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How do I save my edited mp3 file in WaveEditor without losing all the file properties?

I have contributing Artist, album, and other info in the file properties, but after I edit the mp3 in WaveEditor and save it back to the same location, all the properties mentioned disappear and I have to fill them in again. Am I doing something wrong?
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  • Hi Phil-

    After you edit, you should use the File, Save As and select Lame mp3

    Does that help?
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  • No, I tried saving as Lame MP3 and it made no difference. The properties disappear every time I use WaveEditor, regardless of whether it is a download mp3 or a file I have had on my hard drive for ages. I guess I'll just do the editing and then install all the properties when I have finished editing. I do like WaveEditor 2009. I tried the latest version and it just puts in Chinese characters in the Album properties.
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  • In WaveEditor, select Options, Audio Format Settings.

    In the Encoders tab, select Lame Mp3.

    Click on Artist/Title/................... at the bottom of the screen.

    Is the first option selected?

    Nero no longer supports Wave Editor so we're left to flail around to find out how to do things.

    Are you referring to the Nero WaveEditor when you say WaveEditor 2009? There is non-Nero software out there called Wave Editor 2009.
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  • I’m thankful
    Thanks Wither 1, for that information, it seems to have made a difference. I was referring to Wave Editor in the 2009 Nero which I have been using for the past 10 years. A new version came out with 2019 Platinum, but from what I can see, it is almost the same program but it kept inserting Chinese characters so I deleted it and went back to the 2009 version which works just fine. I changed to Lame MP3 and even saved the file using the disc motif (and not Save As) and it still retained the file properties. The advice given is much appreciated.
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  • Just to be clear, was the first option selected or did you have to select it?

    The problem with Chinese characters is probably because GraceNote is finding various artists for the same music. I'm trying to remember if v9 used GraceNote or the old database which is no longer maintained. There's a very long thread on this kind of problem in fairly recent versions of Nero MediaHome which, of course, uses GraceNote. I forget if that issue was ever satisfactorily solved.

    Out of curiosity, how do you determine if the saved file has the same information as the original? Do you mind uploading a problem file to a cloud service such as dropbox and sharing it, creating and link and then providing a link here?
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  • There was also one for MediaHome which was doing the same thing.

    The use of GraceNote started with v9.
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    • Wither 1,

      This one's for you:

    • Wither 1,

      I hope you are convinced that the "Chinese" characters are not caused by GraceNote? Nero is using 'unsynchronisation' when encoding MP3 files. It seems that Windows 10 File Explorer and WIndows Media Player don't handle it well in spite of this:


      More Information
      MP3 audio data is identified by a sync signal at the beginning of an MP3 frame. Unsynchronization is a process by which some tag editors modify the ID3 header so that older players that do not understand ID3 tags effectively discard the header information because the sync signal does not exist in the header.

      As part of this hotfix, the Windows Media Player 9 Series does the following:
      Permits reading of files that have the unsynchronization flag set.
      Permits write back to these files (if metadata or information changes) when the unsynchronization flag is not set.
      Note Old players that do not understand ID3 headers may interpret an ID3 header that does not have this flag set as an actual audio frame. This can sound like a "pop" to the listener. If an older player that does not support this flag is used, either do not write back metadata to the file, or use an older program that still supports this flag to set metadata.


      In any case, the 'unsynchronization' is only required to avoid problems with very old decoders. If Nero were to provide a setting for disabling the 'unsynchronization', I suppose this 'Chinese' nonsense could be put to rest.

      This has nothing to do with the missing Album Artist field after coding using Nero.
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  • All is good guys. I am content with your suggestions Wither 1 and it works fine. Thanks for your help. regards Phil B
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