EAC and tell it to use the r3mix settings.

    It will make 160 VBR's that sound great. I've got about 50gig of mp3's made this way and have been very happy.

    hope this helps

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    No comments about using AAC instead a la itunes?

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    I set 192 VBR lossless using LAME and EAC.
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    Do all you guys reccommend variable bit rates?

    Currently all of my WMAs are encoded at 128kbps or 160kbps fixed bit rates(and some wavs I've ripped off DVD at 1000+kbps ). Anyways, I dont intend on going back and recoding all 2000+ files but just wondering what the argument for VBR was, maybe I should encode future music in this manner?

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    Let me first say that I don't have as much expierence with wma's as i do with mp3's.

    The point of VBR is to get a smaller file size without losing any sound quality. Depending on what's going on in the music the software picks an appropriat bitrate to encode it. For example if there is just a bass drum thumping without anything else there isn't that much information to record so the software picks a low bitrate, then say the high hat kicks in and so do the keyboards, well now there is a lot more information and higher frequency info too. To encode all this information thE software picks a higher bitrate. When all is said and done the size of the file is that of a file with the average of all the bitrates. Using VBR just avoids sampling the music at a rate that is higher than necessary in the simple places and cranking it up in the complex ones.

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    and just to add another .02. I preach this all the time but for the best sound quality/file size ratio nothing beats .wma with 192VBR Lossless setting. It's just the files size is a bit much for my liking.
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    I personally don't like .wma, but maybe that's just because I have to use WMP to get them to play back right. Mine are coded anywhere from 160-192. Some even are as low as 128, and as high as 320. But those were ripped on my brothers mac (itunes), as mp3's so I haven't had to re-encode.
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