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SoundCloud is a big player among music streaming platforms and many artists are already taking advantage of the exciting platform to upload their audio files and get hundreds to thousands of listeners to download them.

There isn’t any doubt that SoundCloud is always a great platform to use but at times, you may encounter several problems while using the platform. You may observe that the quality of your track’s sound differs from how it was before you uploaded the track. Perhaps, the sound quality has reduced and you’re thinking something is wrong with the software or audio system of your device.

Quite frankly, this may have resulted from how SoundCloud compresses tracks after being uploaded to its database. If you’re uploading a file of 320kbps MP3, SoundCloud has a default compression technique that transcodes it into128kbps MP3. This is not really a good thing for some artists as the quality of their tracks’ sound tends to fall after upload.

While uploading a WAV file to SoundCloud, it’s understood that you want your listeners to enjoy a high-quality tune. It’s a good thing to boost the quality of your tune and it often tends to match your desire. However, in order to use less bandwidth, SoundCloud transcodes the WAV file into a compressed and lower format, typically 128kbps MP.

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If you’ve read SoundCloud’s response to this, you’ll easily recall that the music streaming platform urges its users to bear in mind that all tracks are being transcoded into the lower format of 128kbps MP3 for streaming playback. As a result of this, users should be aware that after uploading their tracks to the platform for download, there won’t be additional transcoding as people will be able to download the tracks in the actual format in which they were uploaded.

How Do You Fix This Problem?

Some artists might not love to experience this especially if they want high-quality tunes for their listeners. However, the good news is that you can correct this set-up by following some essential steps. To correct this set-up, you’ll have to upload your track in the format of 320kbps MP3. The reason for this is to ensure SoundCloud doesn’t compress the track.

You might be thinking about uploading your WAV file directly to SoundCloud but you wouldn’t have to do this just to avoid losing the quality of your track’s sound. If you upload your track in 360kbps, SoundCloud will still transcode it to 128kbps for listeners to stream but the good side is that the quality of the track’s sound will remain intact.

Steps to Convert Your WAV File

You may have other step-by-step methods for converting your WAV track but the simplest steps are explained below;

  • Insert your WAV track in iTunes
  • Tap ‘edit’ and then click ‘convert’
  • By default, the set-up is in AAC but you’ll have to change it to MP3