Convert mp3 with sample rate 24000Hz to 44100Hz

I have a problem. I have set default sample rate and project sample rate to 44100Hz and 16 bit sample format. I have taken a .wav file with these characteristics (sample rate to 44100Hz and 16 bit sample format) but when I convert it to .mp3 it becomes 24000Hz and 32-bit. I have set in preferences the defaults in “quality” and “file format” tabs to be 44100Hz and 16 bit but it still creates an mp3 with 24000Hz and 32 bit. What’s going wrong?

Thank you very much in advance

I suspect you mean it creates an mp3 with 24000Hz and 32Kbps (not 32 bit), mp3s have a bit rate mesured in kbps, not bit depth.

The unwanted drop in sample rate from the project rate of 44100Hz to 24000Hz when saving as mp3 may be due to the mp3 bit rate selected being too low …
If kbps is  too low it forces a lower sample rate.png
Instructions on how to change (increase) the mp3 bit rate here … MP3 Export garbled - #3 by Trebor

Thank you for your immediate response.

No I mean 16 bit (I am not specialist, but this is what it writes in the window- I have posted a relevant picture).

The kbps I want to be 64kbps. I want the file to be 44100Hz, 16 bit and 64kbps in order to upload to a site which has these specifications. By using the instructions you posted I cannot do this.

Are there any other suggestions on the subject?

Thanks again

Normally it is best to leave Audacity at the default Quality setting of 44100 Hz 32 bit float.
Is there a special reason why you need to set the Quality at 16 bit? (note that the bit depth setting in “Quality” does not affect the bit depth of the exported file).

When you import an MP3 file, Audacity copies the audio data from the file into the Audacity project. The data in the track is not the same data as the file - it is a copy.
The reason for this is that only very limited editing can be done on compressed audio data (such as MP3 files), so Audacity automatically copies the audio into an uncompressed form so that you can do wild and wonderful things to it. What this means is that the numbers shown on the left side of the track do not relate directly to the the format of the file that you imported. Those numbers relate to the copy of the data that is in the Audacity Project.

The best way to check the exact format of an audio file is to use a program such as MediaInfo (open source freeware) that can analyse the file. MediaInfo

If you are using Audacity 1.3.12, select 44100 as the Project rate (bottom left corner of the main Audacity window) before you Export.
Then select MP3 as the export format, and click on the “Options” button to set the compression amount to 64 kbps (in the “Constant bit rate” settings).

Can you post the site’s specifications ?

Bit depth does not apply to mp3 files, the only parameters for mp3 are sample rate (e.g. 44100Hz), bit rate (e.g. 64kbps), and the type of encoding, (e.g. constant, variable). Bit depth would be relevant for WAV type files.

Audacity can produce a stereo mp3 with a sample rate of 44100Hz and a bit rate of 64Kbps*, without forcing a downgrade in the sample rate to 24000Hz, e.g. attached with it’s media info, (note no mention of “bit depth” in media info, only “bit rate”).

[* IMO 64Kbps is too low for 44100Hz stereo: the sound quality is noticeably degraded from the original 320Kbps mp3 ].

I did the above, (placed also the project rate at 44100) and it still didn’t work. Then I uninstalled audacity and reinstalled the beta version which it says its better for vista and it worked!! I now have 44100 Hz and 64 kbps .mp3 file.

The site specifications are 44100Hz, 64kbps and 16 bit . It is an internet radio ( in which you can upload broadcasts - unfortunately it’s only in greek.

Thank you anyway!

Or in English via Google translate …

When stating “16 bit” perhaps they are trying to reduce the file size of the submitted mp3 by first reducing the bit depth of the WAV that the mp3 is derived from, (which could be a 32 or 24 bit depth WAV). I’ve tried that and reducing the bit depth of the WAV doesn’t reduce the size of the mp3 derived from it , (at least not when using Audacity with LAMEv3.98.2).

The sound quality of a 64 kbps file will be fairly poor if you start with a stereo track in Audacity (as this will produce a stereo MP3, so the bit rate of each channel will be a lot less than 64 kbps). However, if you have a mono track in Audacity, this will produce a mono MP3 and the sound quality will be significantly better.

In Audacity 1.3.12, stereo tracks can be converted to mono from “Tracks menu > Stereo Track To Mono”