Hello everyone -
Here is my exact workflow:
Create a new stereo Audio File, 16bit/44.1. I open a 2 hour 16bit stereo audio file, verify to the 1000th of a second that it is exactly 2 hours long - audio from 0 right to 2 hours. Select All - Copy - Paste into the Untitled tab. I deselect the newly pasted clip, press End to get to the end of the pasted audio, and paste again. I do this 4 times, verifying that the audio is perfectly ending/starting each 2 hour “snippet” without any gaps or breaks. After 4 times, I have an 8 hour audio clip - still Untitled as I haven’t saved it yet. I do not need a .wav version of this, so I will go straight to the MP3 creation.
Last time I simply chose Save As from the file menu, but I didn’t note all of the things I did to arrive at the mp3. I just did it again, and this time I chose to Render the clip into an mp3. I used Frauenhoffer, 96kbbps. The resulting mp3 is 7hr59m16s938ms
I’m not using CD Markers in the audio file - and I’m not using the Montage feature to create this.
Here’s something interesting - the reported time length above was obtained by hovering the mouse over the new mp3 in the File Browser in WL. When I actually open this mp3 in WL, it shows on the time ruler as 8h52ms. So this is MUCH better.
My apologies everyone - for wasting your time. I’m not sure I understand the math behind why 8 hours of audio is more/less when converted to mp3, but I can live with 52ms. 44seconds was a bit too much - but I hadn’t actually opened the file.
There still may be an issue between the time report from hovering over the file in the FBrowser vs actually opening it… but for now I’ll leave this issue. I’ve got a dozen or more of these to create so I’ll keep an eye on it and make sure that I’m getting similar results - and will report back if things aren’t consistent.