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Word Clock and Timecode

You have probably noticed on your recorder that you have Word Clock and Timecode. Are they the same? No.

word clock and timecode

A Word Clock is actually used to keep your recorder at a constant bit rate to avoid data errors. Unlike Timecode which is Metadata about the recordings individually being sent in a separate section of the Wav (or other audio) file. Timecode that is Jam synced is good for a phase reference.

You can use a word clock to keep various recorders in a change in sync but this will not translate to the files themselves because for that you need timecode.

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