I been viewing some online videos about digital audio and what I’m learning is raising questions in my mind about the approach I should be using for my audio projects – which are basically editing one hour seminars.
The organization that I edit audio for needs/wants the final audio to be at 44.1 kHz and at 16 bit PCM but they usually send it to me at 32 kHz and 32-bit float.
Should I resample the audio and change to 16 bit PCM when I start the project or should I wait until after all the editing is completed and do the conversion at the time I export the completed files? I’m thinking that the sample rate should be changed right away since the higher sample rate would provide more data points for editing and effects. But since 32 bit is more accurate than 16 bit it seems I wouldn’t want to change from 32 to 16 until the end of the project.
I normally set the Project Rate at 44.1 kHz and 16 bit and so new tracks I generate during editing will be at those rates. If I copy and paste audio from a 32 kHz/32 bit track to a 44.1 kHz/16 bit track, I believe the audio format is automatically converted - correct? And since when I export the audio it will be exported at the Project Rate and I have the option at that time to choose 16 bit - I believe that all the format changes could be accomplished at export time - correct?
I’m wondering also if there any issues that could arise from having different audio formats within the same project? And what is the best point in time to handle the conversion from 32/32 to 44.1/16?
Just looking for best practices to structure these projects.