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Any reason not to convert WAV to FLAC and save some disk space?

As I understand the technologies, WAV is a raw, uncompressed format and FLAC is a compressed but lossless format. My research has shown that FLAC files "still maintain all the audio fidelity"src of ...
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Is there a losslessly compressed audio file?

Anyone who works with audio either as a hobby or as a professional knows about MP3 and WAV, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Namely: MP3 (most commonly MPEG III) disadvantage: lossy ...
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FLAC compression level comparison/efficiency analysis

I want to rip/archive all my music collection to a lossless but compressed file format, i.e. the files should all be perfect, lossless representations of the original data but should consume less ...
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Why did the size of my flac file increase after cropping?

I have a sound recording roughly 40 minutes long at 24bit 96khz. I've found that after trimming off about 40 seconds total of leading and trailing silence (well, quiet background hiss to be precise) ...
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Are FLAC audio files automatically decompressed by music players?

Suppose I have a compressed version of a song in .flac format that I want to listen to using a music player. Since flac is a lossless audio format, I know that the original (uncompressed) song can be ...
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Why are levels so different on popular music tracks I open in my wav editor?

I'm trying to figure out how loud my songs should be. I'm trying to compare my stuff with popular music artists to see how loud their songs are, so I open their songs in my wave editor. When I open ...
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How does MP3 and FLAC's encoding work

I am working on a research project and struggling on finding information on some of the more technical details about the working how MP3 and FLAC works to encode and compress its data. Most ...
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FLAC mastering best practices

A musician friend, who is producing his own album, asked for advice about how best to master the FLAC edition of the album. It will be distributed as a physical CD, as MP3 files, and as FLAC files. ...
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Flac & Archiving

Just thinking about how to minimize the data footprint of all of my raw field/SFX recording. To be honest, I simply don't trust .rar archives. I've had too many get corrupted and mulch valuable work....
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Is there a standard way of naming user-defined metadata tags in .flac files?

Programs like metaflac let me add whatever tags I want: % metaflac --set-tag="XXX=YYY" test.flac % metaflac --show-tag="XXX" test.flac XXX=YYY I'd like to add metadata for ...
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Adobe Audition - disable XMP metadata files

I can't seem to find a way to disable the creation of XMP files when I edit a .flac file in Adobe Audition 13.0.9.41 (Mac Os). If I hit Save as... I can uncheck the option for metadata. If I just ...
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FLAC compression options unclear: --exhaustive-model-search, --qlp-coeff-precision-search

I have bought some music online, delivered in WAV format, presumably highest quality, supposing there was no transcoding happening, but anyway, straight to my question: My intention is to get at least ...
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How lossless is my lossless music?

I have ripped an audio CD using iTunes and saved it in Apple Lossless format. I used Spek to draw a specrtogram and here is the result: My first question is, why doesn't it go all the way up to 22 ...
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from Flac to wav

i have some flac files, some are from the same song but have a different size, usually the larger size corresponds to a lower compression, to determine which is the best file I then go to see 2 other ...
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How do I compress 32-bit float PCM a perfectly lossless way?

I've got some 32-bit float WAV files which contain music and some valuable inaudible signal (different in each of the 2 channels) mixed into it which is important to preserve. The nature of the signal ...
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FLAC --bps setting real meaning

I'm going to grab some audio from DVD in best possible quality. My software supports FLAC encoder and lets me to choose various bit per sample settings for it: 8, 16 or 24. And I got confused. FLAC ...
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How can I find the audible difference between a flac audio and it's corresponding mp3 file

I am looking for writing a program to achieve this. The video: https://tidalhifi.com/in/video/lossless-explained demonstrates what I am asking about. Thanks in advance.
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How can to find the play-time of a `.flac` file?

How can the play-time of a .flac file be determined? $ metaflac --list 01\ Mrs.\ Robinson.flac METADATA block #0 type: 0 (STREAMINFO) is last: false length: 34 minimum blocksize: 4096 samples ...
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Spotting a fake flac using spectrogram [closed]

I had this flac file purchase from source claiming to be ripped from cd. Can someone say based on this spectrogram that whether it a fake or not. because peak is enfing at 16hz and extended to 22 so ...
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Converting WAV to FLAC. Compression level 0 has higher bitrate than 8

So I just recently got into this lossless audio thing and mostly buy my music from beatport, bandcamp, qobuz etc. Most of these stores have the option to download as FLAC file but beatport only offers ...
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Playing FLAC in home theater system that doesn't support it? [closed]

I just bought a Sony DAV-TZ145 Home Theatre System (5.1). I didn't do proper research on it and got to know that it doesn't support FLAC format. Is it because of sampling rate limitations? However, ...
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Creating FLACs: maximizing sound levels

I want to experiment with FLAC to see if my aging ears can tell the difference between that and highest-quality MP3. I have been using AudioGrabber for mp3, which does its encoding via LAME. A ...
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Embedding Timestamp-Based Metadata in FLAC Files

I’m working on a project where I’ve generated an audio file. Now, I need to associate specific timestamps with text data within that file. I’m currently using FLAC, but I’m open to other lossless ...
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When converting mods to flacs, they are looped

Explaination of my problem: So i am maybe not straight forward sound designer but i thought of this StackExchange subsite as the most accurate place to ask my question. But what my problem is about? ...
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