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Revision as of 15:46, 6 March 2010

96000 is slowly becoming a more wide-spread samplerate. Just as the audio CD caused the 44100 Hz samplerate to become very wide-spread, this rate is slowly becoming the next big standard in pro audio equipment and, perhaps in due time, also in HiFi circles.

It's all about headroom

The benefits of using a samplerate much higher than required becomes apparent in a production environment. A 96000 recording is in itself hard do distinguish from a 44100 recording, but if you need to play them at half speed, the difference becomes clear. Also, all effects involving resampling typically apply a steep lowpass filter just below the nyquist frequency in order to avoid aliasing. Examples of such effects are chorus, pitch shifters, vibrato, FM modulation etc.

Such a lowpass filter is not lossless. It introduces a slight phase shift, mostly audible in the upper octave. Most equalizers also tend to misbehave in the upmost octave, yielding odd results when trying to work with the frequencies close to the nyquist frequency, which is why they also gain from being used at a much higher samplerate. Reverbs tend to "blend in" better at higher samplerates because of the higher precision in time.

These effects may not be easy to hear when tested one by one, but in a complex song where sounds are generated and then manipulated through numerous effects, the difference becomes noticeable. The treble is usually where you notice the biggest change, but even the mid area can gain a lot from this.

The disadvantage of higher samplerates is that when you double the samplerate, you also double the amount of CPU needed.

Buzz and 96000 hz

Buzz is fully capable of running at high samplerates such as 88200, 96000 and 192000 Hz. Some of the available generators and effects, namely older ones, do not handle these rates entirely correctly. Switching samplerate of an existing .bmx typically requires some manual compensation, especially if such old machines were used. In order to really be "96 KHz compatible" a machine must meet the following criteria:

  • Switching between 44100 and 96000 hz should not change the behaviour of the machine more than a few percent.
  • Generators must still produce the same (correct) notes no matter the samplerate chosen.
  • Filter frequencies and ADSR curve timings should stay at the same frequency despite changing samplerate.

List of 96000 Hz compatible Buzz machines

  • Matilde Tracker
  • Unwieldy Tracker
  • Joachim Mars
  • Joachim ChannelStrip
  • Joachim Multi 2 (except the HP filter, which changes frequency)
  • Joachim Saturn
  • Joachim Venus
  • Joachim Tethys
  • Fuzzpilz UnwieldyDelay II

List of 96000 Hz incompatible Buzz machines

  • Arguelles TB4004 (changes pitch)
  • FSM PanzDelay (can only do very short delays at high rates)

Notice that just because a machine is not 96000 hz compatible, it can typically still be used. You just have to adjust it differently, and sometimes pitch notes in unexpected ways, to make it work.