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I want to get more out of my sound Answered

I've been getting kinda bored with how my music sounds, and I have LOTS of it on my computer. Some is really pushing the line as far as the quality (128kbps bleh), but most of my music is fairly good quality, some of it flac rips of my cds. I can listen to a good cd on a good cd player on my stereo and it has clean basslines and no distortion in the treble, and no crackle unless it was recorded right into the track. But on my mac, mostly only the high bit rate stuff sounds okay on my stereo. Stuff at 192kb/s or vbr sounds crackely and I can't stand it. I often found a lot of the times it was the EQ in iTunes, if I turned it off, sometimes the crackle would go away, has anyone found this with their mac? I have the volume down 4 notches from full, so I know it's not clipping or it would show on my stereo. I've tried surfing the inter webs for DSP software or something of that sort for my mac, but apparently all there is, is like professional mixer board software and just stuff I didn't want to get into. Why can't there be a program made for even a PC that gives you any amount of access to sliders to adjust the EQ of the sound, that doesn't sound like crap? Im not talking itunes what? 10 sliders? I want to be able to adjust like 30-60 sliders per channel, does anyone make eq software like that????

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NachoMahma

10 years ago

. When I do any recording, I turn off as many effects (including eq) as possible. Some older sources may require a little tweaking, but I keep it to a minimum. If I want more bass, I'll crank up the eq on the pre-amp during playback.
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. The crackle is probably caused by an input signal that is too hot. Digital is much more intolerant of clipping than analog. Analog tends to degrade gracefully, instead of all at once. You might want to double check and make sure your source is not clipping/distorting, possibly due to an impedance mismatch.
. Could be a loose connection. Check all jacks, plugs, and wiring.
. Possibly a problem with the codec you are using.
. Might even be an amplifier or driver problem.
. Maybe you just have real sensitive ears. Use a lossless codec.
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. Can't help you with the ad. Try posting a bug report. I'd suggest a liitle more tact/diplomacy when asking for favors. ;)

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PunkguytaNachoMahma

Reply 10 years ago

I think I am really senstive to music, well except when I drink, then anything above 64kb sounds good :S . Lossless does sound wicked, but takes up an ungodly amount of space. My 30 gig music library could end up taking up my entire 150 gig external drive. While I don't mind that, and someday I want terabytes of lossless music, I don't currently have that many c notes to shell out for enough 500gig drives to make a server that big. Dreams, dreams..my friend.

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Punkguyta

10 years ago

BTW, can we get this FRICKIN Ad over here moved? ------>

Shouldn't the profile/user info be more like closer to the top where you're actually looking at the topic?