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Digital audio playlist

01 Introduction - what is digital audio?

02 Binary and digital data

03 Data size, data capacity and data rate

04 The six physical forms of digital data

05 What is an analogue to digital audio converter?

06 Analogue to digital audio conversion - The 2 primary parameters

07 Analogue to digital audio conversion - Sample rate

08 Analogue to digital audio conversion - Nyquist theory

09 Analogue to digital audio conversion - Aliasing

10 Analogue to digital audio conversion - Word length and quantisation

11 Analogue to digital audio conversion - Common word lengths

12 Analogue to digital audio conversion - Setting record levels

13 Down sampling and dither

14 Uncompressed digital audio file formats

15 Compressed digital audio file formats

16 Digital audio interconnection signal types

17 Digital audio synchronisation

18 Connecting audio devices with Toslink leads

19 Connecting audio devices with AES3 or SPDIF coaxial leads

20 Latency

Digital audio 03
Data size, data capacity and data rate

Level of challenge Easy

 

 

Welcome to this video on data size, data capacity and data rate.

 

Data size, capacity and rate are all important terms and concepts in digital theory and essential for home and project studio owners to understand.

 

For example, it is often important for us to be able to calculate how much hard disc storage space a project may require when configuring a DAW's sample rate and word length.

 

It may also be important for us to know how we should configure the properties of an MP3 file to meet the data rate requirements of a given distribution platform.

 

 

Caption - Data size

Data size is expressed in Bytes, Kilobytes, Megabytes, Gigabytes and Terrabytes, and is used to express the size of digital files such as system components, applications, and data, including digital audio.

 

 

For example, average MP3 files have a data size of approximately 1 Megabyte for every stereo minute and an overall average data file size of 5 Megabytes. CD quality audio files have a data size of approximately 10 Megabytes per stereo minute, or 5 per mono minute, and an overall average data file size of 50 Megabytes.

 

 

Caption - Data capacity

The term "Data capacity" is used to express both the capacity of short term memory modules such as RAM, FlashRAM and ROM, and the capacity of long term storage devices such as hard drives and DVD-R discs.

 

For example, average hard disc capacity is measured in Terrabytes, and DVD-R discs can hold approximately 4.3 Gigabytes of data.

 

 

Caption - 8-bit byte unit of measurement

It is important to know that data size and data capacity are almost always expressed by operating systems in terms of 8-bit bytes. So for example, the data-size of a file containing seven 16-bit bytes would be expressed as 14 bytes. This ensures we will always know absolute size and capacity.

 

 

 

 

Caption - Data rate

The term "Data rate" is used to express 3 things ..

1. the average amount of data per second that a digital video or audio media file contains
2. the maximum speed of a connection technology such as USB, ethernet or an internet connection, and is also known as Bandwidth.
and ..

3. the speed with which data can be transferred from a storage device to RAM, also referred to as "sustained data transfer rate"

Note that data rate is usually expressed in bits, thus 256 Kbps is the same as 256 Kilo bits per second, ie 8 times slower than KiloBytes per second.

 

 

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