Digital black

 In digital audio, a term which means complete silence. Digital black is calculated by taking the sample word length (e.g., 16, 20, or 24 bits) and multiplying this bit depth by 6dB, a number which represents the dynamic range represented by one bit. In a 16-bit system, for example, full code represents 96dB, the maximum amplitude that the system is capable of encoding without clipping. Digital black is at the opposite end of that dynamic range, or 96dB down from full code amplitude.

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