I have been interested in audio and improving its quality for a while now and after researching for a while I found out how difficult it can get when you find the answer to a question and then find a contradictory statement to that and it just adds up to more questions.(my main source for testing atm is YouTube, I randomly picked a NCS song and tried working with it) I am fairly new so these questions may seem easy but I am finding it very difficult to understand
Is it true that you should download original audio from a source because converting it to other formats hurts quality? the downloader I use ripped the audio to a .webm format at 128kbps
If I convert this file to a wav (lossless) or mp3 (lossy) or any other format will the overall quality go down even if I increase the bitrate to 512 incase of wav and 320 in case of mp3?
does increasing projection rate have any effect on the audio itself usually i see its 44.1K or 48K, will going beyond that help of will it just diminish the existing quality after editing in case of the mp3. but incase of wav will it help because by my understanding wav is lossless so it wont effect the existing quality but will it improve ?
I also saw 16 24 and 32 bit in wav and flac what do these represent and which one would be better
what would you suggest would be the best way to extract audio without losses or at least minimizing them from such sites and once done is editing the projection rate or bitrate (I use audacity) preferred or should i just search for a file which has a better bitrate to begin with
which audio format in-between flac and mp3 would be better considering that I want to save space, keep the files compatible with most systems and not going down on quality a lot. I was thinking Flac or m4a but advice would be appreciated