Just to add - WAV support is very consistent across all applications on any OS, while with AIFF you may find some of them not opening on some applications. You may or may not encounter such a problem, but I think WAV is a safer choice. I have stopped using AIFF a long time ago.
I also use only wave but I am wondering if anyone is using FLAC and if it gives same quality or any glitches. If it works as well as WAV it would be great to save Disk space. Thanks for any experiences you can share…
When FLAC was introduced, I used it in a new project. I forgot about it and when I started hearing glitching, hangups in audio and stuff like that, I opened a topic here…
The problem was FLAC. It needs far more resources of your CPU and such to decode before playing. Not all computers have that kind of power. Especially with multi tracks in audio at the same time, it’s going to be hard.
I held off FLAC a while as I had no not-so-important project to test it thoroughly. Meanwhile I’m starting many projects in FLAC, no glitches whatsoever. Haven’t realized more demands on CPU (40+ audio tracks, not yet tried on bigger ones). One thing I have not fully explored yet is that offline processing takes longer on flac vs. wav. Seems data is decoded > processed > encoded.
Flac is fixed point arithmetic (up to 24 bit in Cubase), that’s the only drawback I can see but that’s pointless unless you record with plugins.
correct. i wouldnt trust it for a multitrack session. but it is good that C7 can save a stereo mixdown as FLAC. for this purpose it is a useful implementation and i think ill be using it in that sense rather than for multitrack files.