24 bit and 16 bit confusion

Discussion in 'Recording' started by trock, Sep 15, 2004.

  1. trock

    trock Active Member

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    So my question is this

    i use either a roland 2480 or cubase as my main recording enviroment
    SX 2 i should specify.

    So should i set my projects up as 44.1/24bit? and then mix down or "dither" (still not sure how or when this works) to 16 bit so i can play on a CD?

    the real question is, is there noticeable sound quality improvement??

    thanks
     
  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

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    Without going into why, the answer is yes, there is a noticeable difference in quality. Record in 24 bit, dither for 16 bits, then truncate to 16 bit. Dithering should immediately precede wordlength reduction.
     
  3. trock

    trock Active Member

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    hey david

    thanks for that, although i have to go research the last 2/3rds of what you said . let me go try and look all that up and figure it out on my own and if i have questions i will get back to the forum here

    thanks! :?
     

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