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(Is MP3 always using AGC?) FIXED!!

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First, great respect and thanks  to rockbox. I would never have gotten my H120 if Rockbox hadn't made the thing useful.

I've been using .wav to record, but thought I would try the new mp3.

I downloaded the 0902 build and tried recording with mp3 at 320 kbps. With Line-in as the source, I plugged a dinky microphone into a battery module and spoke a little bit.

On playback, it was quiet of course, but although I had AGC off, the speech was accompanied by hiss--as if it was boosting the speech--with silence in between words. Words were also cut off entirely at a certain threshold, like a noise gate. So it was either voice-with-hiss, with words clipped off, or silence.

.wav recording had neither the hiss nor the sudden contrasts, and I hadn't changed the AGC setting.

Is it possible the mp3 recording is automatically adding AGC? Or is this a compression artifact, even at such a high bitrate?

Well, it's not AGC...all that does is change the gain (which you can see by looking at the gain indicators) and if it was off it wouldn't be on anyway :). It must be compression artifacts... I haven't tried Mp3 yet so I don't know how good it is...

Can you please make a short wav recording and compress this wav into mp3 using the mp3 encoder plugin? If the mp3 file shows the same artifacts as in the direct mp3 recording then I can investigate the reason if you make the wav available. I have only a 56k modem, so a real small wav file would be nice.

Sorry about the delay on this. First I'm going to download a newer build and do some testing, and if the problem is still there, I'll upload some little files Thanks.

I think I now know the reason for the bad quality here. The improvements on the mp3 encoder went into the encoder plugin but not into the mp3 codec. I will write a patch soon, to make these improvements available also to the mp3 encoder codec.


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