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32-bit support, Split from: "The Future of FLAC"
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.

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 3 2012, 01:26
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Are we talking 32-bit vs 16/24 bit wav files?

I thought even 24-bit wav was pointless as far as the human ear is concerned, why would we worry about 32-bit?
Hell, I seem to recall they originally proposed 12-bit for CDs.

I guess there may be production tools that work with higher than 24-bit but do they really need to?
As a music consumer, I'm interested in what real world benefits there are to it, because my understanding is that there really aren't any. Human ears can't distinguish it anyway.

I guess what I'm worried about is a stable product going through changes that aren't going to benefit us anyway.

>2GB support I can understand wanting. The use may be limited but I don't want an artists creativity to be hampered by how much the file format can support, and if an artist is going to do something that big, I sure as hell hope it is distributed compressed ...
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