Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by jargus, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. jargus

    jargus GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Apr 11, 2007
    United States
    From what I can understand both are largely uncompressed formats, but whats the difference between the two? Normally I just use MP3 for the size but an audio project I'm going to be working on (the final product being a CD) so it would be interesting and useful to know what is the best to work with.
  2. Minox

    Minox I did it

    Aug 27, 2007
    FLAC is a format which can be compressed by design to take up less space should you want to, Wave on the other hand can not. Both formats are lossless, but encoding a compressed FLAC file takes more time than the non-compressible Wave file format.

    Personally I would most likely use Wave while editing unless storage space is a scarcity.
  3. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

    pip Reporter
    Sep 13, 2009
    Gaming Grotto
    FLAC and WAV descriptions.

    From those two, I suppose WAV would be the better solution as you can literally save uncompressed sound.
  4. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    What Minox said although I will note many of the fancier audio editing programs (and if you are going to master it properly then you will probably run into one) prefer wave input so definitely that when playing audio engineer.

    For reference CD effectively uses wave and at CD samplerates (48KHz) a stereo track runs what 80 minutes per CD (or 74 if you are cheap) or about 700 megs (out the several hunder gigs I imagine you have at your disposal) so it is not like you are working with uncompressed video which does still take up enough space to have to worry about it.

    Anything more and I will probably have to don my audio engineer hat which would be better served by linking up
  5. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvertâ„¢

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    FLAC for saving/playback, but WAV for editing since it's a hell of a lot more "accessible".
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  6. Nah3DS

    Nah3DS Madre de Dios! Es El POLLO DIABLO!!!

    Feb 9, 2010
    FLAC for listening
    WAV for editing/mixing/mastering
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