What Is Stereo Audio/Sound? (Vs. Mono & Surround)
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What Is Stereo Audio/Sound? (Vs. Mono & Surround)

Stereo audio has been a dominant format for analog and digital audio for decades, particularly in the music industry. It’s a relatively simple format that does a good job of emulating the way we naturally hear the world around us (so long as we’re monitoring it appropriately). And while it has its drawbacks, it’s still…

Audio: Buses Vs. Subgroups, Aux Sends/Returns, VCAs & Groups
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Audio: Buses Vs. Subgroups, Aux Sends/Returns, VCAs & Groups

Auxes, buses, sends, returns, VCAs, groups, subgroups, and many more terms make up the wide lexicon of audio technology. When learning about music and audio production, the glossary of terms can be overwhelming, and what’s worse is that many terms are used interchangeably. Let’s consider these related terms and their definitions to help you keep…

Complete Guide To Digital Audio Formats (MP3, WAV, & More)
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Complete Guide To Digital Audio Formats (MP3, WAV, & More)

The field of digital audio formats can be confusing, especially with so many different options around. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, and choosing the perfect one for your project can be challenging. What are digital audio formats? Digital audio formats are file formats for storing digital audio data on computer systems. These formats can be uncompressed (all…

What Is The Best Audio Format (Size, Quality, Compatibility)
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What Is The Best Audio Format (Size, Quality, Compatibility)

A hugely important part of producing and distributing music, podcasts and audio, more generally is selecting the right audio format for the job. There are a lot of different audio formats available today. As a music producer, narrator or even an average Joe trying to record your memories, it can be confusing knowing which format…

Do High-Resolution (Hi-Res) Audio Files Make A Difference?
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Do High-Resolution (Hi-Res) Audio Files Make A Difference?

High-resolution audio is a popular buzzword in the world of streaming and audio file formats, more generally. Streaming services are increasingly advertising this as the next big advancement in digital audio, with hardware manufacturers releasing headphones and music players marketed to be capable of ‘Hi-Res Audio’. Do High-Resolution (Hi-Res) audio files make a difference? Hi-Res…

WAV Or MP3: Which Is The Superior Audio Format?
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WAV Or MP3: Which Is The Superior Audio Format?

The battle of digital audio formats for both music and recordings continues. Two of the most popular audio file types are WAV and MP3. However, there’s often much confusion surrounding the benefits and drawbacks of each audio format. Which is better for music? What about recordings? Which is a better digital audio format, MP3 or…

Are Audio Amplifiers Analog Or Digital Devices?
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Are Audio Amplifiers Analog Or Digital Devices?

The first commercial digital audio recordings were released in 1971, and since then, listeners have been amplifying these recordings to enjoy them through speakers and headphones. Nowadays, most of the audio people listen to is digital (even with the resurgence of analog audio vinyl records), which begs the question of whether amps are digital devices…

The Ultimate DAC (Digital-Analog Converter) Buyer’s Guide 2024
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The Ultimate DAC (Digital-Analog Converter) Buyer’s Guide 2024

So you’re wondering which DAC (digital-analog converter) you should buy, rent or otherwise try out. In this comprehensive buyer’s guide, we’ll go through everything worth considering before you make any decisions about a digital-analog converter. If you’ve found yourself asking, “Which DAC should I buy?” this extensive resource is for you. Please feel free to…

Top 11 Best Desktop DAC (Digital-Analog Converter) Brands
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Top 11 Best Desktop DAC (Digital-Analog Converter) Brands

A quality desktop DAC (digital-to-analog converter) can work wonders to improve the relatively poor audio quality of consumer-grade digital audio playback devices (computers, cell phones, etc.). If you happen to want and need a desktop DAC, there are plenty of options on the market. Though the brand is far from the most critical factor, it’s…

Top 9 Best Portable DAC (Digital-Analog Converter) Brands
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Top 9 Best Portable DAC (Digital-Analog Converter) Brands

A high-end portable DAC (digital-to-analog converter) has the potential to improve the comparatively poor audio quality of consumer-grade digital audio playback devices on the go or in more stationary systems. If you happen to want and need a portable DAC, there are abundant options on the market. Though the DAC’s brand is certainly not the…

Are Loudspeakers & Monitors Analog Or Digital Audio Devices?
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Are Loudspeakers & Monitors Analog Or Digital Audio Devices?

Since the first commercial digital recordings were released in 1971, eager listeners have been listening to digital audio through their speakers. Today, nearly all the audio we listen to through our speakers is digital (even with the resurgence of analog audio vinyl records). Are speakers analog or digital devices? Though speakers are regularly connected to…