# Nyquist frequency

The Nyquist frequency highest frequency that can be reproduced accurately when a signal is digitally encoded at a given sample rate: the Nyquist frequency is half of the sampling rate. For example, when a digital recording uses a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz, the Nyquist frequency is 22.050 kHz. If a signal being sampled contains frequency components that are above the Nyquist limit, aliasing will be introduced in the digital representation of the signal unless those frequencies are filtered out prior to digital encoding.