Changing Audacity’s Sampling Rate To 48,000 Hz

Hey there!

Got this note from a client today:


I’m working with a producer on an audiobook (outside of ACX) and he wants me to send him the raw audio in what he calls 48000. What does that mean and how do I do that?


It’s actually pretty easy, but it’s not advisable. Either way, here’s the answer.

Hope this helps!


Subscribe to these videos

All Episodes

One Step At A Time

Five Ways To Have An Excellent Coffee Date With Me

Five Ways To Have A Crappy Coffee Date With Me

Taking Advantage Of The Wisdom Of The Tribe

How To Be A World Class Complainer

The False Nobility Of The Struggle

Watch Out – The Rules Are Going To Change

“Show Me The Secret, Daddy!”

Coaching vs Consulting vs Facilitating

The Perils of Live Performance And Why Jeremy Kappell Should Not Have Been Fired

Let’s Welcome To The Stage…Failure!

Don’t Confuse Price With Value

Whiteboards In The Hallways

Go Wake Up Your Luck

Playing and Planning

The Two Things Most Talent Try to Accomplish Way Too Soon

10,000 Hours To Become Good At Something? Not Really.

The Curse of Knowledge

The Trick Charlie Munger Uses To Make Better Decisions

Everyone’s A Customer, Not Just Your Customers

“What do you mean, you’re a ‘process guy’?”

Pay Attention To Your Storytelling, Not Removing Your Breaths

How To Conquer FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

The Problem In Every Commercial Script

The Job In Every Commercial Script

The Secret In Every Commercial Script

How To Pick Your Stage Name

Voice Over Is REALLY Hard. Until It Isn’t.

Helping Make Resolutions Stick

ACX Jobs: They’re ALL SAG-AFTRA-Friendly

Non-Union? You Can Still Open An AFTRA H&R Account. What?

Who Says You Need To “Feel Like It?”

Are You Engaged?

Your Day Job Might Just Be Worth Keeping For A Bit Longer

Want To Learn Something Really Well? Teach It To Others

Don’t Confuse What Works With What You Like

The Lost Keys And The Microphone In My Elevator

My Insane Backup System Plus Two Helpful Tips

What Open Loops Are And Why They Work So Well

Two More Things For Which You Can Use Open Loops

Three Things Not To Say Or Do…When Trying To Learn Something New

Front Burner and Back Burner Project Management

How To Properly List The Accents and Dialects You Perform

My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 1)

My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 2)

A Simple, One-Word Decision-Making Question To Ask Yourself

Ready, Shoot…Aim

How You Can Use The MVP Model As A Performer

How Lazy Can You Be?

Avoid The Struggle Porn

The Robocall Equivalent Of Unsubscribe

Saying Goodbye To A “Failure”

Making Your Links Irresistible

HTTPS Is Not Just For Banks – It’s For You

The Threat That Made Me Create a New Page For LAME

The Resource You Must Guard Most Carefully

How New Media Is Using The Oldest Ad Model Ever

“You Could Be Hit By A Bus!”

Killing Customers With Kindness

I Found Out What She Was Podcasting About

How I Answered’s Inquiry

Turning Mountains Into Molehills

Motivation: Your Three Big Needs In A Cool Little Package

Go Ahead. Multitask. But Try It Like This.

The Prodigy Game Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment

I Don’t Want To Go Blind

What Fair Markets Are, And Why Isn’t One

Trevor’s Three A’s From Apple On Killing Customers With Kindness

Getting Ready vs. Getting Started

You’ll Never Believe Who Got Rejected By Harvard

There Is No Failure, Only Feedback

Who Is Your Most Dangerous Adversary?

73 Videos In, My First Hater Appears

If You’re The Smartest Person In The Room, Do This ASAP

Your Glasses And Crucial Laptop Positioning Info

One More Insanely Over-engineered Piece Of Gear: My UPS

The Crazy Backward Way IKEA Prices Their Stuff Complained To YouTube That I Violated Their Privacy

The Gig Economy: RIP?

For Your Health: Not Perfect. Just Better.

Celebrate Your Isolation!

