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- Aug 29 12:05 PMWhat LAME settings do people use - especially for lower rates (lower
I've always found that the default settings are not great for lower
rates, even with higher quality set.
--- In email@example.com, Stephen Eley <SFEley@g...> wrote:
> On 8/29/05, Ron Jeffries <ronjeffries@x...> wrote:
> > On Monday, August 29, 2005, at 11:21:26 AM, Stephen Eley wrote:
> > > One has to achieve a state of Zen in these things. I usually encode
> > > with the LAME '-q 0' switch, so complaints that compressing,
> > > exporting, etc. take too long only make me laugh softly.
> > What does the -q switch do?
> It stands for Quality, and chooses which algorithms LAME uses for its
> encoding tasks and some of the constants within those tasks. The
> range is 0..9. 9 is extremely fast and extremely poor quality (it
> turns off all psychoacoustic modeling); 0 is the best quality and is
> extremely slow. On my Athlon XP 2200 box, LAME-encoding at 0 is a
> little less than real-time. On my Mac Mini it tends to be *longer*
> than real-time.
> Is it overkill? Almost definitely. '-q 1' sounds identical to my own
> ears and takes about a fourth the time. On the other hand, I don't
> have the best playback equipment, and it's a free and easy way to set
> my mind at ease that I've done the best encoding job possible for the
> bitrate I've chosen.
> Anyway, the time it takes doesn't cause me stress. If I'm in a hurry
> (because it's already 3 AM, let's say) I use '-q 1' or '-q 2'.
> Otherwise I just take a break while the file is encoding; pop some
> popcorn, watch _The Daily Show_ for a bit. Then I tweak my tags and
> add album art in iTunes, and finish my popcorn while I wait for the
> FTP upload to finish. >8-> (Never a fast process either.)
> Have Fun,
> Steve Eley (sfeley@g...)
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