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Audio recording qualities with different software

Postby Guest » Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:39 pm

Using an external USB sound card into a windows computer, should we expect to see a difference in audio quality from say the free windows programs that come with the operating system and the more expensive professional programs even though its the same external sound card? Also dose the speck of the cpu, ram and type of windows operating system have anything to do with it as well?

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Re: Audio recording qualities with different software

Postby Eddy Deegan » Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:47 am

No. The audio quality will be the same regardless. The only difference will be the latency settings you can use (better hardware = lower latency).
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Re: Audio recording qualities with different software

Postby Wonks » Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:28 am

Also better drivers i.e. ASIO, mean lower latency.

But I have a feeling that the standard windows audio drivers don't support higher sampling rates, so if the interface is set to record at 88.2kHz or 96kHz, then you may get nothing or Windows might convert to 44.1kHz or 48kHz on the fly (and probably reduce the percieved sound quality). Also, you'll probably find that the files are stored as .wma files rather than .wav files.

But it's not that easy to find out exactly what Windows does to sound files when recording them itself.
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Re: Audio recording qualities with different software

Postby Guest » Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:38 pm

Wonks wrote:
But I have a feeling that the standard windows audio drivers don't support higher sampling rates, so if the interface is set to record at 88.2kHz or 96kHz, then you may get nothing or Windows might convert to 44.1kHz or 48kHz on the fly (and probably reduce the percieved sound quality).

Also, you'll probably find that the files are stored as .wma files rather than .wav files.
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So I need to find out what Khz my audio interface/ sound card runs at first

Do you think saving the file to a different format makes any difference
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Re: Audio recording qualities with different software

Postby Dynamic Mike » Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:11 pm

Foobar2000 is free and will play Wavs (and pretty much any other format) and run ASIO drivers if you choose.
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Re: Audio recording qualities with different software

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:31 pm

Dynamic Mike wrote:Foobar2000 is free and will play Wavs (and pretty much any other format) and run ASIO drivers if you choose.

Yep, I use foobar2000 on a daily basis, and apart from bit-perfect ASIO and WASAPI support it also has loads of useful add-ons for replay of unusual 8-bit game music formats including C64 .sid files, Gameboy .gbs, Megadrive .vgz ...

It can really be a drag 'n drop player extraordinaire! 8-)


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Re: Audio recording qualities with different software

Postby Guest » Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:20 am

Martin Walker wrote:
Dynamic Mike wrote:Foobar2000 is free and will play Wavs (and pretty much any other format) and run ASIO drivers if you choose.

Yep, I use foobar2000 on a daily basis,
Dose it run on xp 32bit machines by any chance?
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Re: Audio recording qualities with different software

Postby Eddy Deegan » Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:01 am

night ans day wrote:Dose it run on xp 32bit machines by any chance?

Yes it does, but it'd be quicker just to check the website than ask here!

https://www.foobar2000.org/download

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i686 or newer x86 processor. Any Windows PC built during the last 15 years should be OK.
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Re: Audio recording qualities with different software

Postby Eddy Deegan » Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:07 am

Martin Walker wrote:Yep, I use foobar2000 on a daily basis, and apart from bit-perfect ASIO and WASAPI support it also has loads of useful add-ons for replay of unusual 8-bit game music formats including C64 .sid files, Gameboy .gbs, Megadrive .vgz ...

It can really be a drag 'n drop player extraordinaire! 8-)

I really like it too and use it a lot, though I've always found customising it a bit of a pain!
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Re: Audio recording qualities with different software

Postby N i g e l » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:39 pm

Yep Foobar2000 is great. I even ripped my CDs using it

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Re: Audio recording qualities with different software

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:40 pm

N i g e l wrote:Yep Foobar2000 is great. I even ripped my CDs using it

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Me too ;)

It's also quite handy for playing General MIDI files :thumbup:


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Re: Audio recording qualities with different software

Postby Dynamic Mike » Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:50 pm

Eddy Deegan wrote:I really like it too and use it a lot, though I've always found customising it a bit of a pain!

I'd have to agree about it being a pain to customise. I'm sure it used to be easier. The last time I updated I lost all my settings & preferences and it took forever to restore it to how I wanted. But having said that I quite like the fact you can pick & choose which third party components you need.
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Re: Audio recording qualities with different software

Postby Pete Kaine » Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:06 am

Wonks wrote:But I have a feeling that the standard windows audio drivers don't support higher sampling rates

Windows Native USB audio at this point tops out around 24/192 but otherwise (and USB aside) additional drivers that ship with the card should be able to set up whatever is on the spec sheet.
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