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sarahwatts54
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Can Somebody Help Me Fix These Music Files?

Post by sarahwatts54 » Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:49 am

Hi there!

I'm new to audacity, and I've been using it to fix some mp3 files after digitalising them from my cassettes, and I have a major problem with two files that I can't seem to fix. They both sound like they've been played through a bad speaker at full volume, if you understand what I mean :lol:

They also have the cassette hissing noise, which is normal for cassettes, but considering I want to put them on CD, it's a bit annoying :(

If anyone could help me, I would appreciate it so much! Thank you in advance for your help, and here's where the files are linked: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jn3s075s8242r ... c.zip?dl=0 :D

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Re: Can Somebody Help Me Fix These Music Files?

Post by Trebor » Fri Jan 14, 2022 11:07 am

sarahwatts54 wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:49 am
... They both sound like they've been played through a bad speaker at full volume ...
#1. "98 kbps" mp3 bitrate is too low for music, should be 256 kbps or 320 ...
'98kbps' mp3 bitrate is too low for music.png
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#2. Shouldn't use online audio converters like "x2convert", most deliver badware as a free-gift with the mp3 download ...
https ://www.pcrisk.com/removal-guides/20048-x2convert-com-ads
Audacity can export files in mp3 format, so you don't need to use risky online converter.
https ://manual.audacityteam.org/man/mp3_export_options.html

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Re: Can Somebody Help Me Fix These Music Files?

Post by sarahwatts54 » Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:03 pm

Trebor wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 11:07 am
sarahwatts54 wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:49 am
... They both sound like they've been played through a bad speaker at full volume ...
#1. "98 kbps" mp3 bitrate is too low for music, should be 256 kbps or 320 ...
'98kbps' mp3 bitrate is too low for music.png


#2. Shouldn't use online audio converters like "x2convert", most deliver badware as a free-gift with the mp3 download ...
https ://www.pcrisk.com/removal-guides/20048-x2convert-com-ads
Audacity can export files in mp3 format, so you don't need to use risky online converter.
https ://manual.audacityteam.org/man/mp3_export_options.html
Hi there, I've tried changing the bitrate through Audacity, but I know it wouldn't change anything as the audio quality is still bad due to the cassette recording. Also, I didn't use the website x2convert, but I used a different one. I'm not too worried about any badware, as I have a very good virus/malware/etc protection for my browser and PC. I know Audacity can export in mp3, but my digitiser decided to put it into a weird format.

I was mainly wondering if I can make the files sound better, or if someone could help me do it. Thank you for the advice though :D

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Re: Can Somebody Help Me Fix These Music Files?

Post by steve » Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:12 pm

sarahwatts54 wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:03 pm
I was mainly wondering if I can make the files sound better, or if someone could help me do it.
MP3 damage (from using too low kbps) is irreversible and unrepairable. You will need to get a new copy of the music and avoid using low bit-rate MP3.

The recommended procedure when recording music is to export a backup / archive copy in WAV format (high quality), and then if you require an MP3, export another copy as MP3.
Learn more about Nyquist programming at audionyq.com

sarahwatts54
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Re: Can Somebody Help Me Fix These Music Files?

Post by sarahwatts54 » Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:56 pm

steve wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:12 pm
sarahwatts54 wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:03 pm
I was mainly wondering if I can make the files sound better, or if someone could help me do it.
MP3 damage (from using too low kbps) is irreversible and unrepairable. You will need to get a new copy of the music and avoid using low bit-rate MP3.
It's not just the bit rate of the mp3 recording though, it's also bad quality on cassette since I only recently inherited some of these cassettes and some of them are over 40 years old. I'm unable to get another copy, and if I re-digitise it, it would still be crap, except in a in a higher quality :lol:

I know friends of whom have taken old cassettes to professionals for them to be digitised and remastered/fixed up so the mp3 had a better quality than the cassette, but they've had to pay quite a bit for it :?

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