Importing Song, decrease in quality?

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patrick.olson86
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Importing Song, decrease in quality?

Post by patrick.olson86 » Mon May 07, 2012 10:10 pm

Just a quick question. When you guys import an entire song to slice up in Live, are you noticing a decrease in quality from what the file sounds like in iTunes? At first I was thinking it was due to the iTunes EQ settings, but it sounds much weaker and thinner in Live.

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Re: Importing Song, decrease in quality?

Post by globalgoon » Mon May 07, 2012 10:16 pm

iTunes has a phatter sound than Ableton

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Re: Importing Song, decrease in quality?

Post by Tone Deft » Mon May 07, 2012 10:46 pm

turn the volume up. louder is perceived as better. also make sure warp is off until you know how to use it.
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Re: Importing Song, decrease in quality?

Post by lethal_pizzle » Mon May 07, 2012 11:23 pm

iTunes usually performs some 'audio enhancing' processing on the tunes it plays, such as bass maximising and harmonic exciting. It may make a finished mix sound better for some, but it's not something you'd want as a default when you're constructing a mix.

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Re: Importing Song, decrease in quality?

Post by oblique strategies » Mon May 07, 2012 11:29 pm

lethal_pizzle wrote:iTunes usually performs some 'audio enhancing' processing on the tunes it plays, such as bass maximising and harmonic exciting.
Can you show where this is documented? Thanks.

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Re: Importing Song, decrease in quality?

Post by Tone Deft » Mon May 07, 2012 11:58 pm

oblique strategies wrote:
lethal_pizzle wrote:iTunes usually performs some 'audio enhancing' processing on the tunes it plays, such as bass maximising and harmonic exciting.
Can you show where this is documented? Thanks.
google.

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Re: Importing Song, decrease in quality?

Post by oblique strategies » Tue May 08, 2012 2:41 am

Sure, I knew that. But this is an option that must be turned on via iTunes Preferences. The default playback mode of iTunes is neutral - or is something else going on that one needs to know about?

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