Minimal Spoken Word Rip settings - AIFF to MP3?

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Minimal Spoken Word Rip settings - AIFF to MP3?

Post by castaicmac » Tue Jan 24, 2006 3:57 am

I'm trying to convert AIFF files on a bunch of spoken word CDs to MP3 and then hopefully to an iPod and want to know what Max preference settings will give me the smallest file size to allow for the maximum number of tracks on the iPod. I'm willing to sacrifice some fidelity. Typically, each of my CDs has 6 tracks totalling 600MB and runs 60 minutes. Thanks.
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Post by sbooth » Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:30 pm

This thread on HydrogenAudio has a lot of information on LAME settings.

Here is a relevant excerpt:
Very low bitrate, small sizes: eg. for voice, radio, mono encoding etc.
--abr xx (e.g. --abr 80)
For very low bitrates, up to 100kbps, ABR is most often the best solution.
--preset voice is only available in the command line front-end, and is there for compatibility.
It is currently mapped to --abr 56 -mm, so that means that the recommendation would be to encode in mono, and use ABR.

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Post by castaicmac » Tue Jan 24, 2006 6:47 pm

Thank you. My limited audio files expertise has been expanded.

Using Max, I'm able to reduce file sizes noted above at the rate of 97% setting Max's MP3 custom prefs to:
(1) Target: Quality>Engine Fast>with mono selected>slider=10>VBR Fast ,
(2) Target: Bitrate>Engine Fast with mono selected>slider=32> CBR not selected.

Other prefs at default setting.

This seems to minimize the files best unless you have some more helpful suggestions. Thanks.
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