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Creating an MP3 Mix

The Web has spawned a group of compressed file formats for audio. A CD-ready, 16-bit, 44.1-kHz stereo file consumes about 10MB of disk space per minute of audio. At some future date, that size will no doubt seem small, but not many people today want to stream 45MB of data from a server to play a four-and-a-half-minute song. MP3 has become the most prominent compressed audio format on the Web because it lets you create files that are fairly small and can sound pretty decent.

Never export your final mix, or even a loop, as an MP3 file. All of the compressed file formats discussed here should be used only for creating files that you put on the Web or distribute in some way other than on a CD. In other words, create your final mix in an uncompressed file format—then create a mix in a compressed format if you like. You use the same methods in Cubase to create an MP3 file that you use to create a WAV or AIFF file, but when you select MP3 (Figure 18.25), you have another set of options for the file you will create:


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