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best way to concentate low-quality mp3s together?
post Nov 19 2012, 00:27
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Hi, there, I recorded an important interview with what I thought was a high quality audio recorder (Marantz).
Apparently I totally messed up on the settings. I used a preset which recorded in mp3 of 64 bit, and worse, the recorder automatically chopped everything into 3 or 5 minute clips. What a bother! (I read the manual very thoroughly after that!)

I need to concatenate the mp3s into a single audio lasting about 45 or 60 minutes. I haven't opened up Audacity yet, but I suspect I can just connect the tracks using that tool. When I put everything into a big track and save as mp3, will the sound quality decline precipitiously? Are there any settings I can take to minimize any degradation of quality which occurs?

This is only speech, so the quality does not have to be great. But there might be some additional sound quality issues (i.e., things which need to removed or flattened out) to deal with.

Should I make a wav of everything first, and then edit and then convert the longer file into mp3?

Thanks. Robert
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post Nov 19 2012, 20:47
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The second option of Dynamic's, in case things aren't totally clear, means to just tag those small files with a track number (if they don't come that way from the recorder), put them in a folder, and play them. I use mp3directcut all the time to break larger audio book files into more reasonable pieces. There is never any sign of a problem upon playing the book.

Also, some audio book on CD come with 99 tracks per CD, all short of course. I extract them, tag them, and play them on my personal player. There is never a problem.
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