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Everything about File Compression: Take 6 November 23, 2008

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Problems with lossy (mp3, AAC, Vorbis…) encoders

We’ve established that there are a lot of good things about these encoders (dramatically reduce file size, allowed the internet to be the new battleground for music, etc…).

But what are some problems that these encoders can introduce?  Why do they sometimes sound wonky? (more…)

Everything about File Compression: Audio Examples November 19, 2008

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Now that I’ve told you all about compression formats, let’s do some listening. (more…)

Everything about File Compression: Take 5 November 19, 2008

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FLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCC

aka FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)

Keyword there being: Lossless!  No data is removed from the audio.  Let’s dive in… (more…)

Everything about File Compression: Take 4 November 18, 2008

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Ogg Vorbis?

Definitely wins the award for the weirdest name among digital audio compression formats.  However, Ogg Vorbis is arguably one of the best sounding and easiest to access of the bunch (it’s open source, aka FREE) (more…)

Everything about File Compression: Take 3 November 18, 2008

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AAC

…which, although commonly referred to as “Apple Audio Codec”, this actually stands for Advanced Audio Coding. (more…)

Variable Bit Rate Explained (a side note) November 17, 2008

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So, what is variable bit rate (or VBR)?

This is a tangent from the compression articles. I thought I should explain VBR. (more…)

Everything about File Compression: Take 2 November 17, 2008

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MP3

Loved by many, despised by some…  regardless of where you stand, mp3 is hugely important in the proliferation of internet music.  It is the original method of delivering compressed audio (mainly over the internet).

What does MP3 stand for? How does it compress?  Why is it “good”? Why is it “bad”?  Let’s dive in… (more…)

Everything about File Compression: Take 1 November 13, 2008

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(as a side note, sorry for the lack of my posts lately, grad school is getting the better of my time…)

Ah…. the internet.  One of the greatest inventions of our time, not only for information technology… but also for (you guessed it) the audio industry!

The internet has allowed us to turn the music market upside-down.  With CD sales on the fall and internet music on the rise, a substantial need for good-sounding compression formats has arisen.  But how do these compression codecs actually do what they do?  Why do some sound better than others?  Why do some sound like… well… bad?  We’ll explore this over the series of articles. (more…)

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