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iTunes MP3 CODEC: Strange Setting? It use LAME or other?, Smart Encoding and 10 Hz Filter????
Antigen
post Apr 19 2012, 00:03
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Hi to all,

I hope that some one have experience with the iTunes MP3 ENCODER.

I don't know if iTunes use LAME or other encoder for MP3 but I have see strange setting in the setup page-

My setting are:

- STEREO BIT RATE 320 KBPS
- SAMPLE RATE: AUTO
- CHANNELS: AUTO
- STEREO MODE: JOINT STEREO

- SMART ENCODING ADJUSTMENTS ON
- FILTER FREQUENCIES BELOW 10 Hz

But what is the SMART ENCODING ADJUSTMENT?

And is not a bad idea filter the frequencies below 10 Hz?

What do you suggest?

For LAME I know that is better JOINT STEREO but with iTUNES ENCODER?

Thanks

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[JAZ]
post Apr 19 2012, 19:50
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10Hz Filtering: This is not a setting about improving efficiency or removing things that cannot be heard.

Generally, these types of filter are used to kill any DC offset that could exist in the signal. This should not exist in CD's but should not be strange at all with Vinyl rips or other analog sources. (Note: killing 50/60Hz Hum is acomplished with a notch band filter, which is not this case).
Said that, compression (as in dynamics) might also generate sub 10Hz "noise".


stereo/joint stereo and iTunes: I've heard several things about iTunes encoder. First, that it was the one that existed in the original software that Apple bought. Then, that it was an in-house version, then also that it was a derived version from frauhofer's encoder.

Said that, the sentences about using joint stereo at 128kbps and below, and stereo at 160Kbps and above come from before year 2000. The idea is that the more one lowers the bitrate, the more that joint stereo is needed. Not using it at higher bitrates had only sense in using less power or less complex selection algorithms on encoding (Remember MP3 was invented around 1994, and that originally, doing automatic switching between joint stereo and simple stereo like LAME, was not too common).

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- Antigen   iTunes MP3 CODEC: Strange Setting? It use LAME or other?   Apr 19 2012, 00:03
- - db1989   I looked these up recently in preparation for usin...   Apr 19 2012, 00:10
- - Antigen   Thank you. I have see that if I use SMART ENCODIN...   Apr 19 2012, 00:25
|- - db1989   QUOTE (Antigen @ Apr 19 2012, 00:25) I ha...   Apr 19 2012, 00:28
- - Antigen   yes, I have tried with: SMART ENCODING ON and OFF...   Apr 19 2012, 00:35
- - db1989   Assuming proper (read: not incompetent) implementa...   Apr 19 2012, 00:42
- - Antigen   The ABX test on iTunes MP3 codec that I have found...   Apr 19 2012, 00:46
|- - db1989   I hoped Id emphasised enough that you should not ...   Apr 19 2012, 00:50
- - Antigen   My assumption is based only on this Stereo Mode: ...   Apr 19 2012, 00:54
- - db1989   Yes, joint stereo can improve quality at low bitra...   Apr 19 2012, 01:04
- - Antigen   I think that Joint Stereo, that is a lossless comp...   Apr 19 2012, 01:09
|- - db1989   QUOTE (Antigen @ Apr 19 2012, 01:09) I th...   Apr 19 2012, 01:15
||- - Antigen   QUOTE (db1989 @ Apr 19 2012, 02:15) QUOTE...   Apr 19 2012, 01:17
||- - Antigen   Here and interesting link http://myweb.tiscali.co...   Apr 19 2012, 01:38
||- - greynol   QUOTE (Antigen @ Apr 18 2012, 17:17) And ...   Apr 19 2012, 01:59
||- - pdq   QUOTE (Antigen @ Apr 18 2012, 20:17) Join...   Apr 19 2012, 12:57
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (Antigen @ Apr 19 2012, 02:09) The ...   Apr 19 2012, 05:47
- - RobertoDomenico   I don't know if this is any help but it's ...   Apr 19 2012, 03:56
- - RobertoDomenico   Totally agree with what Nessuno said. XLD is by fa...   Apr 19 2012, 07:46
- - Antigen   Thanks very much, I think that I will use XLD in a...   Apr 19 2012, 09:17
- - [JAZ]   10Hz Filtering: This is not a setting about improv...   Apr 19 2012, 19:50


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