Dithering idiot

So I record my projects at 32 bit float, then I dither to 16 bit on the stereo output for mixdown but I’ve only just noticed :blush: that when I’m exporting a mix the audio engine output is still on 32 bit float, so does this bugger up my 16 bit dithering :confused:

it’s tough trying to be a tekky :unamused:

any advice much appreciated and thanks, Kevin :slight_smile:

Aloha K,

Remember all dithering does is to add noise to your rendered file.

Good Luck!


ARGH! I get headache every time someone says: “dither to”. You don’t “dither to”, you “reduce bit-depth to” and you can do this with or without dither.

Ok guy’s thank you for your reply’s…from now on I will “reduce bit depth to” 16 bit… :slight_smile:

Thank you. It makes huge difference in my aspirin consumption. :stuck_out_tongue:

Funny: I get a similar headache when people refer to word length as “bit depth” :wink:

On a more helpful note, there’s a very useful explanation of how and why dither may works in this SOS feature, complete with audio examples: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/feb08/articles/digitalaudio.htm#para8

You have to export to 44.1/16 bit ( export settings ) with the dithering plug in the last insert slot in the stereo out set to 16bit

yes I was aware of that,I was just concerned that upon export my audio engine was set to 32 bit float and if this effected anything… :slight_smile: thank you for popping in though.

thank you for your post MHoughton :slight_smile:

You’re free to simply convert those mixdowns into 16-bit. There shouldn’t be any information past 16-bits—as long as 16-bit dither was the very final process.

Cheap ‘Getting Started’ guide to Dithering.

I can see your point. Word length is technically right term. Anyway I refuse to use it in context of number of bits in PCM sample, because it may be confused with word length of computer’s CPU. Maybe “sample length” could be reasonable compromise.

I was only gently teasing… Everyone knows what you mean by ‘bit depth’. Best not start talking about sample length, though, as that has even more potential to confuse!