Why MP3 Demands 1.5dB Of Headroom
When mastering your track for the final bounce, having a healthy amount of headroom is essential. However, as demonstrated in this video, compressed formats like MP3 will eat up much of this available volume, requiring a ceiling of nearly -1.5 dB.
Digital clipping can get nasty, and taking the proper steps to avoid it is crucial. Especially given the compression that takes place during digital distribution, leaving headroom in your track will keep it safe during the MP3 beatdown.
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