Hi guys, I have this question to the pros out there who might know what i'm talking about.
I have noticed with horror that the sound that I get within my DAW , working at 24 bit 48000Hz ... is way different from result I get when I render the track to 16 bit 44.1 Khz, using Oxford limiter. Mind you when the limiter in on, and I listen to the track IN THE DAW , all is perfect and clear and defined ... the problems happen when I render the track (there is no gain reduction happening as I don't like limiting my tracks and Yes I have lowered the output by 1dB).
The rendered 16 bit 44.1Khz track lacks definition, the details are blurred , some attacky sounds became ugly, smeared and not recognizable.
So I tried to render the track with no dither , no oxford limiter , and I kept it at 48Khz and 24 bit.
The track sounded exactly how it sounded in my DAW ... all the information and details were present.
My question is, what is the best tool that professional mastering engineers use to get from a 24 bit 48Khz project to a 16 bit 44.1 Khz version, while keeping all the details, clarity , punch and micro-details of the track ??
Thank you guys in advance for your help, I would be extremely grateful if anyone could help me with this issue.