“I really like the sound that old or low quality mics make. I've seen plenty of tutorials on how to make audio sound better, but what I want is to make my current high quality audio low quality and noisy. I was wondering if it's possible to turn it into something like that?”

Just like there are ways to make audio sound better, there are also ways to make audio sound worse. In this article, we will share a step-by-step guide on how to make audio quality as low as possible. Here's the audio editor you might need: https://videoconverterfactory.com/download/hd-video-converter-pro.exe hd-video-converter-pro.exe
Michelle Michelle | Updated on Apr 28, 2024

What Affects Audio Quality the Most?

Before we learn how to create low-quality audio, let’s take a quick look at the factors that determine sound quality.

There are three main factors that affect sound quality: bit rate, sampling rate (frequency) and encoder. Generally speaking, the higher the bitrate and sample rate, the better the audio quality. In addition, lossless encoders like WAV and FLAC have higher quality than lossy MP3, AAC, etc. Therefore, we have three ways to reduce audio quality:

1. Reduce audio bitrate.

2. Reduce the audio sampling rate.

3. Convert audio to lossy format.

In addition to this, we can also reduce or increase the volume to make the audio quality as bad as possible. The good news is that we can use a simple audio editor to do the job. Please read the next section for more information.

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WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro has an audio editor that allows you to freely edit audio encoder, channels, bitrate, sample rate and volume to get the worst possible audio quality. At the same time, it can also reduce the audio quality of the video and even make the video look worse. It's simple, fast and efficient. Download it now and give it a try!

How to Make Low Quality Audio on Purpose?

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a multifunctional program. Its built-in audio editor helps you get the sound quality you want by changing audio bitrate, sample rate, encoder, channels and volume. It supports all audio formats and can output file to MP3, AAC, M4A and more lossy formats. Moreover, it can reduce audio quality for multiple files in one go.

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Step 1. Add Source Audio File

Open the software and select "Converter". Then, drag audio files into the blank interface or click the "Add Files" button to import files from a local folder.

Next, click the ▼ button at the bottom of the converter to set the output folder in advance.

Add File

Step 2. Select Output Format

Go to the right side of the program and click on the format image. A complete list of output formats will appear. Navigate to the "Audio" section and select a lossy format such as MP3, AAC, M4A, etc.

Select Format

Step 3. Reduce Audio Quality

Now, open “Parameter settings” and find audio settings. Change the audio channel to mono, change the bitrate to 8kbps, and select the lowest sample rate.

Tips. If you want a “blown out” effect, first decrease the audio volume to 50%, then follow the next two steps.

Reduce Audio Quality

Step 4. Output File

Click the “Run” button to export the audio. The converted file should now sound quite low quality.

Output File

(Optional) Step 5. Reduce Audio Quality Further

If you want to make the audio quality even worse, you can import the converted file into the program again and repeat the first two steps. Then, in “Parameter settings,” keep the bitrate, channels, and sample rate the same as before, and increase the volume to 200%.

Now, output the file and you should get very poor quality audio.

Reduce Audio Quality

Tips: Repeated conversions between lossy formats can also significantly degrade audio quality.

Understand More about Audio Bitrate, Sample Rate, and Encoder

Audio bitrate determines audio fidelity. If you reduce a high bitrate audio file to a lower bitrate, information will be lost, thereby reducing the audio quality. The sampling rate is how many samples are recorded per second. The more samples, the more detail preserved and the better the audio quality. To make the audio quality worse, you can lower the sample rate. As for encoders, there are lossless encoders and lossy encoders. Lossless audio codecs such as WAV, FLAC, and ALAC represent the highest quality audio, while lossy MP3, AAC, etc. are generally of lower quality. Transcoding audio using a lossy encoder may also make the audio sound worse.


Music of "bad" quality sometimes brings back a nostalgic feeling of music from the late 90s and early 00s. This kind of audio can also add more fun to video memes. Fortunately, making your audio sound poor is easy, especially now that we know what directly affects the sound quality. And with the steps above, we can easily create a low quality audio.

That's all we want to share. Thanks for reading. Have a great day!

Frequently asked questions

1. What factors contribute most to audio quality degradation?

Bitrate, sampling rate, and encoder choice are key. Lowering these parameters intentionally reduces audio quality. Also, repeated conversions between lossy formats such as MP3 to MP3 worsen the quality.

2. How can I deliberately make high-quality audio sound low quality?

You can achieve this by using WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro to reduce bitrate, sampling rate, convert to lossy formats, and adjust volume.

3. How can I make my audio quality worse online?

You can make your audio quality worse online by using online audio editors or converters that allow you to change audio bitrate, sampling rate, volume and encoder.

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