Re: Helping the Con team. Was: Re: [nvda] NVDACon, recordings and my handout


Not if you use MP3 Direct Cut, which edits and changes the same file without reencoding it, which is why I specifically specified MP3 direct cut.  That is one of the reasons some people use that program, so they can alter MP3 files without loss of quality.
I haven't looked for documentation, but I'm sure I can document that MP3 Direct cut allows for alterations with no quality loss..

----- Original Message -----
From: Luke Davis
Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2019 6:52 PM
Subject: Re: Helping the Con team. Was: Re: [nvda] NVDACon, recordings and my handout

On Thu, 21 Nov 2019, Gene wrote:

> I don't know what audio work you are looking for.  I am an excellent editor and I do other typical things such as equalize files.  I assume you are working
> with MP3 files and I use MP3 Direct cut so I can edit and save the edited versions of files with no loss of quality.

No offense intended Gene, and I don't want to spawn an audio discussion, but I
had to address that. If you do anything other than cut an MP3 file--if you
equalize it, if you do some compression, if you do volume normalization or
balancing, or anything else that actually alters audio--and then save it as
another MP3 file, there will be a loss of quality. Especially if you do any
intermediate saves. MP3 is a lossy format, and any time you convert to 32 bit
floating point PCM in order to work on it, which as far as I know all audio
editors do internally, and then save it back out, there is further loss during
the down-conversion to MP3.

The only way to work on audio with no loss of quality (by work, I mean do
anything beyond cutting out sections which does not have to re-encode), is to
work on the original wave files if available, but in any case to always save
intermediate steps in a native uncompressed format.
Every time you edit and re-save an MP3,, you are making a slightly more blurry
copy of an already blurry copy. That is why exporting to MP3 is the very
absolute last step of any mastering operation.

Okay, that's drifting significantly, but I felt like it needed to be pointed


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