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Home Mastering: How to Convert Sample Rate

Have you seen The Godfather? I bet you haven’t. Unless you’re in England. Yes, I’m talking about the godfather of home mastering education, Ian Shepherd.

Ian has put this video together showing us how to use Sample Manager from Audiofile Engineering to quickly (batch) convert sample rate. Besides sample rate conversion, Sample Manager also has over 50 other process actions available and uses iZotope’s industry best 64-bit SRC™ and MBIT+™ dither. There is a 15-day free trial, so definitely check it out.

He also discusses why high-quality sample rate conversion is important, how to find out if the SRC in your DAW is any good, and whether high sample rates might actually be making your music sound worse.

Ian has been putting out invaluable articles, guides and videos over at Production Advice for years now, including How to Master Your Own Music — The Basics.

Anyway, he just opened up his Home Mastering Masterclass, and it’s 30% off this week. You can even enter to win a free place in the course.

Check out the trailer below to learn more!

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P.S. Ian was asked in the YouTube comments what the advantage of changing to 32-bit is, and gave this useful answer:

That’s a whole other video! But the most important benefit is that floating-point prevents damage by clipping. If your signal is peaking at (or near) 0 dBFS, the SRC process may result in it going above zero.

In 24-bit this may cause distortion, whereas in 32-bit floating point you can either add a limiter to control the peaks cleanly, or reduce the level as required.

Make sure you check out the Home Mastering Masterclass for more info!

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Dan Comerchero

Dan Comerchero

I'm Dan, Founder of The Pro Audio Files and Quiztones ear training apps. I'm probably checking Instagram if you want to say hi.

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