sound quality and cd issues\

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Member Since: Dec 29, 2004

If i am able to record at 24 bits and 96khz in cakewalk sonar, will i be able to burn it to a cd. what will give me the best using a motu828 and cakewalk sonar3. what is standard in this siutation.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Apr 06, 2005 12:14 pm

yeah, you will, but the burn will dumb it down to 16 bit/44.1 khz, as that is what redbook audio CD standard is.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Apr 08, 2005 01:46 pm

That is a good question, which is often debated. I don't know if I have ever heard anything real definitive, at least per my perception.

I seem to do a little better all in all recording at 48Khz 24bit then dithering to 44.1/16. My best guess is that this is because I can hear a difference between the two and probably do a little better job in mixing and mastering because of the enhanced sound. The bottom line is still that once it is dithered down there is an audable degragation of the sound per my ear.

jimmie neutron
Since: Feb 14, 2005

Apr 09, 2005 06:40 am

As dB says, if you burn to CD before you dither down, some of the burning programs do it for you and you're stuck with their version of dithering. Most audio/sequencing programs have an option to do it in them that is world's better than Nero's or Roxio's automatic. I'll usually burn a data disk with my wav files (DVD)(can't get too many of them on a CD) for archive purposes, then dither down and burn an audio CD. Another option is to do an audio DVD, or "super" CD (I can't remember the proper names). I don't have a program that will burn those (I've got relics for software), tho I'm sure they're available now. Not too many players recognize them yet.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Apr 09, 2005 06:49 pm

Sonar 4 PE has a decent dither on export as well. I prefer doing it in Wavelabe though as it seems to run a bit faster.

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