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24 bit and 16 bit confusion

Discussion in 'Recording' started by trock, Sep 15, 2004.

  1. trock

    trock Active Member

    Aug 20, 2004
    So my question is this

    i use either a roland 2480 or cubase as my main recording enviroment
    SX 2 i should specify.

    So should i set my projects up as 44.1/24bit? and then mix down or "dither" (still not sure how or when this works) to 16 bit so i can play on a CD?

    the real question is, is there noticeable sound quality improvement??

  2. David French

    David French Distinguished Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    Without going into why, the answer is yes, there is a noticeable difference in quality. Record in 24 bit, dither for 16 bits, then truncate to 16 bit. Dithering should immediately precede wordlength reduction.
  3. trock

    trock Active Member

    Aug 20, 2004
    hey david

    thanks for that, although i have to go research the last 2/3rds of what you said . let me go try and look all that up and figure it out on my own and if i have questions i will get back to the forum here

    thanks! :?

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