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Sound quality of pc based recording

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Cary, Apr 9, 2003.

  1. Cary

    Cary Guest

    I was wondering if anyone here could explain to me, (and give technical reasons) why certain recording programs may sound better than others?

    I'm just speaking of the program itself, for example, Nuendo, Cubase, Cool edit pro, N-track, and down the line.

    If all these programs were run on the same machine, playing the same wav files, through the same D/A, out to the same monitors, would they sound drastically different?
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    The main thing is at what bit point processing is done at. For example Pro Tools LE processes at 24 bit where Cubase SX, Nuendo etc use 32 bit to do the math. Plug in availability, driver and interface compaitibility also come into play. Kurt
  3. Blutone

    Blutone Guest

    Cary, Kurt pretty much summed it up for ya. A lot of what makes any DAW a good quality DAW, is it's ability to process wordlength. Adding plug-ins, EQing, compressing, basically anything you do that manipulates the sound will increase the wordlength. Here is a very detailed article explaining this.
    HTH :D
  4. Cary

    Cary Guest

    Thanks guys. That article is a good one. Lots of info to digest...
  5. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    "Word" to that my brother! lmao :p

    Indeed the floating point calculation is very crucial in mixing more so than the recording but it helps.

    The best combination is a nice software with a good audio engine design. I know it sounds strange to hear a software having an audio engine but it does.

    Steinberg has a really nice engine to their code.

    The best way to get a the perfect quality is having a nice A/D converter going into it as well!

    That way your stereo imaging is good all the way through. Do remember that some converters will happily degrade your audio.

  6. llornkcor

    llornkcor Active Member

    May 8, 2001
    Brisbane, Australia (originally Boulder, CO, USA)
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    true that! cubase is about the only 'reason' (heh), why I boot into windows.

  7. Blutone

    Blutone Guest

    LOL. That was very pun-ny. :D

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