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So here we go! For most of us, the quote above perfectly sums up the mystery of MP3 compression. Sadly, it also sums up most of the explanations out there. I bought an album online recently and it was delivered as a kbps file. I only noticed because the file size itself was much smaller than the uncompressed wave files I've created myself, MP3). What I didn't notice was any drop in quality.
Can you explain how this mp3 compression works, because obviously the compression algorithm is leaving out some data to MP3) this happen, right? Mason, that's a great question. I can answer this plainly only thanks to having spent a lot of time worrying about how to distribute my own music across the internet, and of course after refreshing myself.
It's been a good 15 years since I spent time thinking heavily on the topic. Nobody cared about this stuff when we were working in the analog field. We had vinyl records, 8-tracks, cassette tapes, and compact discs these are digital but didn't need compression. MP3's became a "thing" after the explosion of the internet. A typical uncompressed wave file might be as big as 30 MB for a typical 3 minute song.
But after being run through the MP3 compression algorithms that might drop down to 3 MB without any serious loss of quality. This was preferable when our bandwidth speeds were extremely low on dial-up modems and we might of even had MP3) caps for the month.
Instead of waiting days to download a song, we could do it in a couple hours and in the present, a couple of seconds! MP3's are maintaining their presence due to MP3 players like the iPod.
They have limited hard drive or flash drive space, so with compression we can carry around a lot more music. Plus there's no need for full resolution files when we're doing yard work or at the gym using tiny sports earphones.
It's also a huge space and bandwidth saver for online streaming services. In fact, MP3's are just the 3rd layer set apart for audio on the video files. It's all the same technology. Here's where it gets crazy. The people who designed these compression algorithms used our knowledge of psychoacoustics to manage the data bandwidth. Psychoacoustics refers to how our brain interprets sounds.
The brain uses certain tricks like auditory masking to allocate resources and attention to what is the most important sound happening at any given time. Using this info, we know what we can get rid of, data-wise. The first and easiest savings are to go ahead and cut out a certain frequency range if the music allows for it. Adults begin to lose their capacity for hearing above kHz, whereas the top limit for humans is around 24 kHz.
At that level there's not a lot going on in terms of intelligibility. It's just "sparkle, shine, sheen. In most cases, we don't need MP3) have it at all or at least can encode it into the MP3 file at a lower resolution.
This refers to something our ears and brains do called simultaneous masking. Basically, if a loud sound is blaring out over the top of a lot of low-volume sounds, you're naturally going to focus on the loud sound. What this means is that we can spend lot less data on the quiet sounds. They don't need as much detail encoded in them during those times.
In the same fashion above, if two sound events occur within milliseconds of each other, we're only going to be able to focus on the loudest one. It's how we've been evolutionarily primed to react.
Our ears and minds can't separate events that close in time. So what the encoder algorithm does is ignore or at least allocate much less data to the quieter sound since we won't perceive it anyways. The minimum audition threshold refers to volume.
As a voice or sound becomes quieter and quieter, we're able to make out less and less detail. The encoder knows this and chooses to not save every single detail of quiet sounds since we can't use it anyways. And if a sound dips below a certain volume threshold where the human ear can't hear it, then it gets tossed out completely.
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