If I select to record at 96/24 in a program like Audacity, is there any way to tell if the D-A conversion is actually 96/24 instead of an up-conversion from 44/16?
Audigy 2 does support 24/96 but, it's same result if you record using 16/96 (measured using RMAA) -> no true 24-bit recording possible.
The final destination will be typical 16 bit 44,100 Hz, but if I decide to try do do click/pop or noise removal, is there any benefit from doing such work at a higher quality and then reducing the sample rate and bit depth later, rather than doing all the manipulation at an initial setting of 16/44?
Also, Audacity allows you to record with 32 bit float as well, but I'm quite sure that my sound card doesn't support it. Is there any way to verify that the sound card actually does output 24 bit when you're recording at that depth?
That's not an issue when you're dealing with vinyl sources. Even if you decide to process at 24 bit, it is safe to record at 16 bit and convert to 24 bit afterwards (either as a separate step or by the recording software doing it on-the-fly).
Since no extra precision is gained if you increase the bit depth afterwards, is this just a case of using a higher-quality "container" for the editing process so that each edit produces minimal rounding errors, thus when you convert back to 16 at the end, the final result has fewer rounding errors than if you did multiple edits on the original 16-bit recording?
Finally, is there a "best" strategy to deal with the recording volume? Is it better to ensure there is no clipping by setting the recording volume at ~50% and then using a program like SoX to raise the volume later while guarding against clipping, or should the recording volume be set higher (like say, to make the loudest track on the record be as loud as possible without clipping)?
Since recording at 24/96 seems to be out of the question for my hardware, is there really any point in recording at 16/96 or 16/88, or is there no real benefit? I would assume if there is any, it would again just be to reduce potential errors from multiple passes of processing, but since error would also be introduced by resampling back to 16/44 in the final step, is it better to just record at 16/44 in the first place?
I think you're probably best off recording at the sample rate you plan on using for playback.
I only scanned those links, but didn't see anything that suggested that frequency response wouldn't be flat from 20-20k when sampling at something less than 96kHz.
Provided your soundcard has a noise floor below about -80dB you are safe to record at around 50% and then normalise later.
Per our Terms of Service to which you agreed upon registering, I'd like to see some samples and ABX logs indicating that you can tell the difference, else you are in violation of #8.
it best to bypass the windows kmixer with AISO or WDM/KS for the best sound.
Has anyone done any testing to determine the minimum number of bits required for a digital recording to sound the same as a vinyl recording? We've been doing the calculations based on the SNR of the medium (e.g. 12 bits for a ~72 dB SNR), but has anyone determined a threshold for transparency via listening tests?
We've been doing the calculations based on the SNR of the medium (e.g. 12 bits for a ~72 dB SNR)