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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

A WAV file has the potential to hold "more" or "better" data than an mp3. WAVs employ no compression, no loss; they are as close to an exact replica as it is possible to get. An mp3 employs lossy ...
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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

No. When you convert a file from .mp3 to .wav, no new information is added: there is no way to regenerate the information that was lost when you created the mp3. All the extra data in the .wav file is ...
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Are compressed audio files converted to raw pcm by audio players?

Usually, an application that plays encoded files (be it audio or video) will need to decode that file to a format that the target interface (be it a video or audio interface) can output on a standard ...
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Does converting an mp3 format audio file to m4a format makes audio quality better?

No. Once lossy formats are encoded, any data not saved within the file is lost. You could convert a lossy MP3 to a WAV or an M4A file but the quality of the WAV or M4A would be exactly the same as the ...
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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

MP3 is the 'colloquial' name for "MPEG 1 Layer 3" audio encoding. The purpose of mp3 encoding is to reduce the overall size of an audio data stream whilst maintaining an acceptable level of listening ...
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Opus vs MP3 (Size & Quality Comparison)

Opus is a much newer, state of the art technology than MP3. Any time you encode audio into MP3 or Opus, you never get a perfect, exact copy of the original file. There is always some distortion added ...
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Can a MP3 file contain video frames?

Mp3 is audio only. The file extension can be virtually anything; if it's recognized as an extension known by Windows the associated program will be used to open it. The program will usually then read ...
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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

In order to make sound, your computer must drive the speaker with a time-varying voltage. In order to create the time-varying voltage, the computer must send a sequence of numbers to a Digital-to-...
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Why do MP3 files have a sample rate? (When they are just composed of sine waves)

Digital sound files are not made up of sine waves - You may be thinking of FM or West Coast synthesis where sine waves are used to modulate other sine waves to generate more complex waveforms. You ...
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How can I find the audible difference between a flac audio and it's corresponding mp3 file

That depends on what you mean by audible. You can invert the phase of one and add it back to the other and it will play only what the difference between the two is, however you will hear artifacts ...
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How to generate a 1 minute long mp3 file with a bump of frequency change in 5s?

Use the click track plugin in audacity with a tempo of 12 bpm. This link: Click track plugin and then export to mp3.
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Is there a losslessly compressed audio file?

FLAC being the most popular one, there is a comprehensive list of lossless compression formats on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lossless_compression#Audio Compressed files should be ...
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Why do mp3 have sample rate?

A sample rate is the rate at which samples are taking from the source sound. It says nothing about how much information is stored in those samples. Whether an audio codec is considered lossy or ...
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LAME: Why is a lowpass filter used with --preset insane

This is an anti-aliasing filter. The --preset insane settings must allow aliasing to become apparent. Your iPhone can't reproduce the frequencies the filter is applied to anyway, and if it could, you ...
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How can I convert large audio file .aiff to mp3?

you could definitely use ffmpeg for this kind of job. $ ffmpeg -i path/to/your_input.aiff path/to/the_converted_file.mp3 ffmpeg is a huge framework dedicated to multimedia encoding. Once installed ...
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What sample rates can an MP3 file have?

If this wikipedia page is to be believed, what you call mp3 and is actually a MPEG-1 audio layer 3 encoded audio file only supports three sample rates : 32 kHz 44.1 kHz 48 kHz EDIT As @PkP has ...
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What makes low quality speakers become distorted when at high volume?

There are a number of factors involved here but mainly frequency response, transient response, signal to noise ratio (S/N) and total harmonic distortion (THD). Frequency response is largely dependent ...
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alternative to mp3

During the editing & collaboration phase, it's good to avoid lossy formats if you can. You might want to try FLAC, a lossless format that compresses audio files to about half the size of WAV. ...
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mp3 spectral analysis blue above 16 khz

Everybody seems to have this obsession with looking at pictures of sound. You can't tell what something sounds like by looking at a picture of it, the same as looking at a picture of food doesn't tell ...
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How to add meta info to mp3/wav file MAC OSX?

I've read lots of blogs where people give advice on adding metadata to WAV files. Most of it doesn't work. iTunes is useless for adding metadata to WAV or AIFF files, because it only sticks to the ...
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Why do mp3 have sample rate?

Your understanding of lossy compression is close, but a little bit off. An MP3 (or any lossy compression) doesn't actually reduce the number of samples per second, but rather, it alters the values of ...
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How to convert a stereo MP3 to mono MP3

On Linux systems like Ubuntu, you can use ffmpeg: ffmpeg -i input.mp3 -c:a libmp3lame -q:a 2 -ac 1 output.mp3 where: -c:a libmp3lame: The audio codec to use -q:a 2: The audio quality (bitrate), see ...
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How can I find the audible difference between a flac audio and it's corresponding mp3 file

Audible differences is something different than electrically measurable differences. The techniques mentioned (by computing the difference between the two signals) allow to measure differences between ...
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5 loudest and 5 softest points in an audio file

A long-shot, but this might work if you have a similar setup to mine. It works equally well for DVD [I don't have a BluRay] TV, catchup, YouTube, Netflix, VLC, etc etc I use my PC's built-in 7.1 ...
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Is it possible to mix MP3 Files into an audio mix a long mp3 without degredation?

To my knowledge, this is not possible. To add and crossfade audio data requires to decode the mp3 binary stream to pcm, then re-encode to mp3 the resulting pcm stream if you want an mp3 output. As ...
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Is it possible to mix MP3 Files into an audio mix a long mp3 without degredation?

There are programs that can split and concatenate MP3s without re-encoding. So one thing you could do is to split a few seconds off every MP3 at the beginning and end, apply your cross-fades to them (...
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Why do mp3 files have a time delay when compared to wav files?

It has to do with the MP3 codec algorithm. I don't know the exact science behind it but it's something you have to deal with when using MP3's because it can't be prevented.
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Splitting podcasts on the introductory jingle

I will answer on the assumption that the solution: can be given for only one file: you will know how to apply it to a bunch of files using any scripting language, has not to be sample-wise: a ...
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How to ensure uniform sound levels in multiple WAV files?

You are talking about perceived loudness. This is quite unlike peak level. What you can do is measure the perceived loudness for all your songs and then adjust the gain accordingly. The best way ...
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