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Thread: Hi-Res to 16-bit/44.1kHZ Sanity Check

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    Hi-Res to 16-bit/44.1kHZ Sanity Check

    Hello, this post is honestly just a sanity check. I was searching the forum the past few days on how to properly convert a Hi-Res FLAC to a 16-bit/44.1kHz one. I did find some settings, but they usually referred to 24-bit/192.0kHz or some of the suggestions were slightly different. Can someone please tell me if these settings for the following examples are correct for a high quality conversion. Any help would be appreciated

    Example A

    Source FLAC: 24-bit/44.1kHz

    DSP Effects:

    Bit Depth (Fixed: 16 Bit, with triangular dither)


    or should I use this for Example A (Seems redundant to use a 32 Bit Float Bit depth setting here. I could be wrong...)

    DSP Effects:

    Bit Depth (Fixed: 32 Bit float, no dither)
    Bit Depth (Fixed: 16 Bit, with triangular dither)



    Example B

    Source FLAC: 24-bit/48.0kHz or higher

    DSP Effects:

    Bit Depth (Fixed: 32 Bit float, no dither)
    Resample (Resample to Frequency: 44100)
    Bit Depth (Fixed: 16 Bit, with triangular dither)

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    Re: Hi-Res to 16-bit/44.1kHZ Sanity Check

    For A you can just have direct to 16 bit, the result is the same.

    For B you have it right.

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    Re: Hi-Res to 16-bit/44.1kHZ Sanity Check

    Thank you

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    Re: Hi-Res to 16-bit/44.1kHZ Sanity Check

    In Example B, why is it necessary to increase bit depth before resampling?

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    Re: Hi-Res to 16-bit/44.1kHZ Sanity Check

    Increasing the bit depth ensures that the top accuracy is maintained when going from frequency conversion back down to 16 bit. The extra gain will be very small, however that is best practice.

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