Bit depth and sample rate conversations are commonplace and can become involved and sometimes heated conversations on audio and music production forums, particularly those aimed at pro level audiophiles and engineers. Invariably, the question will come up… 16 or 24 Bit Audio?
The Bit depth can essentially be understood as the “clarity,” or the resolution of the sound. The higher the bit depth, the greater the clarity, or ability to reproduce a more detailed zoomed in picture of the sonic detail.
CD quality = 16 Bit “Red-book Standard“
Sample rate = the amount of times your audio is sampled per second. Cycles per second.
Cd Standard = 44.1k