I don't get it; some peeps like "12 bit samples...it's so crunchy!"
But why do some peeps use a 48 bit sampler?
What exactly is the diffy (only 4 bits!) between the "crunchy" 12 and the "digital wannabe" 16??
"digital wannabe"? uhh...it is digital. So is 12bit. Anywayz...
The differences between 12bits and 16bits is the difference between digital and analog recordings. And those differences (in samplers and the like) vary according to the sample rate utilized. The S900 series went up to 48khz I believe. The MPC60/II sampled at 40khz. The S330/550 sampled at 30khz and 15khz. The SP1200 at 27khz. All were 12bit, and all were different. Also, the convertors and internal engines help determine the sound of the sampler.
At 16bit, the sound quality improves subtlely with the sample rate, and is only noticeable on certain sounds. The gift of 24bit is a whole 'nother beast, though.
There is a certain "grunge" quality to 12bit. Even at lower rates, 16bit still sounds cleaner. And that is attributed to the above.
i think he mixes up bits and sampling rate
who the hell uses 48 bits???
Only four bits? That's 25%!!!