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22nd October 2006
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Optimizing Audio for Myspace Flash Player

perhaps I missed the boat here. However, is anyone aware of how to optimize audio for Myspace. A band turned me on to the fact that the audio compression that myspace supposedly doesn't do, does infact severely degrade sound versus say tagworld and the like.
If you pay close attention to the Mixes of a great deal of the Larger artist such as the Fray etc. There mixes appear Louder than they do on a normal CD. Im thinking because they are over compensating for the fact that the player starts off in a mid position... But I am just taking a guess here. I really dont know which section on GearSlutz this falls into so I figured Id just put it in the High End Catergory since most of us in here have probably run up against the same or similar situation...
Should the Mix be dithered to 96Kbps since this appears to be the Myspace download format... Which would eliminate Myspace from compressing the format... Or do they do it anyway. To convert the file from MP3 to SWF...
I am sort of knowledgable of Macromedia products now Adobe, but I have tried everything and maybe some one knows an easier way...
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I have no enlightenment to offer, but I have noticed that when I've uploaded the same mix twice, it sounds VERY different. The myspace audio process is a mysterious thing, indeed.
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ran a search on the net

nothing came up with issues dealing with this...
So I emailed Myspace. They replied with a crock I think... "We dont compress the Format, we just adjust the bitrate... " HA HA. And....????
LOL I think this is a joke Kiddos.... The fact is this... I think since the download rate is a 96Kbps file even though you may upload a 320KBps file, it will convert it.. So I tried this out... Bingo....
IF you use WaveLab or Sequoia just dither it to 16 bit MP3 at 96KBps... Get it sounding good there... Since Myspace's compression is a true false dither box.. So if the format matches it doesnt change the file in anyway... ~
Long time to figure this one out... Im just amazed no one has flamed this one before
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I like to use wavelab with the "Franhofer" codec.
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I believe that downloading and streaming are done at two different rates - 96 and 192 kbps.

I'd try using 44.1k as opposed to 48k as well - could be just my experience but the 48k files I uploaded once sound extra crunchy..


The best bet is to upload, listen, then try again.
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the best bet

In a perfect world bands wouldnt have to slut themselves to Myspace for exposure...
If you think about it... Lets take for example one band...
The Fray
almost 30 million plays....
You know how much they got paid for it?
Zero...
You know how much myspace made off of it...
about 650,000.00 dollars...
Wow...
Seems like to me this is an unfair imbalance...
Just my two cents...
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In a perfect world bands wouldnt have to slut themselves to Myspace for exposure...
If you think about it... Lets take for example one band...
The Fray
almost 30 million plays....
You know how much they got paid for it?
Zero...
You know how much myspace made off of it...
about 650,000.00 dollars...
Wow...
Seems like to me this is an unfair imbalance...
Just my two cents...
''You know how much myspace made off of it...
about 650,000.00 dollars...''


How?
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I'd like to know this to....
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in my experience, if your mix sounds really good, it sounds really good on myspace.


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In a perfect world bands wouldnt have to slut themselves to Myspace for exposure...
If you think about it... Lets take for example one band...
The Fray
almost 30 million plays....
You know how much they got paid for it?
Zero...
You know how much myspace made off of it...
about 650,000.00 dollars...
Wow...
Seems like to me this is an unfair imbalance...
Just my two cents...
Me wondering how this was figured too?

But even if myspace was obviously making $$$ off advertising and a band like The Fray increases those revenues, think of the hundreds of thousands of bands that have very little play and site traffic....I bet the advertising revenue for those low traffic pages doesn't cover the costs myspace endures. Not to mention all the non-music myspace pages....which I'm guessing there are millions of personal myspace pages that have very little traffic.

And the final thought: If The Fray thought it was an unfair balance, they could just remove their page. But my guess is the Fray is in an even more imbalanced situation---a Record contract....which probably requires them to have and maintain a myspace page.
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nothing came up with issues dealing with this...
So I emailed Myspace. They replied with a crock I think... "We dont compress the Format, we just adjust the bitrate... " HA HA. And....????
LOL I think this is a joke Kiddos.... The fact is this... I think since the download rate is a 96Kbps file even though you may upload a 320KBps file, it will convert it.. So I tried this out... Bingo....
IF you use WaveLab or Sequoia just dither it to 16 bit MP3 at 96KBps... Get it sounding good there... Since Myspace's compression is a true false dither box.. So if the format matches it doesnt change the file in anyway... ~
Long time to figure this one out... Im just amazed no one has flamed this one before
Great tip if that's how it plays out. So just fanagle the mix down to an mp3 at that bit rate and it should upload exactly as it was created? Thanks!
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oh sorry for not explaining that one

Lets take the Fray for example...
On any given page they have one or two advertisements. Myspace earns about 8.25 to 9.50 per thousand impressions of one ad. So if the have two advertisements on one page thats what they earn. So take for example the Fray

I mean this purely speculative as they may have earned more or less.

