hmmm...I have been downgrading from 192 and 320 to 160, my optimum desired settings, using Sound Forge. Would I be losing quality even with an excellent program such as Sound Forge or CoolEdit, or is it the inherent lossiness of the MP3 format itself that does me in, eventually? Moreover, I just didn't want to mess around with the relatively large FLAC format files, despite it being non-lossy.
I have also been using the excellent MP3Gain to normalize levels of all my files. I am wondering if this could also result in sound degradation...?
Also, can anyone tell me how to preserve as much of the quality of MP3 files after processing them because I do modify pitch, volume, and edit out noise, pops, clicks, etc. Would converting them to wave before applying processing help?