If you’re going to use a lossless format, why not use one that is completely compatible with the DAW (number of channels, bit depth). WavPack is a better fit, spec-wise, with Nuendo than FLAC: I say keep FLAC, add WavPack.
My recordings and post-productions consist mostly of few tracks and are done on laptops: I could trade a few CPU cycles for less disc space.
Reaper, for example, has a very good lineup of writable file formats.
Writable Formats: AIFF, APE, BWF, CD ISO (CUE/BIN), FLAC, MIDI, MOGG, MP3, OGG, W64, WAV, WAVPACK.
Or why not stick with the one that is completely compatible with the rest of the world and that the rest of the world is using?
After 30+ years in broadcast and media - I do not ever recall receiving, discussing or ever even opening a wavpack file. I wouldn’t know what to do with it if it arrived. And neither would anyone else…
No problem asking I suppose. But FLAC usage far outstrips any wavpack usage anywhere.
Then again - regardless of what Nuendo can record etc…anyone out there doing serious multichannel sound for the formats you mentioned won’t care about disc space, CPU cycles or compressing anything. Why would you need to?
anyone out there doing serious multichannel sound for the formats you mentioned won’t care about disc space, CPU cycles or compressing anything. Why would you need to?
I don’t agree with you. As FLAC, lossless DTS and Dolby are delivery format, not production format. I consider that I do “serious” (for me, not equal to money) multichannel work, and I would enjoy the disc space saving from the get go, rather than only at the end when I archive the project. Maybe it’s because I work on a laptop…
Again, the point is to have the choice. But if you decide to use FLAC in multichannel production, it’s quite possible you will meet its channel number or bit depth limitations, just like the file size limitation for Wave so that you have to switch to Wave64.
I guess we will see ya back here for an upgrade in 2018
FLAC is a perfect logical choice for the masses. Oddly - outside of this specific thread - I do not recall anyone ever complaining that FLAC “doesn’t cut it”. I am thinking that’s directly related to the fact that no one would ever work in Nuendo (Or any recording app for that matter) in compressed format for actual production.
If your biggest concerns are saving “space” and “money” - neither of those is possible in the recording game - it is what it is. Maybe time to move over to Reaper - it sounds like it has what you need?
My experience in post production in the US has been that people requested AIFF files back in the day (i.e. early 2000’s), then stopped doing that. Now the only request, if I even get one, is for WAV files (or “Broadcast Waves”).
I have never had a request for any other file format. I’d even guess that 95-99% of my customers and their customers are completely unaware of FLAC.
And any other time I’ve been asked to deliver anything other than AIFF or WAV it’s been Pro Tools sessions, DA88 (doesn’t happen any longer), Beta or DigiBeta (doesn’t happen much any longer really) or new HD optical drives.
I’m all for options, but my industry in my geographic location doesn’t seem to care about FLAC.
I’ve been experimenting with FLAC delivery lately from my readers for audiobook production, and it has a lot of potential-- sure saves upload time, and space in the DropBox.
Have no use for it in audio post or music composition-- aside from the above application (just trying to find ways to make available resources work!), FLAC is a non-presence in my professional life, and I don’t know anybody who’s even thinking about messing with it the way I am. I guess I have too much free time.
As far as music composition, editing and post-p are concerned, I have absolutely no desire nor need to work with FLACs however “natively” as might be possible with a compressed format like that-- am with previous posters in regards to keeping the production end simple. But importing and exporting, yes!
Other formats, i.e. WavePak? If they were relevant in the production world. Otherwise, focus on the stuff we need.