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24 bit lossless to mp3 using lame, For best quality, do I normalize it first?
post Jan 19 2012, 10:37
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I want to convert a 24 bit FLAC to v0 mp3. (the source is not vinyl, I'd like to avoid that conversation)
Currently its highest peak is -9dBFS which is pretty quiet. Should I normalize the 24-bit file so that it peaks at the maximum value first?

An alternative way to word this question:
Does lame truncate 24 bits to 16 bits before encoding?

I'm also curious about dithering. Should I dither to 16 bits using a high quality algorithm like SoX and then feed that to lame to encode?

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