Good Dither GHZ-0012

World-class dither, simple controls.

Good Dither

Read the Manual Download Now Buy Now $19 USD
Available Formats
 Mac OS X ≥ 10.7
Audio Unit 64-Bit (AU64)
AAX 64-Bit
Why Mac Only?

What is Good Dither?

A very good dither that’s very easy to work with. Set it on “Optimal,” and it will optimize the dither and noise shaping for any combination of bit depth and sample rate.

Features

  • Smooth, perceptually optimized noise shaping
  • Designed for all sample rates
  • Auto blanking when input is silent
  • Simple controls

When should I use dither?

Every time you reduce the audio bit depth you should dither to prevent distortion and quantization error. 24 bit → 16 bit, 32 bit → 24 bit — any time you reduce the word length.

My DAW / audio app already has a built-in dither — why do I need this?

To be honest, there are a lot of very bad dither algorithms in use: ones with nasty, overly aggressive noise shaping curves that can do more harm than good.1

Good Dither’s noise shaping increases resolution while staying smooth & natural-sounding and avoiding extreme high-frequency peaks.

Break that graph down for me a little.

Dither adds noise to audio signals in order to prevent distortion that otherwise would occur. The noise shaping of the dither affects the frequency spectrum of that noise. Generally, the goal of a noise shaping algorithm is to move noise energy away from areas that the human ear is very sensitive to and to push it to places that we’re not as sensitive (very high or very low frequencies). The tradeoff is that aggressive noise shaping adds higher peaks in the dither signal, so the best dithers strike a good balance between noise reduction and avoiding excessive peaks.

The following chart shows the perceived noise reduction2 (more reduction = better) and the highest peaks relative to flat dither (lower = better).

Dither AlgorithmNoise ReductionHighest Peak
Goodhertz “High”8 dB24 dB
POW-R #37 dB27 dB
FabFilter Pro-L “Weighted”7 dB27 dB
Goodhertz “Optimal”6 dB16 dB
FabFilter Pro-L “Optimized”6 dB19 dB
iZotope “High”6 dB21 dB
Apogee UV22HR5 dB27 dB
POW-R #25 dB13 dB
Goodhertz “Low”4.5 dB10 dB
iZotope “Medium”4 dB12 dB
iZotope “Moderate”3 dB9 dB
POW-R #14.5 dB26 dB
Flat TPDF Dither0 dB0 dB

If this dither is so good, why isn’t it more expensive?

  1. 1 We feel that you shouldn’t need to spend hundreds on a utility tool essential for anyone who works with digital audio.
  2. 2 We want to reward Goodhertz customers with inexpensive utility plugins. Good Dither is the first plugin in our “Good” series, and we’ll be adding lots more in the future.

Is this the same Goodhertz Dither that Audiofile features in Triumph?

Correct! This dither algorithm was originally developed for use in Audiofile’s Triumph app, so the differences between the Goodhertz Dither in Triumph 2.5+ and Good Dither are minimal.

Is Good Dither available for licensing?

It is! If you’d like to license Good Dither for your app, contact us.

Footnotes
1 Drastic noise shaping can cause additional distortion, create MP3 encoding issues, or even become audible or damage tweeters in certain situations.
2 The perceived noise reduction was obtained at threshold levels using multiple trained subjects listening in headphone (Sennheiser HD 600 and HD 280) and loudspeaker (ATC SCM50ASL and K&H O300) environments.