Another Dithering Thread
Sep 4th, 2012, 01:39
I'm back again with another question about dithering during bouncing. Probably asked before, but I'm still not clear. I'm putting together a bunch of songs for an album, using Logic 9 as my DAW. As I mix and quasi-master each one (no further intention to master), I find that I need to check the mix by burning each song to a CD and playing it on my car stereo while I'm driving. [I call the 'road test'.] But I'm intending to migrate the songs into Waveburner when they are all ready, which I will use to simply compile the CD, and maybe for some final volume/EQ tweaks. I figured I should leave the mixes as 24-bit (no bit reduction) until I get ready to burn the final CD from within Waveburner. When I'm simply burning songs onto a CD for the 'road test', and preparing what could be the final mix, I keep the bit depth a 24, but I figured I needed to apply dithering because it's going onto a CD. Here's my question: In Logic's Bounce window, do I need to apply dithering for those bounces intended for the road test and for a possible final mix? I've been selecting 24 bit (for the Bounce folder) and dithering for the CD burn, and, strangely, Logic lets me do that. I don't really understand whether my Bounce file is therefore already dithered (which I don't want) or just the file burned onto the CD. I guess the file saved in the Bounce folder couldn't really be dithered if it's still 24-bit, right? Thanks for the help. Just call me paranoid about dithering twice.