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Why does my burned CD sound so much different than my Project file on computer?

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asked Aug 21, 2017 in Studio One 3 by geosaxx6 (150 points)
I have a perfect mix in MY Project. It sounds great on my computer/studio speakers. I burn a CD, play it in my car or on my stereo and it is entirely different...."thin" and is frustrating to edit my Studio One mix, burn a CD, go to my car, take notes, try to adjust...repeat over and over! How do you mix it right for your end user????

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answered Aug 24, 2017 by TechSupport77 (195,020 points)
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When you burn to a CD, the audio is set to a sample rate of 44.1 khz. and a bit depth/resolution of 16 bit.  If you are working with audio at a 192 khz. sample rate or high def, inside of Studio One, I could see a scenario in which the audio may sound "thin" when burned to a CD.  Especially if you are mixing with some extremely high-end headphones.  Oftentimes, Studio Engineers will mount car speakers to plywood in the Studio and connect them to an amp or receiver to be able to switch over when monitoring for this reason.