Following comments on volume and playback quality in general, I have posted three (now four) versions of the same song on my Cactus Juice MySpace page (see sig for link). The song in question is “Worried about Nothing” and all versions are encoded from a 24-bit stereo WAV exported from C6.0.5, un-normalised, too big to upload.
The MP3 is 320k, encoded in Audacity using the LAME encoder.
The FLACs are encoded in WinAmp, with min and max compression.
The WAV is 16-bit saved out from Audacity.
MySpace then encodes the files further (they have confirmed this but not in what way).
The first impression is that they’re all a bit warbly and there’s something a bit horrible-sounding underneath. None of them sound like that in WinAmp, played back through the same interface and speakers. I was hoping that the FLACs wouldn’t exhibit the behaviour. Nor the 16-bit WAV.
Would anyone mind taking the time to have a quick listen and let me know what their first impressions are. It doesn’t take more than the first couple of chords here.
Thanks a lot,
[Edit: now also on Soundcloud for comparison]