Mr. Wonderful Is Actually More Wonderful Than I Thought

Let’s Finally Close The Digital Literacy Gender Gap

The Guaranteed Way To Completely Avoid Criticism

The Two Things People Judge About You Within Seconds

Prioritizing…Nashville Style

Are You Committed? Or Just…Interested?

Audible Retail Samples: Why They Suck And Why It Doesn’t Really Matter

How To Voice Copy That’s Set In Italics

Dyslexia, And The Palindromic Poem. The Wha?

Increase Your Chances Of Being Seen And Heard On Facebook

Jamie Has Some Thoughts About Fiverr

Is Simply Discouraging Distracted Driving Enough?

“Young People Are Just Smarter.”

The Real Purpose Of The “Can You Hear Me?” Phone Scam

Beware Of Overkill

Laying Down The Perfect Slate

An AMA Preview: The Word “Ethnic” – A Slur, Or An Essential Adjective?

10 Rules of Profitable Self Discipline from Napoleon Hill

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 1)

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 2)

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 3)

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 4)

AMA Answers Part 5 Plus A Medical Warning

Last AMA Answers (#6): Gear, Services and Success

A 7-Word Reminder: “Don’t correct people when it matters little.”

Do You Have A Plan? And Is It The Right One?

What’s Your Next Big Move? Are You Ready?

Build Your Future On Your Own Platform, Not Someone Else’s

I’m Leaving Facebook: Why Groups and FB Live No Longer Spark Joy

Time To Accept That I’ve Failed At Something – Happily

Crowdfunding Without The Internet: Pulitzer And The Statue Of Liberty

The Amazing Power Of Recognition And Badging

Might We Have A Possible Cause For Alzheimer’s?

Why Podcasting And Radio Are Out Of Whack

Value Enthusiasm, But Value Persistence More

Ten Ways To Make Money With Podcasts Besides Ads

One Quick Question To Find Out How Important Something Actually Is

The Workflow For Producing These Videos (So Far) Part 1

Why Not Wade? And…Why Not You?

Audiobook Narrators: How Paymasters Work, And The One I Recommend

Why Gen Z And Millennials’ Love For Audiobooks Is Crucial

American Idol: It’s All About Story, Not Just Singing

Less Beating Yourself Up, More Talking Yourself Up

Resist Oversharing. Instead, Start A Dialogue.

Vocal Care: It’s All About What Works For You

3 Biases You Should Be Aware Of

3 More Biases You Should Also Be Aware Of

Wow. People Really Grokked Biases. Let’s Tackle Fallacies.

Three More Fallacies You Need To Watch For

What’s Your Imprint?

Fallacy Follies, Volume 3

Two Last Big Creativity-Crippling Fallacies

Fail Sooner To Succeed Sooner

A New Lead Source For Performers: Voice Assistants And Smart Speakers

A Great Way To Handle Trolls and Haters

Quantity Does Not Usually Equal Quality

Is Facebook Truly A Monopoly? No More Than Microsoft Was.

Fear Of The Unknown, Or The Day Before My Surgery

A Strange Aspect To Performing That Should Be Cause For Protest, But Isn’t

Want To Grow? Don’t Go It Alone.

How Am I Doing? I’m Gobsmacked. That’s How Am I Doing.

Why I Give My Agents 10% Of Everything

Not Just Explainer Videos, But Video That Explain Things Spectacularly

Mental Floss To The Rescue: Skills You Can Pick Up On YouTube

What’s Better Than Willpower? Grit.

Regarding Apple’s App Store: Be Careful What You Wish For, Pepper

Of COURSE You Wonder What Porter’s Five Forces Are. Who Doesn’t?

Don’t Waste Your Time: Talk Shows Aren’t Meant To Be Fair

Sooner Or Later, I’m Really Going To Tick You Off

Just Because You Can Do Something Doesn’t Mean You Should

Wait, What? Audacity Records In The Background?!

Enjoy Your First Booking. Pay Close Attention To The Next Three.

Pattern Interruption And The Musicality Of Voice Over

Do You Still Have A Landline? Is It POTS? Wait, What’s POTS?

Increase Your VO Accuracy, And You’ll Increase Your VO Profits

Age Range Isn’t Really A Valid Metric For VO

What Is The Overton Window?

