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Mike Harrison
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:16 pm    Post subject: Recording specs Reply with quote

I'm just trying to find out if I've fallen behind, from a tech standpoint. Unless asked to do otherwise, I tend to record all my files at 16/48 and then export most projects at 16/44.1. If the project is for video, however, all deliverable files are at 16/48 with a peak level of -6db.

Only rarely do I get a request for anything above 16/48, but I've never been asked for a different peak audio level.

Anyone do differently? And why?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unless a client requires something different I always record and export in 16/44.1. Itís so easy to convert the audio on their end that they and I donít worry about it. And keeping the volume to -6db and under is always good practice.

Iím sure weíll all record at 32, or 64, or 96 someday, but until thereís a compelling reason to switch I donít feel the need to drive the ďhotĒ new model.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I record everything at 48 kHz/24 bit. Most jobs require aiff or WAV files at those same settings (completely uncompressed), though a good 30% or so are fine with high-quality mp3s (48/24 at 320 kbps). Less than 5% of jobs are good with "radio" settings of 44.1/16.
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Lee Gordon
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do what Bruce does. If I know the client wants 48K, I'll record in 48K. Otherwise I just record and send in 44.1k. Recording in 48 and converting to 44.1 seems like a needless step.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

48/24, always. Anytime I've ever asked a client that's their response, too.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of the clients I deal with, writers, producers, ad agency people, have no idea what those numbers are or what they mean. They just want nice, usable audio of the best performance I can give them. And Iíve never had an engineer or anyone else contact me to complain about or suggest different settings for my audio and Iíve been recording and sending out audio from my own studio for almost 20 years now.

When the people who pay the bills start to care, so will I.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lee Gordon wrote:
Recording in 48 and converting to 44.1 seems like a needless step.


For my clients, there is no conversion as the requirement is 48/24, which is standard for television and video. For radio stuff, 44.1 is considered standard. But for me to supply 44.1 would require a conversion up to standard, which would make no sense. I get that your bill-payers don't require it; mine do.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I default to 48/24 purely as a matter of personal practice. I've never been asked about my specs. An occasional radio client prefers 44.1/16 but opts and is happy to convert himself.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

16/48 . That's what my video peeps like.
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