Garageband to iTunes - BIG quality loss

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by babbler, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. babbler macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2006
    #1
    I need to export a 'composition' comprising some background music but mostly clips of speech from GarageBand to Macromedia Director. As soon as I export it to iTunes, from which I can bring it into Director, I suffer serious loss of quality.

    Any suggestions on a better route or a way to avoid the quality loss ?


    Thanks
     
  2. zimv20 macrumors 601

    zimv20

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2002
    Location:
    toronto
    #2
    i don't know what you mean by "serious loss". are we talking about the kinds of differences one hears from mp3 compression or incorrect dithering?

    or does it sound like something has just gone horribly, horribly wrong?
     
  3. lad1509 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2006
    #3
    same here, its not a "big loss" in quality but I can definitely hear it.
    why is that?

    on a side note, what is the best way to transfer a beat from reason 3.0 to garage band?

    thanks
     
  4. babbler thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2006
    #4
    It is speech, the original is not great, after going through iTunes it is still understandable, but it sounds as if the speaker has his head in a bucket. Muffled and indistinct.
     
  5. zimv20 macrumors 601

    zimv20

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2002
    Location:
    toronto
    #5
    can you post some audio samples and exactly how you're going about importing and exporting?
     
  6. beatsme macrumors 65816

    beatsme

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2005
    #6
    Eq?

    have you tried to modify the original with some EQ? It might produce better results...
     
  7. babbler thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2006
    #7
    Eq?


    err sorry, I don't know what that means.
     
  8. babbler thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2006
    #8
    samples

    I will have a play and generate some clips to post....

    I export from Garageband simply by using the 'export to iTunes' option. I have not yet tried importing to Director - because it is not good enough in iTunes.


    Thanks
     
  9. beatsme macrumors 65816

    beatsme

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2005
    #9
    Eq?

    some equalization...you could probably boost the upper-mids of your vocal tracks before you export. It may help compensate for signal loss.
     
  10. LaoTzu macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2005
    #10
    Yeah, ? + I, choose EQ, preset Enhance voice, etc.


    Where do I start? Did you set iTunes Import to anything? If not probably AAC 128K default - you may like MP3, Lossless, AAC @ 256K, Wave etc.

    Oh, most spoken words you hear are compressed. TV, Radio, etc. Try using the compressor - maybe EQ - and if it still needs to be hotter/ louder/ more up front - Peak Limiter ( maybe built in, or Logic Express AU )

    That should do it...
     
  11. iMeowbot macrumors G3

    iMeowbot

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2003
    #11
    Speaking of all this enhancement stuff, it would be a good idea to make sure the "sound enhancer" thingy in the iTunes playback preferences is turned off (it's on by default). If enabled, it will give you a false impression of what was imported.
     
  12. dejo Moderator

    dejo

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2004
    Location:
    The Centennial State
    #12
    Well, it's definitely not the GarageBand-to-iTunes transfer part, since this is done as an AIFF file.
     
  13. scottlinux macrumors 6502a

    scottlinux

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2005
    #13
    Logic and Logic Express can open garageband sessions. There's a Logic Express 7 demo. Download that, open your song in LE and see if it's better.
     

Share This Page