Optimal bit depth setting with Yeti mic?

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Re: Optimal bit depth setting with Yeti mic?

Post by kozikowski » Wed May 12, 2021 10:38 pm

I should just record from the beginning in 16 bit?
You could as long as you don't edit anything. The reason for 32-floating is so Audacity doesn't damage anything during the edit.

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Re: Optimal bit depth setting with Yeti mic?

Post by kozikowski » Wed May 12, 2021 10:42 pm

While we're here. Post a sound sample according to this formula. We're down here in the weeds with a magnifying glass when you could have other very serious problems.

https://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/Tes ... _Clip.html

Read down the blue links. They're very short.

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Re: Optimal bit depth setting with Yeti mic?

Post by dadofmo » Thu May 13, 2021 4:15 am

kozikowski wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 10:42 pm
While we're here. Post a sound sample according to this formula. We're down here in the weeds with a magnifying glass when you could have other very serious problems.

https://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/Tes ... _Clip.html

Read down the blue links. They're very short.

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Hi. Long story but I have a mobile recording booth and 4 acoustic panels. I'm getting ready to go to bed so didn't want to fuss with setting it up so just put an acoustic panel in front and one behind and stacked one as a cloud over head and recorded real quick as prescribed. It is attached. No editing and I think I followed your instructions exactly. I recorded in 32 bit floating/44100 and exported at 16 bit PCM. I didn't put any effort into the acting and basically just read your script and cut the file at 10 seconds.
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Re: Optimal bit depth setting with Yeti mic?

Post by dadofmo » Thu May 13, 2021 4:39 am

kozikowski wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 10:42 pm
While we're here. Post a sound sample according to this formula. We're down here in the weeds with a magnifying glass when you could have other very serious problems.

https://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/Tes ... _Clip.html

Read down the blue links. They're very short.

Koz
Interesting. I used the raw audio I sent to you and just rehearsed my normal de-ess, de-click, EQ, compress, normalize and was listening to it compared to my raw. I imported the saved file I sent you into Audacity. When I recorded your audio I kept it at 32 bit float. I absolutely changed to 16 bit PCM when I exported the wav file. When I import that same wav file I exported back into Audacity it shows the file is at 32 bit float. How is that possible if I changed it to 16 bit PCM when I exported it?

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Re: Optimal bit depth setting with Yeti mic?

Post by steve » Thu May 13, 2021 8:34 am

dadofmo wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 4:39 am
When I import that same wav file I exported back into Audacity it shows the file is at 32 bit float. How is that possible if I changed it to 16 bit PCM when I exported it?
By default, Audacity converts files to "32-bit float PCM" on import. This conversion is 100% lossless and it minimises quality losses when processing the audio. Processing as 16-bit (integer) would lose a little bit of sound quality with every effect, but 32-bit float doesn't.
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Re: Optimal bit depth setting with Yeti mic?

Post by kozikowski » Thu May 13, 2021 12:22 pm

Audacity doesn't have Get Info. To see the technical specifications of a sound file you have to do it before you import.

See: Media Info either as a download or on-line.

https://mediaarea.net/MediaInfoOnline

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