How To Stop Jealousy From Killing Your Progress

Even The Bible (And Game Of Thrones) Has One-Star Reviews

How Much Is Enough To Make Per Hour?

With Royalty Share Plus, ACX Makes Hybrid Stipends Official

Wait, Vices Can Be Good For Your Health?

What A Lovely Thing To Discover: Praise From CourVO

I Figured Out What I Provide: The Onboarding Performers Don’t Get

You Don’t Need Permission To Care Or Contribute

It’s Not Just You. It’s The Superstars, Too.

Do You Sometimes Think Irrationally? Maybe. Here’s How To Stop It.

The Struggle Of Announcer-y Versus Non-Announcer-y Voice Over

How My VAs Support Me And My Team

What Exactly Is “The Cloud?”

The Often “Most Difficult” Concept I Teach

Please Unsubscribe From This List. But Don’t Do This One Destructive, Lazy Thing.

Don’t Mistake The Joy Of Knowing For The Joy Of Doing

Why Giving Yourself Some Simple Homework Can Be Life-Changing

One Weird Trick I Do That Makes My Note-Taking Superhuman

The Worst Thing About The Biggest Money-Making Entertainment Category

What Can We Grab From A Schedule This Strict?

Get Better At Executing Today’s Plan By Starting Last Night

How To Create Useful, Organized Audition File Names

Where To Find Related PDFs For Audiobooks on Audible

I’m Halfway Finished. What Have You Valued Most? What Can I Do Better?

Our Digital Attention Span Is Incredibly Brief

“Serves You Right!” She Actually Has No Idea How Right.

Create A Safe Environment For Self-Improvement

Why I Use One Single Channel For Crucial Communication

The Even Cheaper AT-2020 USB Plus Microphone?

Fred Willard (and Billy West) On Quickly Creating Authentic VO Characters

Leo Makes Your Searching Spectacular

On Asking For Things Performers Can’t Do

How To Battle The Urge of “Efficiency”

One More Best-Of-Breed Way To Brilliantly Complain

Changing Audacity’s Sampling Rate To 48,000 Hz

10 Words Of Encouragement When You’re Stuck

Seek/Give Mentorship That’s Appropriate To The Journey

Two Cases Where You Might Not Want To Simply “Follow Your Passion”

Having Fun With Headphone Volume

Please Stop Rushing To Perform

Something To Consider: Everyone’s Internal Menu

One Crazy Key To Creativity: Pure, Unadulterated Boredom

For The Sheer Joy Of It

The Most Commonly Consumed Media Is…!

What’s Dangerous For Us To Care About

Please, Clever Copywriters…Stop Using This Term

Wait, Wait…What? They Actually Listened?!

Why You Should Take The Same Classes Twice

How Your Character’s Menu Informs Your Performance Choices

What Shouldn’t Be Your Metric For VO Success

Someone Awesome Who’s Also Rising To A 365-Day Challenge

Union Or Not, Start With Union Rates

O. M. G. Look What Matt Zurbo Did!

So Where Will That Huge Facebook Fine End Up?

The Root Words of “Typecast”

Avoid That One Obvious “That Worked” Sound We Make

Why Union Members Can Audition For Non-Union Work

200 Auditions. 1 Booking. A Ghost. Really?

I Can’t Do One Thing I’m Asked To Do Every Single Day

One Of Your Secret Weapons: Agility

Do Networking Events Make You Anxious? Let’s Fix That.

Project X Is Just About Ready. I’m A Bit Giddy.

The Difference Between Mansplaining and Advice?

Too Late, Melissa. You Already Are.

Help Me Solve A Lovely Mystery!

