The Magic of Windows Media Player

Something odd I noticed.  Certain of my mp3s sound nearly good on Windows Media player but then even crummier than usual when uploaded to an online music player, say Reverbnation, Soundcloud, and this website.  Does anybody know why this is? Are online music players simply "not as good"?  I've included a file as an example.  The first few seconds sound particularly assy, with a high pitched feedback sound from the snare that is inaudible in both the original DAW file and on WMP.  The bass doesn't sound that "jagged" in WMP either.

Gormandize.mp3

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  • Just to clarify, the high pitched feedback noise is not just inaudible on WMP, it is also non existent.

  • Some websites (e.g., Soundcloud and Myspace) downsample the mp3 tracks you upload there. For instance, if you upload a 320 kbps mp3, their online player will play your track in 128 kbps or even worse. As far as I know, the Composers' Forum player does not do this.

  • Thanks for the info.  Caring about sound quality is sort of a new thing for me so I'm sure I have loads to learn.

  • The way mp3 is encoded means that you can get high frequency artifacts at low bitrates, and Soundcloud does downsample to 128kbps. Also, you may have have some plugins on WMP like SRS, or an EQ.

  • I just checked WMP, I never realized it had built in equalization, have been having fun messing about with it, thanks for the heads up!  None of that was turned on though and as mentioned in the OP, the high frequncy artifacts are also absent in the original file when played through Frooty Loops, which is routed to play directly through the sound card.  I'm thinking it must be the bitrate issue, although I am also taking into consideration what Chris mentioned about WMP somehow "coloring" the music even without equalization.  Thanks!


    James G. Watson said:

    The way mp3 is encoded means that you can get high frequency artifacts at low bitrates, and Soundcloud does downsample to 128kbps. Also, you may have have some plugins on WMP like SRS, or an EQ.

    The Magic of Windows Media Player
    Something odd I noticed.  Certain of my mp3s sound nearly good on Windows Media player but then even crummier than usual when uploaded to an online m…
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