[bct] Re: Another idea about recorders

  • From: "Mike" <mgpjcole@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 18:36:20 -0800

Ah so the noise floor doesn't stay constant, it gets louder.

Noise compression is different from digital file size compression, right? The
difference between a CD and an MP3 is tremendous. Is dynamic range affected 
when we
make an MP3 file? or is it more proper to say when we convert a wave file to 

Sorry for the extreme basic questions, but once we know some basic things, I  
for one
am freed up to know so much more.

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Subject: [bct] Re: Another idea about recorders

As a rule, I do not use limiting at all, but record at minimal volumes.  If
you have a quiet mike, quiet cables and a good recorder and record at 24
bits instead of 16, you can boost the volume of that recording a great deal
so you get all the dynamic range you can use without any limiting.

Compression is just that, it reduces the total dynamic range.  This means
that, by definition, the softs are boosted and the louds are lowered,
depending on what kind of compression is used.  The result is usually a
noisier recording.  Compression is why commercials on television sound
louder, but are not.  Their maximum volume is no more than the surrounding
program material, they are merely compressed so the average sound is near
the peaks, making it feel as if they are much louder.


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