MP3 and the Internet:

The internet and the introduction of broadband has provided extremely valuable tools for the songwriter/producer: See the Links page for...well links! 

MP3 format:

The most common format for non commercial on-line music is the MP3 file. This employs data compression that renders the file a much smaller size than that used on CD audio for example. Popular computer operating systems can play this file format without having to install extra software. Compression settings of stereo 128kps at 16 bit 44.1kHz sample rate are approximately 1/10 the file size of CD audio. This was originally the most common compression setting but as broadband has increased in speed larger files (and less compression) are common.

More advanced music sequencers can 'export' or 'save as' the file in MP3 format. Dedicated Mastering software will include this option. If this feature is not available there are free or cheap applications available for download that can do this for you. For example: www.goldwave.com is available for free trial and is relatively in-expensive. This is just one of many applications that can convert files to a multitude of different formats.

 

 

 


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Usually providing a host of compression options.

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Apple's iTunes uses AAC a form of MPEG-4 compression that is slightly better quality than MP3 for the same file size.

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There are many others such as AAC, Real Audio, etc. MP3 remains the most used format for non commercial use.

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Uniform Resourse Locator such as www. mywebsite.com.au

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Internet Service Providor, the company that provides your internet connection.

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Where you pay for space on an internet server to store your website or audio data files.

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MP3 or compressed audio files are usually converted to the default settings as used in the 'song'. i.e. back to 24/44.1

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This is data compression not audio compression as discussed on the Plug-in effects page.

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Many email services will not handle files above 5MB in size. File Transfer Protocol or FTP will have to be used.