Does Pro Tools automatically dither when bouncing to disk?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by JensenBohren, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. JensenBohren

    JensenBohren Guest

    One of my clients approached me and asked if I could 'master' his recording. I told him that I put Maxim and get the overall level up to -.5dB, but I wouldn't do any more than that, and that he'd have to get someone else if he thought it nessissary.


    He then asked if I used dither when I bounced the session to 16-bit, 44.1K Stereo (CD) file in Pro Tools, as someone told him it was nessissary (probably the same one who asked him about mastering).

    As far as I understood it, Pro Tools doesn't need dither, as it takes the file and then converts it, not recording it as it plays.
    ...or am I wrong, and do I need to turn on Maxim's dither button before I bounce down the files in Pro Tools?
     
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    It doesn't matter whether you are using ProTools or some other package for creating your master, you need to dither to the 16-bit level on the final reduction for the 44.1KHz CD. Don't dither at any other time such as importing/exporting between different packages or plug-ins.
     
  3. song4gabriel

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    yes they do.always dithe the last stage
     
  4. JIT

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    Maxim has a dithering option included in it or you could just insert a dither plug-in.
     
  5. Music_Junky

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    Pro Tools does not automatically dither when bouncing to disk so you have to use a plug to do it.
     
  6. song4gabriel

    song4gabriel Active Member

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    woops. unky is right. pt does not do it auto...sorry :)
     

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