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Understanding And Applying Audio Data Compression—MP3s, AACs & More
How to best compress without making a mess of the music you've worked so hard to make sound good?
By Daniel Keller • Posted in Reading Room on August 15, 2018

Love it or hate it, data compression (not to be confused with audio signal compression, which is a different issue) schemes like MP3, FLAC, AAC, and other relatives have fundamentally changed music as we know it. The battle between fidelity and portability was long ago declared no contest, with convenience winning hands-down over sonic quality.

But while the ability to compress what was once a wall full of vinyl into your pocket is a boon for music consumers, it’s a bit more of an issue for those of us on the creative side of the equation. As record stores gasp for breath, and online CD sales continue to decline, artists have little choice but to make their works accessible online, and that means crunching your music.

So how to best compress without making a mess of the music you’ve worked so hard to make sound good? As with most things, the answer depends on what you’re after, and what you’re willing to compromise.

Read the article on PSW: https://www.prosoundweb.com/channels/recording/in_the_studio_understanding_audio_data_compression_-_mp3s_aacs_more/
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