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32-bit support, Split from: "The Future of FLAC"
Brand
post Aug 31 2012, 22:21
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QUOTE (yourlord @ Aug 31 2012, 21:26) *
32-bit support

QUOTE (sshd @ Aug 31 2012, 22:16) *
>2G support

Both of these are important.

I was glad to see that in audio editing/music making software FLAC gained a lot of support in the last couple of years. I'd say right now most support at least importing FLAC.
But 32bit float is used a lot in audio editing, so FLAC could definitely improve there.


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Also, I remember reading once that FLAC is too loosely defined (compared to ALAC where the rules are more strict regarding number of channels etc.). Don't know much about that stuff myself, but if it's true it's worth looking into. Hardware/software manufacturers want a reliable standard to work with.
EDIT2: found it

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post Sep 2 2012, 09:35
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@skamp: That is not a clipped 32bit float track. The downconverted to integer (be it 16, 24 or whatever bits) will. And that's the whole point.

All the float talk is about mixing and mastering.
Currently, applications already use some sort of compression for samples (examples include DPCM, zip-like techniques, or even the compression of soundfonts with sfark/sfpack). In fact, FLAC has been proposed or used in some formats.
The ability to use 32bit float in those scenarios allow for more flexibility during the process.

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