MP3/WMA creation tips?

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  1. Philip Hamm

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    I got a little tiny hardware MP3 player for camping trips. This thing will be played through 3" tall micro-speakers so fidelity has little importance, though the lowest bitrate possible may be a bit much.

    I'm looking for tips as to how to best optimize space for my MP3s. I've got a 256mb SD card and 128mb built in to work with. The machine is a Philips SA235, it plays WMAs and MP3s. I haven't gotten it yet, it's in the mail.

    Tool recommendations would be welcome also. Right now I'm using CDEx to make MP3s. The WMAs I've made from CDEx have been unusable.

    I want small file sizes with the best fidelity I can get for the tiny size.
     
  2. Kimmo Jaskari

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    Too bad it doesn't play OGG, people generally claim small OGG files sound sweet compared to WMA and MP3. I generally encode at high bitrates so I get high enough quality to use anywhere including my "serious" sound systems...

    As much as I abhor saying it [​IMG] WMA is reportedly producing better sound at low bitrates. I'm not too fond of it though since it is an entirely proprietary format.

    Personally, however, I'd use a combination of Exact Audio Copy and the LAME MP3 encoder and see what you can come up with.
     
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    How about MediaPlayer for encoding WMAs? Microsoft tool for Microsoft format? I use it at work for ripping my CDs into VBR WMA, and it's fast and simple.
     
  4. Scott L

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    Just do WMA, not going over 128kbps vbr.

    If the WMA files still don't work take Kimmo's advice and use EAC + LAME at the same bitrate.
     
  5. Philip Hamm

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    I'll have to look into that. I've never created files in Media Player.
     
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    For low (128K or less) bit rates, I agree that WMA is probably your best bet, since you need to conserve storage space. If you end up getting a higher capacity MP3 player later, though, MP3's encoded with EAC and LAME at 192K VBR or higher will offer the best combination of compatibility and sound quality. That is how I have everything encoded for my 40GB iPod.
     
  7. Mike Fassler

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    do a google search for a program called Db power amp its freeware but extremely good at converting all file types and has a ton of plugins available.
     

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