By mrbagnall | 07 September 2015
I have recently taken to encoding my vinyl record collection to try and capture what is a superior sound quality. I am learning a few things along the way since this is all pretty new to me even though I'm pretty technically skilled at audio and computers. I was curious if anyone could help me with any of these questions and I'll post answers as I get feedback.
- I know that the FLAC format is best for storage. But there are a lot of options. 16bit vs 24 bit, 44,100 samples vs 48,000 samples. I have been encoding at a whopping 96,000 samples. I realize that the higher the sample rate, the better the encoding. Does it matter at any point? When I convert them to ALAC for iTunes, it won't put any of my 96,000 sample songs on my iPod, so I've dumbed them down using ffMpeg to 48,000 samples.
- Is there a real sonic difference between 16 and 24 bit?
- I am also looking to upgrade my turntable. I could use recommendations. Right now I am using an ION which is .... well..... a piece of crap but it's an affordable one. And I am using the audio out on it and not the USB. The USB had this nasty low volume, buzz on it that I could hear and that wasn't cutting it.
Any advice on this would be also greatly appreciated. I have a bunch of vinyl to encode and plan to buy vinyl when available going forward. I appreciate it.