View Full Version : Do ripped wave files lose quality when edited?

Scabrous Birdseed
08-02-2003, 23:45:47
One of the songs in my LWP allocation has a lengthy (38-second) spoken word pre-music intro that I don't need and, considering the time constraint, certainly don't want. So I load the ripped wav file into CoolEdit 2000, cut the section, and save. I do nothing else.

Now, this is possibly in my imagination, but I'll be damned if it doesn't sound like it's been heavily compressed- bad bass and a distinct lack of crispness. Yes, even burnt onto CD. It could just be the conditions it was recorded under (awful), but for some reason it feels like it doesn't compare to the bit on the album it's from or the freshly-ripped file.

Am I going slowly insane?

09-02-2003, 01:22:11

09-02-2003, 08:30:56
Depends on your definition of "slowly". In general the quality of something changes if you edit it. It gets shorter, for example ...

09-02-2003, 08:40:57
I don't see why a .WAV file would change while edited unless you encode it once more, in which case it will be affected.

.WAVs are just uncompressed bitstreams, as far as I know the program duplicates that precisely every time. The problem occurs when encoding and decoding, but if it's a CD rip and ripped digitally there should be no loss at all.

Scabrous Birdseed
09-02-2003, 12:07:41
I know, I know. Oh well. It's going on anyway.

13-02-2003, 11:41:20
check your settings for saving the WAV match those of the original fire. You could have downsampled it or something.

Scabrous Birdseed
13-02-2003, 12:00:33
I thought you needed to do that manually.