I’m trying to use W-Elements-11 for the first time and trying to dither a 32bit file down to 16bit without success. the resulting file is still 32bit.
I must be misunderstanding something or doing something wrong.
I think I could just save the file as 16bit without dithering but I don’t think that is the best way to do it.
The dither option changes the samples, not the way the samples are stored. Hence what you do is half of the job. You have to select 16-bit as the output file format if you want the samples to be held in a 16-bit file.
When you get a 32-bit file, you get 32-bit samples quantized to 16 bits.
Insert a dither plugin with the desired dither last in your chain.
Tell WaveLab what bit-depth the new file should be.
If there is any processing after your dither plugin or on the rendered filed, the bit-depth can change again but when everything is set perfectly, this method works.
People seem to get confused by this in WaveLab more than other programs but even in Pro Tools when you bounce to disk…you have to both insert the desired dither last on your master fader AND tell Pro Tools what bit-depth the bounced file should be.