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Dithering question
Old 3rd September 2018
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Dithering question

Dithering advice please. My source files are 32b / 96k. For 16b /44k files would it be better to render/ dither directly to 16b / 44k or can a dithered 24b / 44k be used to make the 16b/ 44khz?

Any difference in quality, issues between the two methods or things to be aware of?

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Old 3rd September 2018
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Use the same source i.e. 32 96 to go to 44 16 and to 44 2 Don't dither twice.
Old 15th September 2018
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Any difference in quality, issues between the two methods or things to be aware of?
Dithering is done only one time and its done at the very last step of your mastering process.
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My source files are 32b / 96k. For 16b /44k files would it be better to render/ dither directly to 16b / 44k or can a dithered 24b / 44k be used to make the 16b/ 44khz?
no matter what your sample rate and bit depth are are, you dither down to 16/44.1, unless your bit rate is at 16 already. But these days, recording are normally done in 24bit and in your DAW, its converted into a floating point bit depth of 32.
Old 22nd September 2018
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Originally Posted by ceemusic View Post
Any difference in quality, issues between the two methods
While it's good practice to take the most direct route to the final format, there's nothing illegal about dithering to 16bit from a dithered 24bit source. The difference between 32>24>16 and 32>16 would be so small (and well below the noise floor of most systems) as to be negligible. Try it both ways and null the files and see what you get.

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…or things to be aware of?
Avoid using any noise shaping if there will be further digital processing down the line (as is inevitable with any digital distribution these days: encoding, volume normalization, etc). Flat TPDF is best.
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