Author Topic: Editing MP3s losslessly — Who needs FLAC?  (Read 1246 times)

Andrew

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Re: Editing MP3s losslessly — Who needs FLAC?
« Reply #30 on: August 10, 2020, 04:45:26 PM »
I go for flac because otherwise mentally I can't enjoy the music. 

When I started digitizing stuff I initially tried doing 320 mp3.

It was going fine until suddenly on one song the cymbals sounded "swooshy".

Then I started to notice artifacts on harpsichords.  The clear sharp attack of them sometimes didn't sound right?

Suddenly I would hear what I thought was an artifact, then have to go back and check the original to see if it was meant to sound that way.

The reason I have to do lossless now is if I don't, then instead of enjoying the music, I'll be constantly listening for artifacts.  "was that one?  was that a swoosh?  check the original!"

Even if I wouldn't be able to hear the difference in a blind test, my head would constantly be looking for or thinking it heard artifacts even if they don't exist.

I can't help it, so I do lossless.   I would rather hear horrible background noise on a bad record than mp3 artifacts.   

Noise/pops on records add to the frequencies, while mp3 artifacts take away.