The rate at which PAM samples of an analog signal are encoded by a digital device. The higher the sampling rate during the encoding process, the greater the spectral bandwidth of signal it is able to record accurately. Typical sampling rates vary from 11kHz to 96kHz. The sampling rate for CDs is 44.1kHz. See sampling, Nyquist frequency. Sampling rates can be changed via a sampling rate converter, when the process is known as resampling.
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