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zero crossings

OK, I am not an ME or even close but I have a question regarding zero crossings in digital recordings. I have analyzed a number of recordings using sound forge 6..all the indy and small studio stuff which sounds quite good but not quite pro looks almost the same rms and spectrum wise but the big difference seems to be zero crossings..on the big productions that have been mastered well (not the new loud crap)the zero crossings are at 1.2- 1.5 khtz..on small time stuff (mine included)they are at 1.5 - 1.9..is an indication of the "big" sound? While I realize I can't approach that how can one approximate those numbers?

Ray

Am I off the beaten path on this one?

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by Fri, 10/31/2003 - 11:31

The higher number may suggest there is more high frequency content present. If you are at 1.9 and want to get to 1.2 (why? oh I don't know..) then just EQ the high end off little bits of a time until you get there.

But in reality, the zero crossings are just that: how often the waveform crosses ZERO or -inf. dBFS. Depending on the material it could be alot or a little and not neccesarily contribute the "big"ness of the sound.