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mp3 export quality is poor.

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asked Feb 28, 2018 in Studio One 3 by randyhayes3 (340 points)
When exporting speech audio (narration for example) by itself as an mp3 file, a low-frequency rumble or distortion is present.  It appears no matter the bit rate.  Exporting first to .wav file, then converting to mp3 in a 3rd party program, there is no such noise introduced into the audio.  Please fix this.  I'm happy to provide samples.

Also, it would be best to provide additional options in outputting to the mp3 file format, such as VBR and monaural files.

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answered Mar 3, 2018 by jonnylipsham (14,930 points)
I just want to check if you are aware that you can export at a variety of different qualities: 128, 264, 320 (which is the highest quality for mp3). Have you tried any of these? I export voice tracks all the time, and all works smoothly. So, I wonder if this rumble is present because of interference in the circuitry, room lighting, etc.

PLease bear in mind that different rates will allow for different amounts of compression of the file by the mp3 encoding, which means some loss of quality compared to .wav files.

I hope this helps.
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answered Mar 3, 2018 by randyhayes3 (340 points)

Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my inquiry.  I have tried the various bit rates, and the rumble is present to varying degrees.  It's really a puzzle.  As mentioned before, the problem is not present when exporting into a different format, such as .wav.  Currently, I have to export as .wav, then open the file in Sony Vegas and re-export as mp3 (mono, 128kbps), and everything sounds clean as a whistle.

If I could ".wav" a magic wand, I'd want to see Studio One using the exact same mp3 codec with the exact same options as found in Sony Vegas.

Again, thank you so much for your thoughtful reply.