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Discussion in 'Fix This MIX!' started by drubu, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. drubu

    drubu Active Member

    Hi all!

    I want to post links to some mixes here so you guys can tear them apart and give me some objective criticism on production/engineering. I'd just like to know what the best format/hosting site (hopefully free!) is to use. They all probably use some sort of lossy codec(?) but what is the preferred method that everyone can live with?

    I'm really looking forward to having my mixes trashed lol!

    Forgive my ignorance
  2. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Well, many users here seem to use Soundcloud as their preferred method, (it's free) and yes, with most mp3 delivery systems you're going to have to deal with those wizzly artifacts, unless someone else here has another recommendation.
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Hi there.

    If you want your mixes to be under close scrutiny, you might want to look into Drop Box. It's another mostly free hosting service for data storage. So you can upload uncompressed audio files at full resolution without having to deal with MP3 artifacting. Of course your upload and other folks download times will be highly extended with an uncompressed format.

    While MP3 has been accepted personal enjoyment format, it's not without its foibles. Most all MP3's that folks download our 128 kb per second. If you raise it up to 320 kb per second, Bill have a full bandwidth response and lower artifacting. It will be slightly smaller than a uncompressed file and won't sound as horrible. Conversely, I have found that Microsoft's WMA compression codec, demonstrates less artifacting than MP3's, at the same data rate. And there are other less lossy audio codecs available that may not be as universally decoded? So this really depends on who you are delivering to and what they want.

    An MP3 still lets you hear the overall technical mix value of the engineer. It is a good mix? It'll sound like a good mix even with the MP3 artifacting. If it's a lousy mix, it'll sound like a lousy mix along with all of the MP3 artifacting. I mean if you just want us to be impressed by something, you might want to make it 24-bit, 96 kHz uncompressed? But really, you only need that, if you are delivering to somebody online that has contracted you for your services.

    So I really heard some marvelous mixing technique and chops that were even posted at 128 kb per second MP3. Yeah, we could hear the artifacting and we can also hear the superb engineering from superb technique. So I don't mind posting lossy 128 kb per second MP3's since the mixes are still professionally engineered. So if you think your mixes will not survive an MP3 encoding? Maybe you should wait to post your mixes. Because that would already indicate, you've done something quite wrong?

    What do you think about these MP3's? Crowmobile.com
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  4. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    dropbox without a doubt. Use our referral link, it helps us acquire more free space, and its free!

    Check out the option to install the dropbox folder on your desktop too, it a pretty cool feature.
  5. drubu

    drubu Active Member

    Thanks guys!

    Lol, ok Remy, I'm not trying to impress anyone here... 24/96 is overkill! I love reading your posts, you always crack me up!

    Dropbox looks cool, but like you said, you can still hear a mix regardless of format. Sound cloud seems popular, maybe I'll use both?

    Now I just have to find the time to do it...
  6. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Find the time? It only takes a few seconds for your computer to upload those files. More time of course for uncompressed wave files, still under 30 minutes. Once you push the button, you walk away, have a cup of coffee or a smoke and it's done. Neglected to suggest taking a crap? So you can do that also in that short period of time. Just hold on long enough for a few more seconds, until you press that button, then you can go to the bathroom LOL. Signing up for either service takes even less time.

    People complain about whatever kind of compression codecs used on sites like Sound Cloud. I don't find it offensive or detrimental to a quality mix. Certainly not awful. Not like some others. And yet, no pop-ups. So not too bad for folks with ADHD like me LOL. Pop-up advertisements are the worst thing for ADHD folks.

    Look! A chicken! Walking soup!
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  7. drubu

    drubu Active Member

    Yup, i found the time.
    Started a new thread titled "She Said"

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