[linux-audio-user] 44.1, 48 or 96?

Esben Stien b0ef at esben-stien.name
Mon Sep 12 11:03:12 EDT 2005

"Joseph Dell'Orfano" <fullgo at dellorfano.net> writes:

> I am looking for some engineering know-how and advice. 

Then you should check out:

irc://irc.homelien.no/%23musicdsp (efnet) and it's mailinglist music-dsp.

Also check out the rec.audio.pro newsgroup.

Many enthusiasts and recording engineers there

> Should I track at 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz or 96 kHz?

The higher the better. Even with 192kHz you're not creating a correct
digital representation of the analog signal. Nyquist says 2 times the
highest frequency, but this still has some problems.

> recording his album at 44.1 kHz, arguing that this will avoid
> downsampling when finally pressing a CD. 

Sure, but this shouldn't stop you creating the best possible fidelity
in your recordings. 

> I am contemplating the addition of an outboard digital effects
> processor to take some load off my CPU.

Not advisable; rather invest in processing power where you can use
free software algorithms.

> Most units (less than $1000) with s/pdif are 44.1 and 48 kHz, so
> they would not work (I don´t think) with digital audio recorded at
> 96 kHz.

Another reason to stay away. 

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