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 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 8:48 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

An LP has a needle that reads grooves in a record, a cassette has magnetic tape and playing heads, a CD drive has a laser that reads information on a disc. But how does a digital player like iTunes read mp3 files and translates that into sound?

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 7:34 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

I'm not sure if this helps, but this thead may answer your question, at least in part.

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=76349&forumID=1&archive=0

Ever since I've had my windows 7, i3770 pentium quad core machine, the option to use 16 or 24 bit sound from the basic Realtek driver has left me a little confused. I don't have a dedicated sound card because what the basic default hardware provides leaves even mp3 files sounding pretty good. Maybe others out there can chip in on this never-endingly confusing subject?

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 7:47 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

http://www.howstuffworks.com/mp3.htm

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 8:33 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Cool, thxs guys. I shall read on.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 9:06 PM   
 By:   chris123   (Member)

the only real difference with digital music files is that your computer already has the data in its memory instead of temporarily placing the data in its memory after reading a cd.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 9:13 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I'm not sure if this helps, but this thead may answer your question, at least in part.

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=76349&forumID=1&archive=0

Ever since I've had my windows 7, i3770 pentium quad core machine, the option to use 16 or 24 bit sound from the basic Realtek driver has left me a little confused. I don't have a dedicated sound card because what the basic default hardware provides leaves even mp3 files sounding pretty good. Maybe others out there can chip in on this never-endingly confusing subject?


If you are asking whether changing the setting between 16 and 24 bit sound will make any difference, the answer is probably not. Only if your music is 24 bit will it matter. You should leave it at 16 bit setting unless you have some 24 bit recordings you are listening to.

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

If you are asking whether changing the setting between 16 and 24 bit sound will make any difference, the answer is probably not. Only if your music is 24 bit will it matter. You should leave it at 16 bit setting unless you have some 24 bit recordings you are listening to.

Right, Sirusjr. 16 bit 'studio quality' it is! The sound is piped through the green line(in/out) rear panel connector directly to hi-fi stereo speakers through my Panasonic music port, multi/cd tray stack (which never gets used anyway.) All CDs are ripped using media player, then a conversion to USB mp3 takes place. My preferred standard storage is micro-SD cards of 4GB capacity. I don't even use my mp3 player as a receiver anymore because all memory on it is used up anyway and it's pointless to insert the 4GB micro-SD into it's slot extension because it means powering on the mp3 player needlessly. So, it all goes onto a USB micro-SD device holder. If I'm in, then these very small devices go straight into the computer's nearest USB port and Windows 7 media player becomes a pretty big jukebox. I've got one TDK and one PNY micro-SD device. Originally it was two TDKs, however, one of them just fell apart without any undue force applied. I'm actually very careful with my gadgets, so it's worth noting that the wear and tear effect is pretty high due to the heavy usage and handling they are subjected to. I've had the mp3 player and both the SDs connected giving a total of about 16GB of music ready to go. I think it's pretty amazing we can do these things so effortlessly these days. Should the need arise I can always up the micro-SD size. But, you know, 4GB bitesize is fine because should any chip fail, it's not a gigantic setback.

For what it's worth, I'm sure there are some terrific hardware configurations that would make my modest little setup insect-like by comparison, but it suits me down to the ground. How good can you get film music to sound on your setups?

 
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