Problem with Flash - Music sounds distorted!

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Maxiseller, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a

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    Hey guys.


    Firstly, I'm not sure if it's in the right section; so feel free to move if needs be.

    I've got a problem with the WIMPY flash player on my website. The music it plays sounds distorted somehow, and although I've updated to new versions of everything the problem just won't go away!!

    If you actually download the referenced file however, it plays perfectly through the quicktime plug in, so the actual audio files are fine.

    Ive tried the player through another PC and it seems to sound ok - but to be honest I'm quite worried that it's not just limited to my system.

    I've tried to record the problem here. Every part of distortion you here there is what I'm hearing! That faint fuzzy/whine is in every piece! I've also done a version of how it is meant to sound here!

    I'd appreciate any advice on configuration of flash players etc - and you can see if the problem happens for you - this is my music page.

    Thanks in advance for your help...I'm really stumped!
     
  2. Maxiseller thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Maxiseller

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    I have since posted this, tested it on my Girlfriends iBook which also appears to sound fine...so; are there any flash settings to play with on my powermac that would alter the sound quality?

    If so, what are the chances that the distortion will happen on other machines? My main worry is that a director or producer is going to pop on to my site, hear the awful audio quality and think that I know nothing about production values!

    Any help appreciated...
     
  3. angelneo macrumors 68000

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    Frankly speaking, I can't hear any problem between these two clips, maybe is it because I'm not an audiopile? When it sound distorted, is it when you played it through the website? Could it be incomplete/slow loading of the files?
     
  4. Maxiseller thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeh, it is only distorted when you play it through the flash player on the website.

    I know the audio file isn't very clear; but what I'm hearing is best described as a hissing or whining of some description. What you hear on the firect recording (the bad one) is exactly as I'm hearing it through my studio monitors - like the piece has changed to a badly miked piano recording.
     
  5. JackAxe macrumors 68000

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    I listened to the crackly version you recorded, the provided MP3, and then the same file on your site through Flash and it sounds no different. There's something going on with the Flash player on your system.

    Have you tried different browsers?

    I doubt this is the issue, but if you're on an Intel Mac and downloaded the PPC version by accident, which I don't think is even possible, running under emulation would hamper Flash's performance possibly causing this sort of issue. When I first lstened to your recoring, to me it souned like your sytem resources were really low.

    I've been developing in Flash since 99. This issue you've encountered isn't a comon thing that I know of, especially for the latest players. Streaming in audio is very reliable these days. I've only had issues in the past when importing MP3s into the Fla, then exporting.

    Anyway, I've been up all night working, so I probably typed something wtih my tired-mind that I wouldn't normally type. :eek:

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