Choosing a Sound Card for making Music. . . Part Five

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Sound Quality

Most modern audio interfaces provide the facility to specify the bit depth and sample rate for a particualr project but what differences do these values actually make to the quality of the audio? The following is a quick definition of each value with a link to our helpful online guide to sound quality.

Bit Depth
Audio files or indeed stored digitally on a computer are represented by a series of 1s and 0s stored on the computer. Groups of these 1s and 0s are known as bits and it is the number of bits used which dictates how detailed the audio is described.  Click here for more information on what the bit depth and sample rate refer to?

Sample Rates
The sample rate is the number of "snapshots" of audio that are sampled every second. Click here for more information on what the bit depth and sample rate refer to?

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