Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Audio Recording Time Calculator

Ever wondered how much space a given amount of digital audio will take up on your system? Worry no more. Sound Devices, an audio field production manufacturer has taken care of all the arithmetic for you. Sound Devices is probably more well known for their USBPre than their Audio Recording Time Calculator however, each can be just as important to a user given the gig. I stumbled across the Audio Recording Time Calculator (ARTC from here on) while doing some research on Sound Devices' USBPre as I'm about to purchase a used one from a colleague. As soon as I found the ARTC I knew I had to share it with all of you.

The ARTC from Sound Devices allows you to know precisely how much storage space is required for given amounts of digital audio. For example, lets assume you're recording a live gig for a band but don't know how much HD space the recording will take up. All you have to know is how long the performance is and what type of files you'll be writing the audio to and the ARTC does the rest of the work for you. It even works in the reverse, if you only have 500mb of space left, the ARTC will tell you how much audio 500MB is equivalent to in running time. Just, put in the file type, number of tracks, sample rate & bit depth and you're ready to go. This can prove to be an invaluable tool when HD space is at a premium and calculations must be done in advanced of the gig. Not knowing these things could prove to be disastrous when your hard drive fills up during the middle of a live recording.

More information on Sound Devices can be found at their website and here's a link to the Audio Recording Time Calculator.

All the best,


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