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16bit VS 24bit

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most of the sound module are 16bit still..is there a point to tracking them with 24bit?

thanks!

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Ang1970 Tue, 01/08/2002 - 02:07
In a nutshell... Yes. Capturing them at 24 bit means you will be mixing and effecting the tracks at higher resolution. The more bits effects and faders have to play with, the more effectively they can do their job.

For a more complete answer, there are many threads here discussing the issue. Try doing a search that includes 16bit and 24bit.

Hope that helps.

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Marc Edwards Sun, 01/13/2002 - 18:58
The Access Virus is 24bit. The Clavia Nord Lead sounds like it's 24bit (i'm not sure if it is). Some samplers have higher width outputs, even though they trigger 16bit samples (this will help because the samples are usually processed internally), and you're recording analog outputs from these devices, so the internal digital bit rates/widths don't really mean that it won't sound better at 24bit.

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GZsound Wed, 01/16/2002 - 22:10
Recording at 24 bit would give you more "sonic headroom" when it comes to processing your audio, I would think. When I get the sounds to the computer, I want the cleanest most pure signal I can get to work with. I record to 20 bit at 48K and drop into the computer at 16 bit 44.1 for mastering to CDR.

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Guest Wed, 01/16/2002 - 22:58
Originally posted by GZsound:
When I get the sounds to the computer, I want the cleanest most pure signal I can get to work with. I record to 20 bit at 48K and drop into the computer at 16 bit 44.1 for mastering to CDR.

As has been said here before, GZ, you are really better off recording at 20/44.1 than 20/48. The rounding errors in downsampling to 44.1 are more harmful to your sound than the mere 10% increased resolution you get at 48k is helpful. As an extra bonus, your files will be 10% smaller too! :)
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