2.0.6 is working fine for new project but I went back to work on something from 2011 and get the “Warning - Opening old project file” window saying that the format has changed from 1.2.6 and that it likely won’t work (and it doesn’t).
So what do I do? Reinstall the old version? Have both versions running? Is there a “convert” routine.
I’m not a heavy or frequent user and I’ve searched for the subject message but must have missed the obvious.
Yes I thought the distortion was due to the new version.
Thanks and my apologies. I’ve now (after backing up) opened a couple of other older projects and though I obviously get the warning they are fine. Yes I know about the clipping and I’m astounded that I over cooked that project which was the first old one that I looked at with the new version and hence my panic.
If you keep the tracks as 32 bit float format, then if over 0 dB is caused by processing, it can be corrected by amplifying (either the Amplify or Normalize effects) back down below 0 dB. You can’t do that with 16 bit or 24 bit tracks because those formats do not support over 0 dB.
That’s useful to know (I think). I’m not sure what you mean by ‘caused by processing’.
Most recording are for a specific purpose using a mic and we know the settings needed but every now and again I’ll pick something up from an internet source or from my stereo system and I think if the internet source is live there is little opportunity to get levels right as they change from music to speech etc so the 32 bit float flexibility will be helpful. For the others there is usually opportunity to do a level test beforehand to ensure that peaking doesn’t occur.
Are there any downsides to using the 32 bit float format?
Eh eh. Well here isn’t the right place to get involved in a long discussion but XP has been insecure since its release and in nearly 15 yrs they still didn’t fix it so I’ve used an insecure OS for all that time. I do have other layers of protection and EMET looks interesting though the full Framework requirement is somewhat off-putting. I’m hoping to hang on to this machine until I go Windows 10 (I’ve always trust the odd numbers and it really is 9).
If you set your recording levels too high and the recording is clipped (distorted), then that is permanent - time to reshoot.
If you have a good, non-distorted recording and you apply an effect that results in the waveform getting bigger vertically to the extent that it smashes into the top/bottom of the track, then:
a) If the track is 16 bit or 24 bit, (see the info panel on the left end of the track), then the damage is permanent - time to reshoot.
b) If the track is 32 bit float, then the waveform itself is not damaged - it will still distort if you play it, but it is recoverable - all you need to do is to amplify (“Amplify” or “Normalize” effects) to below 0 dB, then it will be good as new.