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Unlistenable sound from vinyl sourced files in iTunes 11.1.3

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I'm an avid record collector and I burn most of my vinyl to digital formats using Audacity.  After a recent upgrade to iTunes 11.1.3 just about all of my vinyl sourced files sound muffled and distorted when played through iTunes.  The crazy thing is that they play just fine if I load them onto my ipod or burn them to CD.  I contacted Apple about this and they (naturally) blamed it on Audacity.  But I'm a little suspicious since these same files played just fine on earlier versions of iTunes and play fine on other devices.  I've tried saving them to different formats (I've always used wav or mp3) but to no avail.  Files ripped from CD or downloaded from the Apple Store play just fine.  This is most aggravating - I don't want to go through the hassle of moving to an older version of iTunes.  Any suggestions?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • C F McBlob Level 4 Level 4 (2,715 points)

    Is your EQ enabled for iTunes?

  • Mark Block Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)

    Is a "per track" volume or EQ adjustment set on those tracks?

     

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  • Mark Block Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)

    wildjoe69 wrote:

     

    ... The crazy thing is that they play just fine if I load them onto my ipod or burn them to CD.  ... I've tried saving them to different formats (I've always used wav or mp3) but to no avail.  Files ripped from CD or downloaded from the Apple Store play just fine.

    Hmmm, this is  a tough one. Queston: Are you on  a Mac? I know this is the iTunes for Mac forum, but I can't imagine a Mac user choosing either WAV or MP3. For archiving your records, you should definitely go with Apple Lossless, if not AIFF. I also recommend the app Pure Vinyl from Channel D for ripping your LPs. Much better than Audacity, although it's a bit expensive.

     

    How did you convert these problem files to another format, and which formats did you try? I would avoid using iTunes itself to convert them, since iTunes seems to misinterpret the codec or metadata. Does Quicktime play them without distortion? I assume Audacity plays them correctly, so do a test and export one from Audacity as AIFF and try it.

     

    My favorite converter is XLD. You can configure it to convert tracks to almost any format and automatically add them to your iTunes Library. Do a test, and if it works, batch convert the files. When I buy FLAC album downloads that's what I do. And again, I'd recommend Apple Lossless (ALAC), which is the ideal format for Macs.

  • Mark Block Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)

    wildjoe69 wrote:

     

    ... I still like to burn CDs to share with friends so I usually just save everything in WAV or MP3 format (I'm pretty lazy).

    I can certainly hear the problem even through the computer speakers.

     

    As an aside, I'm not sure what choosing WAV or MP3 has to do with laziness. On a Mac, the CD-equivalent file is AIFF, but for an iDevice the best choice is Apple Lossless. It's less "work" for your computer if the file is one of those. I know Audacity will save audio captures as AIFF and AAC. Anyway, that won't help you with playing the problem files now.

     

    My questions about how you tried to convert them to something else (unsuccessfully) still apply.

  • Mark Block Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)

    I wish there was a way for you to post a file for download. I'd be happy to try it on my computers. We have both iTunes 10 and 11 on three different operating in the house.

  • Mark Block Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)

    If you can send me a private e-mail with a link I'll investigate your problem on my computers.

     

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