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ProTools sound quality

Discussion in 'Pro Tools' started by seven, Oct 6, 2003.

  1. seven

    seven Active Member

    Anyone got any tips on getting CD quality sound onto my CD's...when I play back the music on ProTools it sounds great, but by the time I convert it from WAV to MP3 and burn it onto the CD it sounds really low and muffled... Thanks.
  2. falkon2

    falkon2 Well-Known Member

    What's your monitoring system like?

    Sorry, needed to ask. :p I mean, do you monitor your CD and the PT mix through the same system?
  3. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    Check your MP3 conversion. It sounds like you have a low bitrate.

    Why aren't you burning th WAV to the CD? If you do a bounce at 16bit/44.1khz, you can burn that directly to an audio CD.

    Try to listen to your wav file in a jukebox player, like iTunes or Quicktime or WMP. If that sounds good, then it is your MP3 conversion. try setting your bitrate to 128.

    I assume you're doing a digital bounce to wav. If that's the case then your wav should sound exactly (well, not exactly) like what you hear in your speakers.

  4. white swan

    white swan Guest

    There may be other problems (like not enough level) but, as I understand it, by definition you cannot get CD quality from an MP3 file (although with careful procedures you can get close).

    If your software can only burn CD's from MP3's (as opposed to WAV, AIFF, Sound Designer,etc.)then it sounds like you need some better software.
  5. seven

    seven Active Member

    Thanks fellas... it more than likley IS the bitrate... the monitoring is cool...and the conversion is cool...I didn't know i could adjust the bounce to play on an audio CD in WAV format...thanks a MILLION!
  6. falkon2

    falkon2 Well-Known Member

    Rofwaffle... much less hassle too.

    Sorry, would have pointed that out, except that I misread that as "wav AND mp3 to burn to CD" rather than "wav TO mp3 to burn to CD".
  7. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    we forgive you falkon2!

    Seven, are you six's big brother? How's Joey Russo? LOL!!!!!! I kill me!

    No, but to use your bounceed wav as CD audio, it has to be 16 bit 44.1kHz. If you're running pro tools at 48k, or 96k or any other sample rate, then you'll need to bounce, open the wav in another app and downsample it to 44.1, and dither it to 16 bit.

    If you're runnint PT at 44.1, then just make the final bounce at 16 bit, dither and you're there.


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