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Please begin sharing multitrack files as FLAC files. Read more here!

 

Author Topic: Please use FLAC files when posting multitrack files  (Read 6866 times)

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August 09, 2013, 10:09:20 PM
We are encouraging everyone to share raw files as FLAC files, to save bandwidth and server space.

Encoding files can save huge amounts of space and time, and the conversion utilities listed below make converting to WAV or AIF very quick and painless. Some DAWs support FLAC natively, too, though you might find they use more resources than with WAV.

If you have already posted multitrack files, you can leave them as WAV, or convert them to FLAC. If you convert them, please link to this post, where people unfamiliar with FLAC can learn about it.

 You can find some good FLAC conversion utilities on Google, as well as here:

APE encoder/decoder for Windows:
http://www.monkeysaudio.com/download.html

APE/FLAC/... encoder/decoder for Mac:
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/14246/xact

FLAC command line tools for Windows:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/flac/files/flac-win/

GUI for FLAC command line tools for Windows:
http://flacfrontend.sf.net/

Converter and CD ripper for Windows with FLAC support:
http://www.freac.org/

Great Audio Editor with FLAC support for Linux, Windows and Mac:
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Switch, a multi-format converter for both Windows and Mac, which is not free though ($30 currently):
http://www.nch.com.au/switch/index.html

(Thanks to Stoman for putting this list together!)

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August 11, 2013, 01:16:35 AM
Let me note, for those who aren't familiar with FLAC, that it is a lossless compression algorithm, which means that it makes files smaller ("compressed") than *.wav files, but has no information loss (unlike *.mp3, AIFF, *.wma, etc.).

Note that some sites, such as bandcamp and soundcloud, will accept and stream FLAC files.

You can expect, "Digital audio compressed by FLAC's algorithm can typically be reduced to 50–60% of its original size, and decompressed into an identical copy of the original audio data."
See, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FLAC

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« Last Edit: August 11, 2013, 01:23:28 AM by vvv »

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August 12, 2013, 02:08:16 AM
I just wanted to add that on individual audio tracks (with large areas of silence), I've seen file size reduced by as much as 90%, so multitrack files are an excellent use of this compression scheme.

I hope everyone finds using them easy, but if you have issues, post them here, and we'll do our best to sort them out!

August 12, 2013, 10:00:45 AM

Downloaded Flac Frontend (Thanks for the link)

I used to use this softie years ago at Twotrackmusic when we collabed.

Lets hope we can get more people collabing here at mixoff (thats what I like doing most)

When I google "Music Collaboration" or "Song Collaboration" mixoff is nowhere to be seen in the results.

Maybe add some keywords so it will show in google results.


« Last Edit: August 12, 2013, 10:11:17 AM by Vincent »