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24 bit or 32 bit floating

Postby CostaSaint » Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:34 am

Which one should I use to export a finished mix in Cubase?
Is there much difference?
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Re: 24 bit or 32 bit floating

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:06 am

If you are exporting a finished mix then fixed point, 24 bit is the way to go.

32-bit floating point is beneficial for storing the working files of a project still in progress, but there are a number of slightly different floating point formats and so trying to transfer floating point material between workstations can be problematical. Added to which, the dynamic range capability of 32-bit FP isn't necessary for a finished mix.

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Re: 24 bit or 32 bit floating

Postby Ant Gamble » Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:08 pm

....different formats.....Tell me about it!

I'm an automation programmer. Some equipment can use 2 different 32 bit formats - one's called 'FLOAT', the other is called 'REAL'. I wish everyone would stick to the same IEEE standard (754).
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Re: 24 bit or 32 bit floating

Postby desmond » Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:30 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:If you are exporting a finished mix then fixed point, 24 bit is the way to go.

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Re: 24 bit or 32 bit floating

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:56 pm

Agreed


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Re: 24 bit or 32 bit floating

Postby dmills » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:20 pm

Ant Gamble wrote:I wish everyone would stick to the same IEEE standard (754).

In all probability both float and real (also called double in non pascal derived languages) are defined by IEEE754, the difference is that one is 32 bit and the other 64 bit. Both have a purpose and neither is going away anytime soon.

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