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Re: sound cards and sampling rates
If so, does anyone know how standard Apple sound cards deal with
non-standard sampling rates, or more generally, how to find out? Or
are there better sound cards that I should look into? Thanks!
I'm pretty sure they interpolate, to whatever frequency is set for the
input microphone sampling rate. I *think* the interpolation was done with
a small-order polyphase implementation for rational sample rate changes,
and then defaulted to linear interpolation. The nice thing was that you
didn't have to worry about it, it just did the right thing.
I haven't been at Apple for quite a few years, but that was my
understanding when I was there (and part of the sound community).
If you care, you should use Matlab to do the sample rate conversion. Then
you know exactly what you have (and you probably want to play a chirp up to
20kHz to somebody young enough to still hear that high to make sure the
sampling rate really is 44k and not 22k. :-)
I believe the Apple sound hardware is above average in quality, that being
one of Apple's prime markets, but they did expect people to use the digital
output cards for the money-is-no-obstacle recording studios. They were
using the Crystal 1-bit converters long before it was an important