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getting better sound with 44/16/24 than 48/24

Discussion in 'Recording' started by senf, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. senf

    senf Guest


    am using a mini-me and a audio technica (at3035).
    working with cubase.

    I was wondering how come i can't get a good sound setting and keep having better result using 44/16/24 than 48/24 khz. The sound quality when using 48/24 is really bad considering everything i have. any1 know anything i could do or anything about the apogee mini-me and how to set it well?

    thx you
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    You don't say how the Mini-me is interfaced to the computer. Do you have the USB option fitted in your Mini-me? Are you using the ASIO driver rather than the native Windows or OSX USB audio drivers?
  3. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    I'll guess that 48k is causing dropouts and skips in your audio which is why that sucks.

    As for 44/16/24 you can have 44/16 or 44/24 :p you can't be in 2 bit depths unless there's new quantum recording devices out, or something.
  4. senf

    senf Guest

    I connect the mini-me to the comp using a usb plug .

    what do you mean a drop out?? what can i do to fix that??

    and btw yeah i meant 44/16 or 44/24.

  5. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    It might be that whatever you're using for output is running at 44KHz which causes dropouts when it has to resample from 48K on the fly.

    You could double check that the entire everything is running at 48K and if it still happens, stick with 44K.

    Most people will tell you to stick with 44/24 or possibly 44/16 if you are short on storage space. Unless you're working with video which is the whole reason 48K exists.
  6. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Yep, if you're only working in audio (for CD or MP3), you should stick with 44/24 or 44/16. The so-called improvement in specs at 48k are lost when 'gear-boxing" back down to 44k. The trade-off is simply not worth it overall.

    You system may be glitching at 48k (as already pointed out by CodeMonkey), or it may be bad sample rate conversion. (There are some GOOD converters out there, and there are some not-so-good converters as well.)

    Even so, I suspect there's something not quite right in your setup, if your'e hearing an obvious difference between the two. You shouldn't.
  7. FlyBass

    FlyBass Active Member

    senf, it's possible that the dithering profiles you are using are the problem -- you are dithering from 48/24 to 44/16 right?

    My usual path is to record and mix in 48/24, "master" in 48/24, then dither down the final audio file to 44/16 for use in CDs and MP3 or ACC files.
  8. senf

    senf Guest

    "senf, it's possible that the dithering profiles you are using are the problem -- you are dithering from 48/24 to 44/16 right?"

    yep but even before that when i simply listen to the track (in cubase) i just recorded (either in 48/24 or 44/24) i see a difference between 44/24 and 48/24

    and i alway double check evertyhing is on 48/24 before i do (sound card , software)

    when recoridng using 48/24 the only way to get something listenable is to almost close the mic volume on the mini-me wich is not normal. but still i used to have better sound with 44/16 or 44/24.

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