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Bit- & Samplerate Audio Recording
Old 4 days ago
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Bit- & Samplerate Audio Recording

Hey Guys,

I´ve been teached back in the days that the common best way to record audio is using 16bit and 44.1 KHz so you don´t have to bother about Dithering and other issues you will have, also you will have to downgrade it back to these rates anyway in 95% of situations.

How do you feel about that? Does it make sense to record audio (excluding movies) at higher samplerates? Does it makes sense for the Mastering Guy? Please share your thoughts with me.

Best regards,
Ray
Old 4 days ago
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24 Bit depth wil give you more dynamic room what could come in handy when recording.
Sample rate is a choice depending in goal.

For editing audio more data could be use full.
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While 16bit is perfectly fine as a delivery medium, 24bit wordlength allows you a lot more room to breath in recording and mixing. It allows you to maintain ample headroom and do proper gain staging to find the sweet spot for your recording and processing chains.

While some DSP processing can sound better at higher sample rates, generally I think 44.1kHz is perfectly respectable for music production. And while proper dithering is largely inaudible, sample rate conversion is not and it costs more for quality conversion.

You should be aware that any digital signal processing done in a modern DAW will turn your 16 or 24 bit audio into 32 bit floating point, so dithering is always necessary as the last step when storing processed files in 16 or 24 bit wordlength - especially for 16bit!

Dithering is nothing to be afraid of and easy to do properly, but if you really want to avoid it you should store any intermediary files as 32bitFP.
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Originally Posted by RayGrauberger View Post
Hey Guys,

I´ve been teached back in the days that the common best way to record audio is using 16bit and 44.1 KHz so you don´t have to bother about Dithering and other issues you will have, also you will have to downgrade it back to these rates anyway in 95% of situations.

How do you feel about that? Does it make sense to record audio (excluding movies) at higher samplerates? Does it makes sense for the Mastering Guy? Please share your thoughts with me.

Best regards,
Ray
Common practice is

24bit/44.1kHz for standalone audio,

24bit/48kHz for audio to picture.

Dithering is not hard, and it's worth it to work at 24bit. 44.1 / 48 conversions are sometimes tricky so when possible it's best to work at the sample rate that the audio will be delivered at, however that is never a major problem either.
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