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Old 30th December 2012
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Can High End Converters result in Better Track Separation and soundquality when mixing ITB?

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Old 30th December 2012
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The real question would be if they make a difference in a real time bounce to disk, like with Protools.

This always starts a controversy, but to my ears, yes, it makes a huge difference. Probably not because of the converters, as they technically aren't being used, but because the clocking is better in the better converters, which affects sound quality and imaging.

Now some people argue that the clock is not being used in a bounce to disk, and some say it is being used.

I did an experiment where I composed a few measures using various Virtual Instruments (which is entirely in the box), did a basic mixdown with a few effects in my HD Omni (a high quality converter). I did a bounce to disk using this. Then I switched my interface to the NI Komplete Audio 6 (which represents a typical low budget consumer interface, though it sounds pretty good) and did the same bounce to disk, not changing anything. Then I switched to my Mac's built in output as the interface and did the same thing. I then burned a CD of these and listened back in my car and on headphones from a stereo, and the difference in quality was obvious in each case.
Old 30th December 2012
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No...except that a better DA will make you mix better because you can hear better.
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Yes, they make a huge difference.
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