Speeding Up The Playback On The Audible App

Why Those Other Casting Sites Usually Aren’t Worth It

Raw YouTube Captioning

hey there it’s David H Lawrence the 17th
I heard from a student the other day who
got an email from a client she was doing
an audiobook for and the client was like
I’d like to increase the quality of my
book so could you please do your
recording at 48,000 sample rate 48,000
Hertz I’ve heard that’s better you know
this is a is a wonderful opportunity to
say this is why you hold the hand of
your clients when you’re doing
audiobooks so they don’t make mistakes
like this 48,000 Hertz as a sampling
rate is used for video and for films but
not for audiobooks audiobooks are always
sampled at 44100 Hertz or samples and
what this means basically is how many
samples per second how many discrete
pieces of data per second sound is
broken up into and described in that
data so for example one second of sound
at 44100 is cut up into forty-four
thousand one hundred individual slices
and each one of those slices is assigned
a value and then when it’s played back
all of those things all the slices that
were recorded are stuck together and
played back and that’s why you get
really great sound forty eight thousand
is more samples but it causes some
issues with other pieces of software
that work on your sound especially in
mp3 so we want to stick with 44100 so
having said that i’m happy to talk to
you about using audacity and changing
the sample rate what you’re seeing on
the screen is just a real quick track
that I recorded and if you’ll notice in
the lower left hand corner of the
recording window it says the project
rate is 44100 now I can drop that menu
down that is the sample rate for this
particular track and I can change it to
48,000 for the future but it’s not going
to change this tracks this track sample
rate that’s still gonna be 44100 so I’m
gonna put that back so I don’t forget um
if I wanted to change this tracks
sample rate and cut it up into more
slices I would then go up to the tracks
menu and choose the resample option and
then this too has a drop-down menu and I
changed that to 48,000 and then what
happens is it just basically goes in and
resamples everything so but the project
rate you’ll note is still 44100 just
this track has been resampled that’s one
way now if overall you decide you’re
gonna be doing nothing with video work
and you want to go ahead and change the
sample rate for all of your projects not
just the new tracks that are that are
coming then you want to set it overall
in audacity’s preferences and in
preferences there’s a pane called
quality and right here you see the same
drop down menu so you can choose 48,000
you can choose whatever you want it goes
very high 96,000 is for high def sound
but we want to keep things at 44100
that’s really what we want to do because
that’s what everybody uses that’s what
everybody should be using and that’s
what you want to push back a little bit
on your client and say yeah I know it
sounds like it’s really good but for
audiobooks you want to keep it at 44100
that’s how the industry works and really
be firm about that because you can screw
up your production process if you decide
to start changing sampling rates in the
middle of things or even at the
beginning of things because audible for
example expects things to be sampled at
44100 and by the way that’s CD quality
right if you play any CD any CD you’ve
gotten it is sampled those little silver
discs you remember those they’re sampled
at 44100 which means a three and a half
minute song would have about 9.2 million
pieces of data that were recorded
digitally and then are reconstituted to
play that three and a half minutes worth
of music so it’s very high quality audio
files would poopoo that but you know
audio books aren’t audiophile quality
audio anyway so there you go that’s how
to change it but don’t change it so any
comments on that was that confusing to
you did you understand that did I
efficiently scare you away from doing it
unless you’re doing video or film I hope
but that’s how to change it because
somebody asked the question if you’d
like to join my list and get different
you know little things that help you
with your career like this tech tips or
productivity tips or all of the other
things that we do pop over to vo – gugu
comm if you’re there already look for a
subscribe button somewhere below this
video and if you want to get notified
when the latest video comes out or want
to see the latest video that is out now
go ahead and click on that frame and
YouTube will play it for you I’m David H
Lawrence xvii I so appreciate you
watching and I will talk to you tomorrow.

13 Responses to Changing Audacity’s Sampling Rate To 48,000 Hz

  1. Suzan Lorraine July 13, 2019 at 7:30 am #

    I’ve been doing some books for Learning Ally and they prefer 22050 and unmastered .mp3 files for submission which they then master. What does that sampling level do?

    • David Wandelt July 13, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

      44,100 is for stereo (two tracks at 22,050 each). If you’re sending just one mono track, the sound quality of 22,050 should be identical. Perhaps DHLXVII has a different take on it.

  2. ed waldorph July 13, 2019 at 7:34 am #

    My only comment is that Sample Rate, set during recording, is most important when saving files—primarily for compatibility with player software and devices. It also factors in if you work with Digital Video Workstation programs.

    Without going into excruciating and boring detail, after looking into it, I have decided to record at 48 KHz Sample Rate and then down-sample to 44.1 KHz when saving for audio projects. This keeps the higher Sample Rate uncompressed files for later pickups or processing or use in DV.

    I was heartened when this was validated recently by Tim Tippets.

  3. Deborah Geffner July 13, 2019 at 11:23 am #

    Crystal clear as usual. Thanks.

