Hi : ) !!! - Recording WAV or MP3 ??

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by igmolinav, May 6, 2016.

  1. igmolinav macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005

    I just got a new zoom H2n recorder. I am slowly trying to
    use the full potential of this

    The recording bit rate in WAV is 16 and 24 bit. The recording
    bit rate in MP3 is 48 to 320 kbps.

    What is the difference between recording in WAV and recording
    in MP3, is it only the quality?

    When should i record in WAV with 16, and when with 24 bit?

    How many kbps should I choose when I record in MP3, (As
    mentioned before I can record from 48 to 320 kbps).

    Thank you, kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
  2. cbautis2 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2013
    You're confusing bit depth, bit rate and sample rate. MP3 always records in 16 bits, 48 or 44.1 KHz sample rate.
    WAV is an uncompressed format that's capable of recording in 16 or 24 bit depth, 44.1 KHz to 192 KHz sample rate. Bit rates are typically 1411 kbps for 16 bit, 44.1 KHz sample rate and 4390 kbps for a 24 bit, 96 KHz recording
  3. kolsto, May 7, 2016
    Last edited: May 29, 2016

    kolsto macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2015
    Wav is uncompressed format which means you get audio in the best quality possible which allow you to edit it then without any loss.
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  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    You want to do your recording and editing in WAV or AIFF format.

    Once you've "mixed it down" into your final work, THEN make copies in mp3 format for distribution ...
  5. Luap macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2004
    It came with a manual, right? Try reading it. It explains it perfectly well in there :)
  6. BeechFlyer macrumors regular


    Nov 5, 2015
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    In addition to recording in WAV or AIFF format, record using 24 bits depth. No need to reduce to 16 bits until you create the final deliverable of your project.

    Also, use 44.1 kHz if your final deliverable is a CD, and use 48 kHz if you are recording for video.

    Avoid recording in MP3 format. From my experience, it makes it much harder to clean up your audio.

    All of this under the assumption that the quality of your recording is important to you. If you are just trying to cram as much as possible onto a memory card, then go MP3 all day long.
  7. accentaudio macrumors 6502


    Apr 4, 2012
    Kansas City
    Do NOT record as MP3. Degraded quality. Not recommended.
  8. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005

    Thank you for your messages : ) !!!
    I'll do what you recommend!

    Kind regards,

  9. Cayden macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2014
    Never ever ever record with MP3 files. Don't even export or bounce in MP3. It'll always lead to lossy audio. Try to get 24 bit wav files at at least 44.1 kHz. I personally like to record up to 192 kHz (overkill I know) but you should try to get the best quality you can, as any other conversions will lead to even more loss in the sound
  10. Morpheo macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2014
    The only thing to remember is the file size. So just remember that:

    1 min wav/44.1: about 10MB
    1 min mp3/44.1/256Kbps: about 2MB

    And like the others said, avoid recording in mp3 at all costs, make sure you always have enough space on your SD card.

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