I’ve not used Audacity for a few years and need to rip another batch of my vinyl collection. My sound card is a Native Instruments Audio 6. I am also now using Windows 10 and Audacity 2.1.2 and I’m struggling to remember my old workflow.
I am also considering whether to record at 96kHz since my card supports it. Please ignore the merits/marginal gains in doing this for now - I realise that there is probably little point in doing this with records pressed 30+ years ago and that only dogs would be able to hear the difference
As it goes I’ll probably stick with CD quality exports at 44.1kHz 16bit.
My questions here about 96kHz/32bit are more around Audacity’s interraction with sound devices on Windows and the various layers/APIs underneath.
There appear to be three places where I can set the sample rate:
Audacity Project Rate
Sound card utility
Windows Control Panel > Sound > Recording tab > Device (Ch A Input in my case) > Properties > Advanced tab
I have just made a test recording and notice that I can export wavs in 32bit float. I’m not sure if that was always the case with older versions - has this changed in the last few years?
I seem to remember there being an internal limit of 16 or 24bit on Windows? Though might be mistaken.
In fact looking at the Windows device properties above, there is no option for 32bit, only 24bit. So does that mean exporting in 32bit is pointless because Windows has only sent 24bit to Audacity?
Would all these have to be set to 96kHz/32bit or whatever for the recording to be truly 96kHz/32bit?
Or does setting the project in Audacity change the underlying Windows device layer to be 96kHz?
Or does Audacity bypass that entirely with some sort of direct hook into the device/driver?
Thanks in advance