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ToivoMedia says

I’m making some loop tracks, and when I save mp3s a small gap is added at the beginning and end, any idea how to get round this? I’m saving the files in Soundforge. Thanks!

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dejans says

Try WinLAME, excellent encoder, and it gives you an option for NOGAP encoding, for seamless looping.

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ToivoMedia says

Cool thanks, downloaded it. That should do the job.

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ADG3studios Staff says

Great tip Dejans, thanks! :)

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urbazon says

great tip indeed! ;) although FL Studio has an option to export track without gaps, it doesn’t actually work for mp3 files, so I always had to cut my mp3 files manually via Audacity.

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great tip indeed! ;) although FL Studio has an option to export track without gaps, it doesn’t actually work for mp3 files, so I always had to cut my mp3 files manually via Audacity.

that would not actually work and if you reload your exported track you should find the gap remains. This is because the mp3 information is actually stored at the end/beginning of the track and this is what causes this “gap”.

I personally use a neat little tool called trimMP3 which lets me cut out the last 2-3 frames of the mp3 which would house this info. I sometimes lose the info I put on the mp3 from this but I get that looping mp3 sound which for clients always proves big plus.

Thanks for the winLAME tip, will try that out! Maybe it’ll be quicker and easier.

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ToivoMedia says

Yep, I found the gap stayed after encoding with WinLAME. I decided to just use wav files, since it’s easier!

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dejans says

What did you use for playback after encoding?

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ToivoMedia says

I loaded it into Soundforge to check the file.

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urbazon says
that would not actually work and if you reload your exported track you should find the gap remains. This is because the mp3 information is actually stored at the end/beginning of the track and this is what causes this “gap”.
well, actually, I’ve tried out the mp3 files after trimming them in Audacity and they loop perfectly, just like wav files. I use foobar2000 player under Windows.
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