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Another Normalize Before Encoding Question..., Does level affect Lame's quality
post Jan 28 2005, 10:30
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My apologies in advance if this topic has been done to death - I searched and found nothing quite addressing the following question:

Does level affect Lame's encoding quality? I understand completely what normalizing does and why it (generally) should be avoided, but here's an example...

When archiving a DVD to XviD, say I want to also backup the commentary track... Often the commentary tracks are extremely quiet, peaking around -10, average being obviously much lower. I don't care about the low level since that's what that big round knob is for, but since I don't want to waste space on a voice-only commentary tracks, I wish to archive at 96kbs - Will LAME's psychoacoustic model behave differently at those low levels, or should I Normalize for a better quality encoding at these low bitrates (96kbs - 128kbs)?


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