32-Bit Float Files Explained

- ask away
Post Reply
User avatar
John Clees
mnml admn
mnml admn
Posts: 7134
Joined: Mon Mar 07, 2005 4:21 am
Location: walk the e[art]h : Detroit Metro : -
x 8
x 10

32-Bit Float Files Explained

Post by John Clees » Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:20 am

A good friend sent me some of his newly released music.

Using a WinAmp Player it displayed "28H" kps & 44 kHz which sent me on a rabbit hole -- not much to offer.
When I viewed the file information option I saw that it mentioned "32-bit float".
I had never heard of this before.

Anything that isn't compressed AND gives more headroom -- I'm all ears.
Just some added info after a few quick searches and thought I'd share.
"32 bit floating is a 24 bit recording with 8 extra bits for volume. Basically, if the audio is rendered within the computer, then 32 bit floating gives you more headroom. Within the computer means things like AudioSuite effects in Pro Tools and printing tracks internally.Feb 23, 2017"
Not a ton of gigantic changes over the years, I've never heard of this, dug up a few things, and thought I'd share.



32-Bit Float Files Explained
https://www.sounddevices.com/32-bit-flo ... explained/
For ultra-high-dynamic-range recording, 32-bit float is an ideal recording format. The primary benefit of these files is their ability to record signals exceeding 0 dBFS. There is in fact so much headroom that from a fidelity standpoint, it doesn't matter where gains are set while recording.Jan 20, 2020

Post Reply