Compressor: Encoding for Apple Devices

The Compressor can be used for a number of different functions, including audio encoding of any Apple devices that you may have. Apple makes a number of different MP3 items, including the famous iPod, which can be encoded using the Compressor function on your computer. Audio encoding files will make them smaller and also make them easier to distribute. While using the Compressor can seem a little daunting at first, it is not too difficult to use once you have mastered the basics. In order to operate the Compressor software, you will need to have an audio file which you wish to compress and the relevant software already set up on your computer.

Materials Needed

  • Compressor Software
  • Computer
  • Audio File

Step 1: Choosing a File

When you have installed your Compressor software onto your computer, you will need to decide what audio file you would like to compress. If you are just beginning in the world of audio adaptions, then you should consider trying to use a media file that you would be happy to see damaged or lost. This will help avoid disappointment if you don't get this method of encoding a file down immediately. Save this file to a convenient place on your computer, and give it an easily recognizable name, such as Compressor file.

Step 2: Open Compressor

Open your compressor software; you should see a new window labeled Batch Templates, and instructions to Choose a Template for your Batch. This window shows a number of different templates which you can use to encode your audio file. If you are looking for a template to save audio files to an Apple program, then you can click Create Audio Podcast. However, you don't need to choose one of these Batch Templates, and can instead close it and open up the Compressor Interface.

Step 3: Open Interface

When you have closed the Batch Templates window, open up the Preferences window in your main compressor screen. You should then locate a box called the Default Destination, which will automatically take your file to a chosen location in the Desktop, without you having to choose the location by hand. Once this is done, open up the Batch Window on interfaces, and then drop the audio file into the Job window by pulling it up and dragging.

Step 4: Choose the Presets

Once you have the file in the Batch Window, you should then go to settings, and select the type for he device you wish to encode the file to. Drag the selected setting into the job window, and drop it onto the file. Open up the Formats section, and choose the setting that you would like to use on the file. Drag it over and drop it into the file in the same manner.

Step 5: Save the File

Once you have used the presets that you want, you can then save your file by clicking on the Save Dialog box. Use your droplet to save the file to the particular settings that you wish. The file will then be saved.

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