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What should I do if I send a submission, but forgot to attach the file?

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Hey everyone, I'm new here, but I've been a fan of this site for years. I finally made a song so the judges could check it out and filled all the information required, but forgot to attach the song in the email. Should I wait or do I resend the message with the song attached?

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Resend the message early; the date given on the email would be the day that you send it, so if you send it, say, several months later, it will seem like the original email was first sent on that later date. Then, if the original email isn't examined to determine the original date, the evaluation may be delayed.

I've had this happen to me before, and it took a bit of effort to clear that up, because apparently, some Judges use gmail. :P

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I know this is off-topic,but I want to make sure I don't make a mistake again. I already processed the song with winlame and followed all the instructions but the kbps is at 218 instead of 192. Is there a problem with that?

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An odd bitrate like that (as opposed to 224/256/288/320/etc kbps) may have arisen from encoding in variable bit rate; the directions ask for "VBR1", which is an alternative option to 192 kbps.

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So how can I turn the bitrate to VBR1? I followed all the instructions with winlame and the bit rate turned to 218 instead of 192. I also don't see options to change to VBR1. The original bitrate was 1411kbps.

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The original bitrate you have is normal for a 16-bit WAV file.

I wouldn't worry too much about the 218 kbps MP3. For example, I encoded this ReMix in VBR1, and on OCR, it displays as 232 kbps. VBR1 continuously changes the bit rate (how accurately your song is reproduced bit-by-bit) to accommodate for the minimum bitrate required to give a specific level of fidelity every second in the ReMix. So, having a bit rate displayed on the Properties window of your MP3 that is greater than 192 kbps (which is for constant bit rate) is totally normal. :)

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No problem! Yeah, if there is any problem with the bitrate, the Judges wouldn't just reject it solely for that reason---they would delay it for while. If it's not the only reason, then they should contact you about it. ;)

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