What is a Transcode
Put simply, a transcode
is any audio file that
from an original lossless
source, such as a retail CD (not created from lossy files) or a properly made lossless
rip. At What, we only allow one lossy step
in the lineage of any upload.
Why is transcoding bad?
Whenever you encode
to a lossy format
(such as mp3, m4a(AAC), ogg, or mpc) information is permanently
lost. It doesn't matter what you do, it's impossible to get this information back without making
a new rip from the original lossless
source. If you reencode it to a different format
or bitrate, all you're doing is reducing the quality. This applies to any lossy to lossy conversion, so even
if you convert
from 320kbps to 192kbps, the final file
will still sound worse than
if you had just ripped to 192kbps in the first
It's also important to remember to verify that lossless
rips actually came from an original
source. People that
expect it to be identical to the original
. There's no point in people
downloading a bigger file
just to get another lossy rip.
So how do I verify that
my upload isn't a transcode
The simplest way is to rip and encode
it from the original
source yourself. That
way, you know that
there has been only one lossy step
the rip is truly lossless
, if you decided to do a lossless
You should also check it by using a wave editor (such as Adobe Audition) to look at the spectral frequency display.
Hey here's the new Childish Gambino
album! Awww it's a shitty transcode. The spectrals show it was chopped
at 10 kHz. Why are the guys that leak
this stuff retarded?