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Shaping Sound in the Studio and Beyond: Audio Aesthetics and Technology by Gary Gottlieb

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Sampling Rates

Let’s suppose we have a sound wave with a frequency of 1 kHz. As we recall from Chapter 2, this means that the sound wave repeats itself 1,000 times each second. To bring this sound into the digital realm, it needs to undergo an analog-to-digital conversion (A–D) (see Figure 7.2).

Figure 7.2. Although virtually all digital gear offers internal digital-to-analog conversion, many audio professionals prefer using outboard converters, such as the Manley Reference Digital to Analog Converter. Photo courtesy of Manley Labs.

In this process, the A–D converter examines the sound wave by slicing into it repeatedly. If the A–D converter ...

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