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Topic: OT: loosing bit depth when monitoring straight from DAW at lower volumes?

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    Question OT: loosing bit depth when monitoring straight from DAW at lower volumes?

    When connecting your active monitors straight from one of your soundcard's analog outputs, you have to use the master fader in your soundcard's mixing software or sequencer to control the volume that goes to your speakers. Is it true that when working this way at lower volumes (taking the fader down from 0 dBFS), you're loosing bit depth and therfore audio quality? (with less bits entering the soundcard's D/A-converters..)

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    Re: OT: loosing bit depth when monitoring straight from DAW at lower volumes?

    Yes, that's true. As a rule-of-thumb, you'll lose 1 bit for 6 dB. In addition, the noise-floor of the analogue part of your monitoring chain will always be at maximum.

    Ideally you leave the master-fader of your DAW and your soundcard at unity and use an analogue device for levelling the monitoring volume.

    HTH,

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    Re: OT: loosing bit depth when monitoring straight from DAW at lower volumes?

    How many bits are send to my soundcard's D/A converter from Logic @ 0 dB?

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