All About Dithering

2infamouz

New member
real informative...i like how its written 2, not like reading a lame textbook it actually sounds like someone explaining something .
 
BTW, one of the best introduction I've heard is:
…one of the earliest [applications] of dither came in World War II. Airplane bombers used mechanical computers to perform navigation and bomb trajectory calculations. Curiously, these computers (boxes filled with hundreds of gears and cogs) performed more accurately when flying on board the aircraft, and less well on ground. Engineers realized that the vibration from the aircraft reduced the error from sticky moving parts. Instead of moving in short jerks, they moved more continuously. Small vibrating motors were built into the computers, and their vibration was called dither from the Middle English verb "didderen," meaning "to tremble." Today, when you tap a mechanical meter to increase its accuracy, you are applying dither, and modern dictionaries define dither as a highly nervous, confused, or agitated state. In minute quantities, dither successfully makes a digitization system a little more analog in the good sense of the word.
—Ken Pohlmann, Principles of Digital Audio
Realllllllllllllllllllllllllly?

Ya learn something errday
 

FreshFruits

New member
Awesome article. Well written and alltogether informative

Never bothered too much with dithering, but I see there is some point now.
 

Scairkrow

Artist/ Future Producer
Nice... I just started using REASON 5 last year and im still learning it and I was very curious about what the hell a dithering was lol... thanks!!!! aka artiton
 

German Engineering

Hip Hop Instrumentals
not to big on the whole technical aspect of dithering...but a fellow producer has shown me before and after projects using dithering techniques...and it did make quite a difference on quality overall...just pointing out that there are people that pull off some kind of sound magic using dithering specifially
 

cupwise

New member
with 32bit DAWs dithering is really only needed as the last stage when you go down to 16bit. interesting info, though.
 

Dj-K9

New member
all mastering is done by normal ears .. if sounds good it is good .. too much depth on this subject now as ive found out.
 

Yuno

Loudness Warrior
all mastering is done by normal ears .. if sounds good it is good .. too much depth on this subject now as ive found out.
It definitely still takes experience. My first masters were awful!
with 32bit DAWs dithering is really only needed as the last stage when you go down to 16bit. interesting info, though.
this is exactly true. If you cake on one dither after another, the dither noise will eventually become audible and thus defeat the purpose of it.
 

J4YM5

New member
Dithering is a pointless inconvenience in modern high gain music.
If you have a very spacious dynamic style then go ahead

 

jezwells

New member
I would always dither, but I really wouldn't get too hung up on the type of dither, traingular pdf does the job just fine. Sure, on lots of audio the effect of dithering is inaudible. But I wouldn't want people listening with a decent pair of headphones to a recording of mine of say, a pianissimo flute decay in a quiet room, if I hadn't dithered when going from 24 bit to 16 bit - I think the distortion in that case would be audible.
 

Rubix Shogunna

New member
I rarely use dither.

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