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  1. I've encountered a problem with setting and maintaining my default Audio Driver Bit Depth in both the Preferences page and with new and old Cakewalk projects. A few days ago, I called up an old cwp file and noticed the bit depth had been changed by the program from 24 to 16. I clicked on Preferences>Audio page and discovered that the field for Audio Drive Bit Depth was grayed out with 24 in the field, but I could not change the bit depth to any other value. I then checked several old projects and found that the bit depth had been changed to 16 in all of them. I tried launching a new project and in the New Project File dialog box the bit depth was also set to 16; however, in the dialog box I was able to set it back to 24. The interesting thing is that once I set the bit depth to 24 in the New Project File box, the bit depth was changed back to 24 bits in all of my older projects! My default sample rate set in Preferences is 48 KHz. and the program has not altered this. The only time I use 16 bits and 44.1 KHz is when I'm preparing a file for burning to CD. My questions are: what has caused Cakewalk to change my default bit depth to 16, which I rarely use? How do I get the Audio Drive Bit Depth Field to not be grayed out and allow me to change the bit depth to something other than 24 if I need to? Am I correct in understanding that if the bit depth of a project is set to say 24 and the sample rate set to 48000 that these parameters will be saved with the project and not be altered by changes made in either Preferences or the New Project File dialog box? I am working with CbB v. 2021.11, build 18 on Creation Station PC 450 v6, i7-8700 @ 3.2GHz, 64 bit, running Win. 10 21H1.
  2. Hi, I'm completely new to this community and forum, so thanks in advanced for taking the time to read this. I've hit a wall with my Cakewalk progress and I cannot seem to find a solid or straightforward answer to an issue I have, even after hours of looking. Basically, I am at a stage where I am ready to export my project as a WAV file. Within the Export Audio screen, I have set the Sample Rate at 48k, as this is what the project was set to within preferences (48k was chosen due to track eventually being used with a video). However, when it comes to choosing the Bit Depth within the Export Audio screen, I’m completely stuck. I initially thought there was only one place you set the bit depth for a project and it was within "driver settings" within preferences (much like the sampling rate I have just mentioned). However, I discovered yesterday that there are 3 different instances where bit depth can be set within a project which are as follows: Audio Driver Bit depth within driver settings (this is fixed at 24 bit for me due to the ASIO I assume) Record Bit Depth within preferences > Audio Data (this is set to 16 bit which is a shame because everything already recorded is now at 16 bit and not 24, but at least I will know for next time) Render Bit Depth within preferences > Audio Data (this is set to 32 bit). So my question is: which one of these do I go off to know if I need to apply dithering or not when exporting the track? How do I know if I am exporting the project / track at a lower bit rate to what it is set to? So should I export at 16 bit (as that’s what the tracks are recorded at)? Or should I export at 24 bit (as that is what the audio driver is set to). Or, should I export to 24 bit and apply dithering because the Render Bit depth is set at 32? Are elements of my project going to be at 32 bit due to this, meaning if I export to 24 bit without applying dithering, I could get unwanted artefacts or a bad sound? So I really don't know what to go off for this, or how to make a decision on what to do or select on the export process. I hope this all makes sense and I would be very grateful of and explanation of these different bit depths and which one I should be looking at and / or go off to resolve the problem just described. Thanks Again and Kind Regards.
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