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Old 02-24-2011, 05:13 PM   #1
 
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Default Music albums switching from 16 bit to 24 bit?

Seems like the record labels are seriously considering switching from 16-bit audio to 24-bit. 24-bit is what studios use to record the music, it helps keep background noise low while they are mixing the sounds, but many people argue that due to the fact that when cds are released they are mastered and cleaned of background noise this won't have any benefit on the end products quality. Another con is that this will increase size and not sound quality. What do you guys think?
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:30 PM   #2
 
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I think it might be a good thing, theoretically the increased size should be for more than just for show. As far as bigger files being a problem, that is surely a joke when a DVD cost around 20 cents a piece.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:14 PM   #3
 
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...this will increase size and not sound quality.
First this isn't entirely true. Sound quality is much better at 24bit vs. 16 bit. Furthermore, recording software is much different than it used to be. Originally, some low-level 'noise' was added to the recording to help record low-level signals (this is called dither). It sounds dumb but it worked. Modern recording software doesn't need this anymore and it is rarely used. Mastering engineers don't do noise reduction. They apply fades in/out on the song files and base the fade on the noise floor and how the song starts/stops.

The main problem is that this is already available and nobody pays for it. SACD and DVD-A are both higher resolution media that have been around for over 10 years. The cost of the discs and the equipment to playback is much higher than cd's. Most people don't hear the difference anyway so this will never become maintstream. In fact, most people are going backwards in quality for the sake of convenience with MP3's.

Until storage capacity and streaming rates are MUCH higher than what is currently available, we won't see anything new from the record companies (especially if it doesn't make them a huge sum of money).
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Seems like the record labels are seriously considering switching from 16-bit audio to 24-bit. 24-bit is what studios use to record the music, it helps keep background noise low while they are mixing the sounds, but many people argue that due to the fact that when cds are released they are mastered and cleaned of background noise this won't have any benefit on the end products quality. Another con is that this will increase size and not sound quality. What do you guys think?
I agree with you.
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