ffg wrote:Dithering is simply introducing noise at low level, in order to conceal the high levels of distortion present in digital signals as they approach silence (typically at the end of the fade or reverb tail). If you listen to this at high levels (careful!) you will hear a 16bit audio recording break up into grainy distortion just before it disappears. After dithering, the signal will disappear into a soft noisy haze, which is considerably more pleasant, particularly if you like to listen to the ends of fades at very high volume!
So yes, I'd say your 16bit recording would benefit from dithering. Dithering isn't important if you're staying in the 24bit world, because the digital noise floor is so much lower.
Always use dither when saving out to 16 or 24-bit files.
andyjh wrote:in the same way that if you work at 24-bit, you should dither down to 24-bit when exporting, because Cubase has been working at 32-bit.
G-string wrote:Buy an External recorder , no need to ever worry about Dithering
However, if 0dB has been exceeded at any time up till output, those 'overload' samples will have lower bits that actually match the not so low bits of the other samples, due to the increase in the exponent shifting them all up, so dithering is still recommended.
fishtank wrote:I think you are confusing dithering with floating point.
shadowfax wrote:You guy's are way too clever for me but I appreciate your input mucho
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