Thank you all for being here! Yes, I’m another newbie, but I’ve been searching this forum repeatedly as I slowly get my act together recording my own novels as audiobooks.
When I first started this odyssey, I took a class based on the Presonus StudioOne software, where it was suggested that I record my project with a sample rate of 48000. Then when I save the project to .mp3, I can bump it down to the required sample rate of 44100 for ACX. The idea is to record and do all the editing in the higher sample rate so I lose less quality when saving as .mp3. It’s also possible that I completely misunderstood what the instructor said.
I’m about to edit my first chapter prior to uploading to our friends at ACX for testing and realized I recorded it at 44100. Is it generally a good idea to record and edit at the higher sample rate, say 48000? Can the sample rate be changed when converting to .mp3? Or does that happen when exporting to .wav? To be honest, I barely understand what a sample rate is.
Like someone else noted in one of the posts I read here, this is an incredibly steep learning curve, and I so wish I’d found this forum before buying my equipment and trying to set up my studio. It would have made things go much faster. But thanks to a lot of what I’ve learned here, things are finally working. I’m passing the ACX Check. I know I’ve got the humans to get past. I will learn this stuff and be better for it. In the meantime, thank you from the bottom of my heart!