I noticed in a SoundCloud article that SoundCloud recommends uploading in lossless format such as WAV or FLAC. I have a track that I converted from WAV to FLAC and it sounds great when I listen to the file on my computer. But after I upload the FLAC to SoundCloud then listen to it, it sounds pretty terrible, it sounds like it's been converted to 128kbps mp3 or lower. Why is this happening? Why would Soundcloud recommend uploading lossless audio files if it will ruin the quality anyway? Is this a mistake? Is this supposed to be happening?
After writing that, I have read that SoundCloud is converting all files from the given bitrate (such as maybe 600kbps or something for FLAC) to 64kbps. Is this true? If so, I'll just host my files on my website without SoundCloud. I'd like lossless recordings and not beyond-low-quality recordings.
I also tried uploading the original WAV file and it sounds just as terrible. What gives? Is Soundcloud really converting to 64kbps, beyond-garbage, beyond-unacceptable, completely-worthless sound quality? If so, hello html and hello basic web hosting for my audio files, thanks.