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Compression

As mentioned in Chapter 2, “Preparing Yourself,” lossless (as opposed to lossy) audio compression smoothes the audio’s dynamic range. Although the concept of compression is similar to normalization, the method and result are rather different. While normalization changes the audio level consistently by the same amount, compression makes softer and louder parts closer to the same level.

When encoding to low bit rates, use compression for audio that has a wide dynamic range to allow the encoder to do a more efficient job. Classical and acoustic music benefit from a healthy dose of compression prior to encoding. Sadly, doing this results in a loss of sonic subtlety, but most streaming audio (especially low bit rate) loses this anyway.


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