  4. David Wandelt July 13, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

    This is great. Gives me another question to add to my job intake questionnaire. Thanks!

    • David H. Lawrence XVII July 13, 2019 at 1:21 pm #

      Because we’re recording mono to begin with, the interleaving of two sets of 22,050 samples per second is not the same as one set of 44,100 samples. I’d leave it right where it is at 44,100 so as not to cause any issues down the line with mathematical analysis of the sound by testing engineers.

  5. Brian Arens July 13, 2019 at 8:31 pm #

    Hi David,

    I realize that maybe you didn’t want to go into a lot of technical detail in your answer, but having watched the video, I don’t feel like I got anything that I would be able to potentially say to a client when pushing back and suggesting they stick with 44.1 kHz other than “that’s the way things work.” I heard you say at some point (I think?) that putting it at 48 kHz can cause problems down the line, but I’ve never heard that before, and without knowing more I wouldn’t feel comfortable saying it to a client because of the obvious egg-on-my-face follow-up:

    me: putting it at 48 kHz can cause problems
    client: what kind of problems?
    me: [crickets]

    Are you able to provide more detail in a way doesn’t make those of us who aren’t super tech-savvy go cross-eyed?


  6. Chris Buckner July 14, 2019 at 5:57 pm #

    Interesting. I didn’t know that’s what CDs are sampled at, or what 48000 was used for. Thanks for the info David.

  7. RH September 19, 2020 at 9:02 am #

    David, thank you for sharing your calm, cool voice and knowledge. I am spanking new to this software and recording and I am NOT a tech chick, so without help, there’d be no hope for me and this software – of that I am sure. I saw one of your vids the other day and got a bunch out of it all, but then something changed and I know not why, and I can’t find the vid (ie. hot mess)

    2 things:
    1) I don’t remember what you were changing but I really thought it was part of this vid, but could not find the direction here. But it was in reference to things you do before you get started, and all I know is there was a drop down with a small number in it, like 15, and you said change it to 100. You have any idea what that was and where to find that again? (I have since using that info, uninstalled audacity, the reinstalled, so I just need a reminder)

    2) I have NO earthly how this changed. My recording was perfect. But after that first day recording, then opening back up to continue, the recording that happens now is jittery, drops, jags. IE does not work. I tried a new track and mic is still weird. Do you have ANY idea what I may have done?

    Thanks for anything at all! Lol. Cheers.

    • David H. Lawrence XVII September 19, 2020 at 10:48 am #

      I’m afraid I don’t know what drop-down menu you’re referring to with the 15/100 items, and regarding the second item, I will check to see what other things are running on your computer. It really is best to not have anything else running while you’re recording, especially a browser.

      • RH September 19, 2020 at 12:25 pm #

        Ahhh. Hmmmm. Browser has been open with multiple tabs (par), but this was open during first recording also. Hmmmm, but I will check recording it w/browser closed. (Sorry I missed your immediate? response and offer to actually check out remotely what my isue was???? Wow. That’s above and beyond the call of duty for sure!!!

      • RH September 19, 2020 at 12:32 pm #

        I found the drop down menu(from an alternate route, by accident) so never mind, and thanks.

        I can tell you what the recording problem sounds like: like a plane accelerating down the runway.. . . . ;like a weeeeee. . . click click. . . . weeeee. . . etc. The recording marker line moves pretty fast also, so it looks like the audio is slow in comparison, visually. Also audio seems scratchy now, when before it was crystal. I’ve been working on this for 12hrs now.

  8. RH September 19, 2020 at 12:45 pm #

    I found the drop down menu(from an alternate route, by accident) so never mind, and thanks.

    I can tell you what the recording problem sounds like: like a plane accelerating down the runway.. . . . ;like a weeeeee. . . click click. . . . weeeee. . . etc. The recording marker line moves pretty fast also, so it looks like the audio is slow in comparison, visually. Also audio seems scratchy now, when before it was crystal. There was a slight reverb/echo type sound that’s new. I’ve been working on this for 12hrs now. I have noticed Audacity is kinda crashing also. Maybe it’s just AU overload and so it’s acting “crazy”. Anywho, thanks a bunch.

Leave a Reply