MetaVoice works far FAR better than MP3 and even WMA at very low bit rates.
You can get very good speech quality at 2kbit/sec! (Note I said "bits" not "bytes" - you can't touch that with MP3.)
It'll do soundtrack noises pretty well too, although it can get muddy if there's too much going on.
Using the MetaSound codec and upping the bit rate to a whopping 8 or 16kbit/sec will fix this.
The best part is there are no restrictions on the Voxware codecs - you can use'em in pretty much anything and they'll play.
- Audio Codec Tag 75
may be requested when VoxWare MetaSound Audio CoDec is missing.
How to install VoxWare MetaSound Audio CoDec
- Uncompress the files from "VoxWare_MSA_CoDec.zip" archive, right-click on the "voxacm.inf" file and select Install.
- You may encounter a prompt saying: "The software you are installing for this hardware... has not passed Windows Logo testing..."; click on the Continue Anyway button.
- "voxacm.inf" file can be hidden; find out how to show hidden files from here
(Windows XP users) or here
(Windows 9x/Me users).
- Due to high number of problems caused by the installation of VoxWare MetaSound Audio CoDec (see Comments
page), a brief illustrated guide was added here
It is also suitable for encoding mono voice-only content at extremely low bit-rates.