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Benefits to recording at higher resolution?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by griz, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. griz

    griz Active Member

    In the digital recording universe, is there any benefit to recording at the highest resolution that your A-D box and software will go? I know there were quality & editing precision benefits going from 7.5->15->30 in the days of tape, but do you get the same benefits in digital recording.

    I'm not recording music, just narrations and the clients usually want them at CD quality.

    My guess is that using all of those processor cycles and eating up hard drive real estate when the finished product will be rendered at 44.1/16 and might even end up as a crappy MP3 ... is probably a waste of electrons.

    Expert opinions?

    TIA :)
  2. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    I think it has more to do with the plug ins and digital software packages being able to work better at higher fidelities. That is if they can be used at higher resolutions. Think of it this way, you want to keep the highest quality possible up until the point where you NEED to lose some quality.
  3. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    If your target is CD then a very valid argument can be made to record and mix at 44.1/24. For orchestra recording or chamber music I do like to record and (especially) edit at 88.2/24 but the end product is still 44.1/16.
  4. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    For what you are recording, the only advantage of using a higher resolution is that you get to use up more of your hard drive space instead of letting it sit there empty and unused. ;)

    For voice recording like you are doing there is no reason to record in anything higher than 44.1.
  5. griz

    griz Active Member

    So record at CD quality and call it good! :D

    Just as a little brain food on this point: If I record at the highest settings possible for my A-D and software, does the conversion process degrade the originally recorded sound in a negative way that goes beyond the expected reduction in the resolution of the recording? :?

    Questions like this make me wish I'd gotten my EE! :roll:

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