Some technical advice wanted

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  1. gurujon

    gurujon Ultrasonic

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    I know there is a lot of clever people in this forum and I´m sure some of you can give me and my collab friend some advice.

    I´m making some music with a friend in another country. We are on different DAWs and the music is all programmed. We set up Skype connected to our DAW thru a virtual audio cable and it is working pretty good. However, Skype is limited to 44 kHz it seems and we have some problems with higher rates.

    Also, maybe you have better ideas on how to collaborate over internet? Do you know some great tools for working with higher resolution audio?

    The freeware Voicemeeter is quite good and Skype seems to be what is causing most problems. File sharing thru a synced cloud folder is also good.

    Any tips and tricks for better workflow and improved quality is appreciated.
    Thanks.
     
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  3. TwinBorther

    TwinBorther Kapellmeister

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    Is there a particular reason you want more than 44khz?
     
  4. Pinkman

    Pinkman Audiosexual

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    Try Source-Connect. Source-Connect Now is in Beta and FREE
    The audio engine allows for 192kHz but the codec will down-sample to 44-48kHz.
    It uses the Google Chrome browser as it's platform hence the codec limitations.
    It's capable of Mono, Dual Mono and Stereo audio streams.
    *I believe the paid version offers remote transport syncing.

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  5. Kwissbeats

    Kwissbeats Rock Star

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    is the sample-rate really the issue? I would imagine hat Skype compresses it to a easy stream-able format
    44.1 should not be a limit at all since a lot of music produced at that sample rate
     
  6. recycle

    recycle Producer

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    From what I know, skype uses a codec called SILK
    SILK is an audio compression with sampling frequency of 8, 12, 16 or 24 kHz and a bit rate from 6 to 40 kbit/s.
    I’m afraid there is no way to send and receive hi quality audio signal with Skype

    info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SILK
     
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  7. gurujon

    gurujon Ultrasonic

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    Thanks Pinkman, I will def have a look at that.

    I use 48 kHz in my DAW because less is not good enough imo. 24/48 is ok.
    So working in 48 then to 44 thru Skype messes up the audio pitch, even when going back to 48 in the other end.
    Not sure why it is so...

    Critical listening in Skype is not easy.
     
  8. subGENRE

    subGENRE Audiosexual

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    Have you tried setting the sampling rate to 48/24 in your windows audio playback properties dialog for your device? This usually works for me to stop the changing of sample rates when I click in and out of my DAW to listen to other stuff when Im working.
     
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