Muddy Waters low bitrate?
Feb 20, 2008 at 3:55 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 7

indysmith

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I just ripped a Muddy Waters CD in iTunes in Apple's Lossless format, and all the tracks are around 260kbps... with most CDs they're up at around 800-1100kbps, what's the deal guys?
 
Feb 20, 2008 at 7:58 PM Post #2 of 7

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Pop/Jazz etc. usually end up around 7-900Kbps for me. While hard rock usually end up around 1000-1100Kbps. 260Kbps seems low, but certainly possible. As I have at least one album that end up ~350Kbps on average.
 
Feb 20, 2008 at 8:30 PM Post #3 of 7

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I'm guessing it's a combination of factors here.
1. Mono source?
2. Very low complexity
3. Sensible sound levels

All would reduce the bitrate, a combination of all three would reduce it substantially.

Main thing is.. does it sound the same as the source? If it does.. you're good to go
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Feb 21, 2008 at 3:16 AM Post #4 of 7

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I only have one Muddy Waters album, At Newport 1960. Encoded as ALAC, the first nine tracks have a typical bit-rate, from about 800 to 1100kbps. The last four tracks, however, are at about half that. The Get Info window shows them as being stereo, but they sound mono. (The first nine tracks have some obvious stereo effects.) So I suspect that when both channels are the same, even if it's a "stereo" track, that the encoder is smart enough to know this and not duplicate them.

But even if that's the case, 260kbps still seems low. Is there a lot of silence in each track or something like that?
 
Feb 21, 2008 at 4:12 AM Post #5 of 7

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Maybe you did something that muddied the waters? It's possible...
 
Feb 21, 2008 at 4:17 AM Post #6 of 7

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Quote:

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Maybe you did something that muddied the waters? It's possible...


Chuckle!

I too have found my blues cds record on lower bit rates. Guess theres just not enough info. to use the higher bit rates.
 
Feb 21, 2008 at 8:48 AM Post #7 of 7

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Meh, it sounds fine (well as good as those old recordings can), So I guess it's all good. I never realized that CD's wouldn't all contain about the same amount of information per track.
Thanks!
 

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