Same wav file behaves differently on two computers

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by newcyberian, Oct 27, 2005.

  1. newcyberian

    newcyberian Guest


    When I recorded a speech from computer A and played it on computer B the sound was totally distorted. The pitch of a female voice was much lower on computer B and the speed was lower too. But the same wav file is totally normal on Computer A. What could have gone wrong? Thanks!

  2. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Distinguished Member

    Feb 9, 2005
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    check your sample rates.

    You probably recorded it at one sample rate and are playing it back at another.
  3. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    Its slow and at the wrong pitch because its playing at the wrong samplerate.. can't say why though, without more information. How are you playing the file?
  4. Groff

    Groff Active Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Not the topic for Mastering Sound, but anyway,

    Distortion: volume levels on both computers could be drastically different for many reasons. Check the sound properties of Win/Mac OS and the cards. In the wave editor look at your wav file. Do you see any clipping? If it's there, record again with less input volume (preamp), look at the VU/peak meters in DAW during recording (close to 0 db but never over).

    Pitch and speed: recording and playing sample rates are different. Check the properties of the wav file and set the same SR on audio card (and DAW) in computer B. For audio CD as a final destination, file must be 16 bit / 44.1 kHz.

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