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Dithering is something we use when exporting or bouncing recorded audio. Jeff and Charlie explain dithering, and why it’s important in this video.

Key Points:
  • Audio engineers use a process called dithering to resolve quantization errors. Dithering is adding low-level noise into your audio signal to soften unpleasant sounds caused by processing (ex: fade in/fade out).
  • Quantization occurs when frequencies are divided up into bits.
  • When working with bit depth you’ll encounter quantization errors. These errors occur when a bit falls out of order between frequencies, causing unwanted noise.

Pro Tip: If you are handing your recording off to a mastering engineer, let them do the dithering. If you are mastering your own audio, apply dithering at the end of your processing to reduce noise.


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