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Old 08-29-2018, 10:00 AM
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Default Re: 44.1 vs 48 khz... looking for a simple answer

Originally Posted by zedhed View Post
From Cliff @ Fractal Audio:
Some maintain that the sample rate was lowered so that Beethoven's 9th would fit on a single CD. Others claim that it was because that rate was compatible with video equipment. IMO 44.1 kHz is insufficient for professional audio.
Both are true, however the discs became 12cm instead of the original 10cm to fit Beethoven's 9th. The head of Sony was good friends with a conductor at the time, or so the story goes.

44.1 is divisible by the number of lines and frame-rate of the U-matic recorders which were modified for digital audio.
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