Zoom PodTrak P4 48 kHz—mission possible? 3 workarounds until Zoom updates it 11
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Anthony Burokas

Please tell me what program you are delivering to:
Over the Air stations, Amazon Video Direct, or DCI for digital theatre
where you are literally handing them the 44.1k output of the PodTrak P4?
What? None?

What is this perfect situation where you have audio-only delivery, direct from the P4, with no editing, no intermediate processing, or no accompanying video synced in a video editing app, where the 44.1 kHz audio output is THE reason your program will be rejected from the listed video broadcast and distribution entities?
Again, none?

I ask, because I have worked with 44.1, which- if edited directly in a non-linear timeline, I suspect will sound better than analogue out, and then back into a second recorder that records that audio back into 48k.
If direct 44.1 is not better, then it will be indistinguishable.

And it’s a helluva lot easier to have an edit program like Resolve’s Fairlight use its internal floating point processing handle the transcode as the audio is processed, mapped, panned, stretched, squeezed and ends up nothing like it started.

Sure, yes 48k would be nice. So would Tascam’s new 32-bit floating Portacapture. But this device sits in a budget podcaster space (Hence the name PodTrak) and to spend an entire article talking about how to get a pair of pliers to work like a professional wire stripper is much ado about nothing. Want a wire stripper, buy one.
Doing a casual podcast or livestream? Then enjoy the high quality and production convenience of the Podtrack delivers week in and out.

Memo sauceda

I love reading Allan’s articles because apart form learning about the item he is reviewing I also learn so much more. I’m a Voice Over talent, not an engineer, so my knowledge about technical stuff is very limited. But the way Allan explains complicated concepts in layman terms has really helped me understand how things work and how to find solutions to work around a problem. I started producing videos 10 years ago, and most of the items I have bought for my production company are products Allan has reviewd and recommended, saving me a lot of time in research. For my VO projects I always record 24-48kHz, which is the standard in the industry. Some clients want the final file output compressed to an MP3, but I would never set up my session to a lower quality. I was taught early on on my carrer to always record at the highest possible rate as my master, and then export to whatever the client requests. This has saved me several times when the client wants to use the audio for a TV commercial and asks me for a WAV file in 24-48. To be able to use the Zoom PodTrak P4 to record at 48 kHz is a very welcome work around that comes at precisely the right time. Thanks once more Allan!

Muchas gracias Allan por tus reseñas, siempre es un placer poder leerte, como ingeniero de audio muchas veces se me hace complicado poder explicar a mis clientes por qué prefiero grabar en 24-48kHz y tú lo explicas de una manera sencilla. Siempre te uso como referencia ya sea para comprar nuevos equipos o para explorar nuevas herramientas. Para mi que que un grabador portátil me pueda brindar un muestreo de mayor calidad me ayuda muchísimo, sobre todo ahora que ya las plataformas de streaming están comenzando a brindar la posibilidad de escuchar en mejor calidad,

Como siempre Allan mi calificación para ti es A+

John Drake

Izotope RX9 ‘Sample Rate Conversion’ – 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz:


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