But lets say they earned 16.25 for every thousands hits to the site 9583235
would be
9583235 / 1000 = 9583.32 * 16.25 equals 155, 727.00

This is from intial impressions....
However, Myspace uses an auto loader to autoload impressions whil eyou browse ever thirty seconds. so realistically they maye have earned alot more than 650,000 dollars off the advertisements since they have thirty million plays...
Of course if they had been played on the radio thirty million times they would have earned exponentially more...

The thing is for exposure the bands lose out on a huge revenue stream that myspace enjoys.
The facts are simple the bandwidth and space that it takes to power myspace is nominal at best in respect to how much it earns off the back of musicians... Take that away, and they would literally have no market...
After all its a networking site where mostly people just share pictures and comments... (I.E Email)
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here are my 2 cents:
since i audio export into mp3 (320kb) directly out of cubase sx3 the sound improved greatly. i mix stuff for mp3 rather loud (l2 etc.).

check:
myspace.com/duvalle

"rolling eazy" is as loud and fat as i can get it by now ...
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IF you use WaveLab or Sequoia just dither it to 16 bit MP3 at 96KBps... Get it sounding good there... Since Myspace's compression is a true false dither box.. So if the format matches it doesnt change the file in anyway... ~
So have you verified this?

And why do you specify WaveLab or Sequoia? Wouldn't any codec work?

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I have only verified

it in as much as trial and error on a couple of different computers with a couple of different sets of speakers... And it appears to bypass the compression....
You can use and mp3 encoding you like, I was just using wavelab as an example... In fact it can sometimes give a good result especially when your going from Wav to mp3 at such a fast bit rate..
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Once I noted MySpace produces 96kbps 22kHz mp3s I thought I'd compress as this format and upload, but MS still spent a while 'processing' it, and it did sound different when I played it back. I think you'd probably get a better result uploading as high a quality file as possible, keeping within the 10MB size limit, as it seems to process indiscriminantly.
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I believe that downloading and streaming are done at two different rates - 96 and 192 kbps.

I'd try using 44.1k as opposed to 48k as well - could be just my experience but the 48k files I uploaded once sound extra crunchy..


The best bet is to upload, listen, then try again.
you should never use 48k
cd quality is 44.1 so you don't want your stuff converted all the time

the myspace player is 22050 sample rate 96kbps
thats not the big problem,
when the myspace player converts the mp3,
it causes aliasing on the high end

but you know what, its so bad,
theres no real way to fix it,
only make it more tolerable
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Once I noted MySpace produces 96kbps 22kHz mp3s I thought I'd compress as this format and upload, but MS still spent a while 'processing' it, and it did sound different when I played it back. I think you'd probably get a better result uploading as high a quality file as possible, keeping within the 10MB size limit, as it seems to process indiscriminantly.
yes,
you're exactly right.
this is why there's no real solution
because converting yourself would have fixed it,
if the myspace player didn't convert automaticly

covert to 256k, it sounds the best to me

the worst part is,
they don't even offer advice on how to get a good sound out of it
the don't even tell you what kind of mp3s to use
and when anybody tries to ask them whats up about it,
they just dismiss them
i see it all the time on these forums

I've been trying to find a solution for this problem for a long time,
nothing works unless you totally eq out the high end down to like 8k!!
and compress everything as much as you can
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Great tip if that's how it plays out. So just fanagle the mix down to an mp3 at that bit rate and it should upload exactly as it was created? Thanks!
nope, it still converts
and sounds twice as bad

upload at 256k
cut of the high end of the track your having trouble with at somewhere between 8-11k and compress it as much as you can

its an improvement
but if ur having problems with snares and high hats like me
you cant fix it,
because high hats are usually around 16k
and snares are around 8-11k
so they're right in that range that craps out
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Simple solution, don't use myspace.

It sounds terrible.

Your better off giving a 128kbps mp3 that you control on the bit torrent networks.

I had 10,000 hits in three weeks on my myspace page, that did not equate to a single additional sold record.

Myspace exists to completely remove the emotional connection between the artist and people that enjoy what the artists do.



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Wouldn't it be possible to embed other player into the myspace profile, bypassing the default one? Something that could stream AAC+, for instance?
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