(using Windows 10 and Audacity 2.4.2)
I am finishing up making a commercial demo reel in which I am importing a mp3 music track to mix with my voice track. I think I read that importing a wav file is better, since the sound quality is affected the more times a mp3 file is imported/exported. However, most of the music, that I was wanting to use, is in mp3 format. Feedback about my process and the possible effect on sound quality is appreciated!
Here was my process:
- created a voice track (edited and mastered it, also exported as a wav file)
- imported a mp3 music track
- mixed the stereo music track down to a mono track
- mixed and rendered the voice track and music track (I actually think maybe I don’t need to do this step)
- export as a wav file (so that if I need to rework something I can import this file- maybe better to just import my voice wav file and start over)
- export as a mp3 to use as my demo
Does this process sound about right? I’m concerned that importing the music as a mp3 and then exporting, both as a wav and a mp3, after I mix it with my voice track is going to mess with the sound quality or distort the music. Is it okay to be using mp3 music files or should I only be importing wav music files?