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7 replies on “Finalizing Your Track”

Hi Infekt, I was wondering if you could discuss a bit about your Ableton export settings? What type of bit depth, file type, dither settings, etc…

Hey Joe, I will summarize here:

For releases all platforms (like spotify etc) have these quality requirements:
– 16 Bit .wav file
– 44.1kHz samplerate

For personal use, DJing, and sending it to DJs, I would recommend also rendering a 320 kbps MP3 file, as that’s a high quality format that doesn’t take up a lot of space.

For the dither settings I just leave it at the default in Ableton Live, which is “Triangular”.

Hope that helps!

Hey Infekt, no matter how hard I try to get a track to sound good, it still manages to sound low quality when uploaded to soundcloud. Is there anything I can do about this?

The codec SoundCloud is using for is just not optimal for a genre that takes up the full frequency spectrum most of the time. You should get the best results by uploading 16bit wav files at 44.1kHz sample rate, beyond that, there’s nothing else you can do unfortunately. I understand the frustration though, when you feel like the track isn’t sounding its best after uploading

I haven’t, so my tracks do often end up being a bit more quiet compared to other tracks on SoundCloud since it doesn’t have the same volume compensation that platforms like Spotify etc. do. I don’t mind personally, but could be worth considering if you want to focus on growing on SoundCloud!

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