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Low gain and higher volume vs high gain and lower volume

Discussion in 'Sound Science' started by craftyclown, Oct 20, 2016.
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  1. GRUMPYOLDGUY

    Overflow/saturation. I would actually speculate that it's mostly not fine and some rare instances is okay.

    Say I have 16 bits to represent values... It gives me a range of -32768 to +32767. If some of my values are already greater than 16384, and I scale everything up by a factor of 2 (6dB gain), then those values can no longer be represented by the 16 bits. So anything from 16384 to 32767 will all be 32767 after the gain is applied.
     
  2. Ruben123
    As I understand, digital gain means no loss of information or increase in noise, as long as your gain doesn't go beyond "100%". It's like, or is, digital volume. You can then adjust your analogue volume control, which could add distortion etc, to get the volume you want
     
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