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Changing Bit and sample rate for mastering

Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:56 pm


I usually record and mix with these settings: 
24 bits
48 khz 

As I need the master to be 16 bit and 44.1 kHz I don't know when to convert. 

Should I convert during the bounce in my Mix session and then open a mastering session with the final settings or should I master with same settings and just convert in the final bounce? In any case must I use the dithering during the bounce?

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Re: Changing Bit and sample rate for mastering

Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:04 am

Convert in the final bounce and use dither when truncating to 16-bit.
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Re: Changing Bit and sample rate for mastering

Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:50 am

I've been fortunate to have had some of my work mastered at Sterling Sound in NYC. I would talk with your mastering house. You may well end up doing the aformentioned dithering, etc., in Logic, but the mastering house may have more sophisticated conversion programs. They may ask that you send your 48k file as well and see which sounds best. Sometimes even doing an analog transfer sounds better than the "gear-changing" of going from 48k to 44.1k.
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Re: Changing Bit and sample rate for mastering

Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:54 am

Use the original sample rate and bit depth for the mastering session.
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Re: Changing Bit and sample rate for mastering

Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:32 am

Convert using iZotope or something similar. If you more software instruments than audio it may be better to convert the session.
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