taking many 198k mp3 files and converting them to 16k mp3

Girish Venkatachalam girishvenkatachalam at gmail.com
Sun Aug 27 05:43:20 UTC 2006

On 8/27/06, Gary Kline <kline at tao.thought.org> wrote:
>         Is there a way of using sox (or another translator) to turn HUGE
>         audio mp3 files into much much smaller files?  Say taking man mp3
>         files that are stored at 198k high fidelity and outputting these to
>         16k or 32k mp3 (or *.ogg or other format) audio files?
>         thanks for any insights, sugggestions, or pointers,
>         gary

Normally voice files dont' need the sort of fidelity ur talking about.
you can make do with a much lower bit rate though i can't give u a
number. u have to test it with ur ears.

there are plenty of tools out there that give u what u want.

sox is one and ffmpeg is another. i am sure there are many other that
do as good a job.

if i were u i woudnt go for ogg since it causes transcoding losses. If
you had a wav file, ogg is ok but since u already have an mp3, ogg
doesnt have enuf info to do a good job.

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