Sound encoding

Refers to the transformation of sound signals into a defined data structure. Sound can be encoded into different formats for a variety of purposes. These include the use of MIDI, stereo or surround sound for playback, or compressing the file to enable ease of sharing or transmission, e.g. via the Internet.

One type of encoding is variable bitrate encoding (VBR), which allows more complex parts of a sound file to remain at a higher bitrate, while less complex parts can be compressed to a lower bitrate. Using this method means that less space is needed to store VBR encoded files than constant bitrate (CBR) encoded files, while maintaining sound quality.

Encoding also takes place when an analogue sound is converted to a digital format.

Related methods include: Audio mixing, General website development, Resource sharing, Sound compression and Sound encoding – MIDI.

tool: Pro Tools

Pro Tools is an audio creation and production software. With Pro Tools it is possible to compose, record, edit, and mix music or sound for picture — all within one system.
Methods relating to this toolCategory
Audio mixingPractice-led research
Music recognitionData capture
Sound analysisData analysis
Sound compressionData structuring and enhancement
Sound editingData structuring and enhancement
Sound editingPractice-led research
Sound encodingData structuring and enhancement
Sound encoding - MIDIData structuring and enhancement
Sound generationData capture
Sound generationPractice-led research
Sound recordingData capture
Sound recordingPractice-led research
Lifecycle stage:
Alternate tool(s):

Cubase, Reaper, Nuendo

Syndicate content