in Podcast 213, Pro Tools community member Glenn Skinner asked for our opinions about which software package we use to create mp3 or AAC audio files and we thought it would be even more helpful to get a broad base of opinion and choices.
Glenn's full question was this....
Hi all hope you're good. I've been using Izotope Ozone 7 now for a while and I just wondered about other users opinions about the MP3/AAC codec element. As I understand it when you use this feature it supposedly gives you the sound your mix will have when converted to the appropriate format.
I guess it’s a bit like the old "do you trust your main monitors or your headphones or your car speakers old chestnut", (for me it is usually a bit of all 3). But seeing as perhaps as high as 70% of music is now listened to via some form of data compression I just wondered what people were using? I am especially interested in what mastering chaps are doing. Do you check what it sound like as an MP3/AAC or do you already know through years of just doing it? I'd be interested to know.
What Is The Application?
Thanks Glen for a great question, I think it may matter whether you are creating an mp3 as a file you can send by email or Dropbox for approval purposes or if you are mastering a file for a music sharing or e-commerce site.
How To Use Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Plug-In
For me on critical workflows I use the Sonnox Pro-Codec and if you would like to know more on how to use the Sonnox Pro-Codec plug-in then you can watch my Sonnox Pro-Codec Explained tutorial series on Groove3.
What Do You Use?
So what do you use? I have to say I use the mp3 export option in Pro Tools as it is so convenient. Anyone who listens to the podcast as an mp3 n the site, that is that you are listening to. The aac file for iTunes is created in Garageband as this is where I import a wav of the podcast, chapterise the show and then export an aac for the iTunes feed.
But what do you use? Is it different for creating approval copies to the final master? Do share what you do and why.