Ask Joe #56 – Using a VU Meter


Questions covered this week:

  • How do I deal with “combo jacks” on my USB audio interface?
  • What’s the best way to import samples into my high-sample-rate session?
  • Can I use a high-pass filter on a bus to process all my tracks except kick and bass
  • How do I use the VU meter on my preamp?
  • How do I get a full “in your face” distorted guitar tone?

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Sample Rates: Just Marketing Hype?

sample-rateI come across a lot of people who are confused when it comes to sample rates. They see a box that goes up to 192 kHz, and they instinctively think it must be better.

Bigger is better, right? Or is it?

First off, a CD is at a 44.1 kHz sample rate, which means it can reproduce up to around 22.05 kHz. Human hearing caps at 20 kHz, and most of us can’t hear much past 16 kHz anyway. So this should be fine, right?

Well now we have interfaces and converters going all the way up to 192 kHz. These can theoretically capture sounds up to 96 kHz.

Can we hear a difference?