I use FL Studio, and I always export my MP3's in 320kbps bitrate and everything sounds fine.
However, when I convert it (encode with Audacity) in 128kpbs, the sound quality drops badly.
Not that I, or anyone else for that matter, likes listening to music in 128kbps, but uploads on Soundcloud are automaticaly encoded that way, and therefore sound horribly.
I'm bringing this up because I have a release on Beatport and the track preview has the same issue, which makes the quality "unapropriate".
I tested loads of other songs by different artists, encoding them with Audacity, and they sound fine (obviously there is a difference in quality, but no sound artifacts), so I figured it's just me.
What I think is that it might be related to loudness, but I never "overkill" the volume on any track, and actually spend a lot of time mastering it.
I want to know what others think, could it be related to some FL Studio settings?
Here are my settings when exporting.
I tried fiddling with some of these options, but no difference.