192 khz?

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After my brothers next release we are upgrading the studio. Now the discussion has come up about sample rates and such. He wants to invest in one of those new 8 in 8 out motu firewire interface (dont remember the modle#) because it has a 24 bit 192 khz sample rate. I agrued the point that we are using 96 khz on our Q 10 but we wont see that much of a difference because of the 44.1 standard on all cds. I think out interface is fine and we should invest in other things. Plus i dont think i trust a firewire interface. am i wrong?

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Apr 06, 2004 11:03 am

Well, Firewire is perfectly trustworthy as an interface, that particular interface I don't know about specifically. 192kHz seems kinda wasteful in regards to sucking up system power since even DVD standard is only 96...but hey, whatever floats his boat.

Dumbing down sample rates can sometimes do more harm then good depending on the software doing it...dumbing down from 192 seems risky and entirely unnecessary.
Apr 06, 2004 11:09 am

So besides the difference in the actual pre amps.. theres not going to be any difference in sound quality? Like. i was telling him (i think) alls 192 khz does is adds "twice as many 0s and 1s" and takes up more HD space. But im not sure i understand the concept of sample rates totally. its not whatever floats his boat.. half of its my money.. so id like to be investing in something that is going to better the quality of our recordings... not something that does exactly what we have now.. only with "96k more hz" if that makes any sence.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Apr 06, 2004 11:50 am

Sample rate is quite easy, take one second of audio, 96kHz chops it up in to 96,000 pieces, 192 chops it up in to 192,000 pieces, so it's "higher resolution". Not only does it take more space, but it takes more PC power to work with it as well.

No, it isn't something I'd do myself.

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Since: May 10, 2002

Apr 06, 2004 12:20 pm

It may be an investement in the future, possibly. If standards change for CD's or if CD's become Passa maybe a higher resolution will be more applicable. But as it is, for a CD anything above 44.1 has to be interpulated prior to burn. As db, it would not be my choice at this point in time. If media does start demanding higher resolutions then prices will fall per demand. Then I would be interested in 192.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Apr 06, 2004 12:23 pm

Investments in the future are usually reserved for when you have nothing else to need in the now :-)

CD standard won't change. It will just move on, as it is starting to, to SACD and DVD-A both of which are 96kHz sample rates if memory serves me correctly.

Since: Dec 30, 2002

Apr 06, 2004 12:31 pm

Not to mention working at 192kHz is gonna seriously increase your system overhead. Also, the motu doesn't have any preamps in it - just Analouge to Digital convertors, however, I'm almost certain that the AD's in the aardvvark (whatever ;) Q10 are comparable (if not even better) than the Mark of the Unicorn interface.

Apr 06, 2004 01:30 pm

right on. thanks guys.

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