What difference do bit depth and sample rate make? – Question of the Day

On a basic level, the higher the bit depth and sample rate of an audio interface, the better the sound quality. A good analogy is with digital photos – a low resolution leads to a more grainy and less clear image. The same is true of audio – low bit depth and sample rate lead to a grainy and less clear sound, meaning it is difficult or impossible to hear the subtle nuances that make a great recording pleasurable to listen to.

Furthermore, the higher the bit depth and sample rate that you record at, the more “future-proof” your recordings will be; as consumer hi-fi equipment improves in quality, your productions will not be left behind.

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  1. Alex Fiennes says:

    Do you honestly believe with the wholesale triumph of mp3 as a “step forwards” in domestic hifi that there is going to be an improvement in quality in the future? You must have more faith in the public’s ears than I do…

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