Do you respect the integrity of your spoken word recording or not? Yes, you can make do with 16bits and maintain your respect of your source material, but then you need to apply a 90s approach to recording, which is totally acceptable, but you still need to adjust your methods.batman144144 wrote:What if the signal content is just the spoken word? Is 24bit not overkill?fishmonkey wrote:your rationale of recording at 16 bit because the original source is already 16 bit does not hold water. the signal is being converted into the analogue realm, and then back to digital again. if the source uses all 16 bits then you will lose some fidelity unless you somehow manage to achieve a perfect 1:1 level match during the DAC -> ADC process. in addition you will have distortion introduced by the circuitry during the DAC -> ADC stages.
If you don't like how Live natively uses 32bits, you can download freeware Audacity and do your 16bit recordings there.
And talking about whether Live actually uses 32bit or not, you can use Bitter from Stillwell Audio to find out how much bits are actually used where in your signal chain. I've learned a lot from analyzing my projects with that.