Export modes (bit depth & dithering)

I just created a song in Live 8 and it's 100% finished. Now I'd like to export it, but I don't quite know which settings to use.

Which bit depth should I use? (the higher the better, right? or is there something else to consider)

Which dithering mode, if I'm not exporting in 32bit? (have no idea which one to select)

Thanks in advance.


mgpg 5 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Near Earth Object
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    Depends on what you want to do with the exported track.

    Usually, this is the best way:
    - if the track already has mastering effects on it: export it with dithering on.
    Default settings usually work fine.
    - if the track still has to be mastered; turn dithering off.

    About the bit depth; that depends on your soundcard settings.
    If your soundcard is set to 16 bit, but you export as 24 bit, that won't do much good.
    So the same setting as the soundcard or lower is ok.
    In most cases 24 bit is fine, at least for mastering.
    If you want to play it as mp3, you have to convert it first anyway.
    And if you want to put it onto a CD straight after you've exported the track, I would use 16 bit.

    So, as you can see, it all depends on what you want to do with the exported track. Hope this helps!

    5 years ago | 0 comments

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