Starting from version 2.0, ADB stopped supplying 16bit samples and replaced them with 24bit only. In this instace, 24bit is a waste of space, since all samples are normalized and their noise level is far above -90dBFS. So I made myself this 16bit version and hopefully not just for myself. 16bit samples were taken from previous LASS release, compressed, converted and resaved for use with 2.0 patches. That alone took 18 hours since Kontakt file management engine is not optimized for multicore processors…
This is 24 bit sample:
And this is 16 bit:
As you can see, no big difference. There’s faint residue of ATH noise shaping at the end of the spectrum, but that is above 18kHz, so not a problem. Also it’s just 10dB difference.
The advantages of 16bit in this case outweigh the extra 10dB at 20kHz:
– Lower RAM requirements
– Takes up less HDD space (9.5GB vs 15GB)
– More CPU efficient