unlocking mp3 encoder

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2006/09/12 11:42:02 (permalink)

unlocking mp3 encoder

HI...I am trying to export a project in MP3 format and I am getting a prompt to go to cakewalk.com to unlock the mp3 encoder. I have the home studio 4 edition. I'm not a regular "forums" guy but...I asked a question here once and the person that responded was very helpful. Can anyone aid me on how to go about this situation!!??
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    rbowser
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    RE: unlocking mp3 encoder 2006/09/12 12:02:09 (permalink)
    Have you simply tried doing what it says, to go to the Cakewalk site to unlock the player--?

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    RE: unlocking mp3 encoder 2006/09/12 12:15:37 (permalink)
    You shouldn't be doing that. You should export to RIFF and then use a standalone application such as CDex to convert to mp3. Reason is when you export to mp3 right from Home Studio you apply destructive compression to the mixdown.
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    RE: unlocking mp3 encoder 2006/09/12 12:40:32 (permalink)
    Don't bother BUYING an MP3 encoder. Export as WAV so that you have a full version of the project, and encode the WAV to MP3 separately. That way you won't only have a compressed version. CDex is free, so it iTunes, and there must be many other free encoders out there.

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    RE: unlocking mp3 encoder 2006/09/12 14:59:25 (permalink)
    The only time I make MP3s is when I want to post or send a recording, and I make it from already existing 2-track .wav mixes. So, I don't know from experience what happens when you use a program to make an MP3 from Home Studio.

    Boten, you said:

    "... when you export to mp3 right from Home Studio you apply destructive compression to the mixdown."

    Is that right? It destructively changes your project's original audio files? I thought it made an MP3 version of the project, but that you could stay in Sonar to make a regular .wav file mix with the original unchanged audio files. I have that wrong?

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    RE: unlocking mp3 encoder 2006/09/12 15:04:25 (permalink)
    Is that right? It destructively changes your project's original audio files? I thought it made an MP3 version of the project, but that you could stay in Sonar to make a regular .wav file mix with the original unchanged audio files. I have that wrong?

    Randy, what I meant was that the export file itself is destructively compressed. Of course you can always come back to the project and create a RIFF export. I usually do only one 16 bit (RIFF of course) export and do the conversions externally to save the need for additional export
    post edited by boten - 2006/09/12 15:18:37
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    RE: unlocking mp3 encoder 2006/09/12 15:12:52 (permalink)
    That's exactly what I do, and I believe that's the best way to create mp3s. I use CWENC - which was origianlly created to work from within CW products, but with the release of 4+ it no longer works that way. It does work fine as a stand alone product, however.

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    RE: unlocking mp3 encoder 2006/09/12 15:14:02 (permalink)
    Good, Boten, thanks for the clarification. I think the mistaken impression was made earlier that you would permanently change your project's audio files if you made an MP3 from HS. Cool.

    It only takes moments to export a mix down, so if you have a dedicated MP3 program, one may as well stay there in HS and do several flavors of export at once--standard .wav export, and MP3 at different compression levels. You don't have to leave HS after doing an export, so there's no real hassle to it.

    But as I said, and you're saying you do the same thing, Boten, MP3s are something I do, if I do at all, later on after I have projects wrapped up.

    By the way, the MP3 encoder I use is the one in my old copy of Pro Audio 9. That program still comes in handy, as has been said several times recently on the Forum.

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    RE: unlocking mp3 encoder 2006/09/12 15:20:07 (permalink)
    Audacity also has an option to convert .WAV to MP3 - you have to download the LAME codec, and tell audacity where it is, but it's free.
    Like everyone says - export from Sonar as a high-bit/ high sample WAV file - that's your master mix - the equivalent of a 30 ips 1/2" analogue tape master. Use this to make copies for CD, Mp3, Ipod, whatever...

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    RE: unlocking mp3 encoder 2006/09/12 17:24:48 (permalink)
    yes sir...that's how I found my way to the forum
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    RE: unlocking mp3 encoder 2006/09/12 17:26:23 (permalink)
    thanks....I'm kind of a "newbie" though....what exactly is CDex and how do I go about obtaing it!!??
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    RE: unlocking mp3 encoder 2006/09/12 17:29:07 (permalink)
    thanks alot....I appreciate the info....I need to visit these forums more often....than maybe I can help someone some day!! Well a guy can dream can't he!!?? LOL!! THANKS AGAIN!!
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