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Serious Quality and volume loss when uploading to soundcloud

  • 16 October 2015
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I am uploading a track to Soundcloud, however, when I bounce the track and upload to soundcloud, the quality of the song is destroyed. The frequency response is ruined, and the volume drops quite a bit and I can almost make out some distortion.
I have tried uploading the track at 128 kbps MP3 but the problem still occurs.. its not a problem with the export from my DAW because the quality loss only occurs when playing back on soundcloud. My track sound great when played in comparison to my reference, but then sounds awful when compared to the same reference off of soundcloud.
What can i do to fix this?

Thanks!

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Same issue... I feel like if your track is too wide it gets really noticeable. More mono sounding tracks sound less shitty at 128. Other than that I'm just as confused a you man lol
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Hi there,

Thanks for getting in touch here. Hmm, let's see. Basically, as Gio has pointed out correctly already, every upload gets converted to a 128kbps audio mp3 file for the purpose of streaming. This can have an affect on the overall quality of the sound, yes. It is due to the compression of the file.

If you let your users download your tracks, they will download the exact same file that you've uploaded though, so it is here that you can let your listeners have the uncompressed file, or a higher quality compressed file format (e.g., a 320kbps mp3 file for instance).

There are great resources online that provide insights into what happens when an audio file, and how to best prepare tracks that are planned to go online. Here are two resources that I found are worth a read:

http://www.modernsoundmastering.com/2011/07/optimizing-audio-for-lossy-formats-mp3aacitunes/
and
http://www.justmastering.com/article-mixingformp3.php

I will go ahead and forward your query to our product team, no doubt, as this is important feedback, however I hope the links provide further insight.

Cheers
Mathis
Thanks for your response Mathis. I would like to propose a solution. I would love to see an upgrade in streaming quality for pro users. Even to 192 or 256...something like that would make a huge impact. This would also lead to a substantial sales increase for soundcloud.
appreciate this, Mathis.. please let me know if something comes up from the product team and I will look into these links now!
Thanks,
Josh
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Thanks for following up on this, you two. I will make sure to pass on your feedback to the relevant product team. To my knowledge, this is currently not something we're planning to release soon, however any feedback from our users is highly valued, so thanks again for your input!
Hi there,

Thanks for getting in touch here. Hmm, let's see. Basically, as Gio has pointed out correctly already, every upload gets converted to a 128kbps audio mp3 file for the purpose of streaming. This can have an affect on the overall quality of the sound, yes. It is due to the compression of the file.

If you let your users download your tracks, they will download the exact same file that you've uploaded though, so it is here that you can let your listeners have the uncompressed file, or a higher quality compressed file format (e.g., a 320kbps mp3 file for instance).

There are great resources online that provide insights into what happens when an audio file, and how to best prepare tracks that are planned to go online. Here are two resources that I found are worth a read:

http://www.modernsoundmastering.com/2011/07/optimizing-audio-for-lossy-formats-mp3aacitunes/
and
http://www.justmastering.com/article-mixingformp3.php

I will go ahead and forward your query to our product team, no doubt, as this is important feedback, however I hope the links provide further insight.

Cheers
Mathis

Ouh man, thanks a lot!

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