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The Best Audio File For Pro DJs

Mar 28, 2022

Produce High Quality Tracks For Your Gigs

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What about 44.1Hz vs 48kHz vs 96kHz Sample Rates? 

The standard format for audio CDs is 16-bit/44.1 kHz.

24-bit 48k Hz and 96kHz sample rates are more commonly utilized in modern day digital studio application.

While you will rarely hear a difference in 44.1 vs 48kHz audio, utilizing a 48kHz over a 44.1kHz sample rate affords more flexibility and headroom when remastering high frequency sounds, notes or instruments. The bit depth also offers more dynamic range over the 16-bit CD Standard.

In a digital studio production environment, I would opt for a 96kHz sample rate. This is especially helpful when working with a number of plugins.

The benefits of HD (96kHz) audio is fairly indistinguishable in a live sound environment when compared to 48kHz. The 96kHz sampling rate is primarily intended for studio production and recording use.

The only time I would deploy 96kHz in a live sound setting would be while utilizing a mixing console and computer combo running effects plugins. If the computer is equipped with enough processing power and a low buffer setting, a 96kHz sample rate will certainly reduce audio latency.

ProSound Web provides further information on testing audio devices in a similar content. It’s worth the read if you’d like to learn about how to conduct a listening test on your device.

We’ve received several inquiries about the best audio file for Pro DJs to attain the highest quality sound.



Let’s dive into it today.

What is the best audio file for Pro DJs and how can you better the sound quality of a track?

I and the great majority of DJs utilize 320kbps MP3s. It has a wonderful balance of sound quality vs file storage size.

If you are creating remixes, edits or studio music production,  start with a lossless format (FLAC, WAV, AIFF), then edit or remix, then lastly export to 320 MP3s for your DJing library to be conscious of space.  If storage space is not an issue, you can export to lossless or use lossless formats in your DJ Library.

Editing and remixing on MP3 then exporting to MP3 degrades the dynamics and quality, as it compresses your audio file twice.

If your 320 MP3s derive from a quality source, I would recommend avoiding the addition of track processing.

If you have MP3s that are low quality, hunt for a better quality file and replace it. It may be helpful to remaster or process older tracks, but I encourage folks to avoid applying software programs that blankly process their entire music libraries.