As Lou said: "Mac's have no problem with Wav files." In fact, a Mac PC
will handle all of the flavors of audio files that a Windoze PC will.
Although Wav is the accepted archival format, IIRC, AIFF is a Pulse Code
Modulation (PCM) file with a different wrapper.
I spent in excess of 20 years with both a Mac & a Windows PC on my desk,
usually controlled by one keyboard & one mouse. My takeaway from all of
that: "They are all computers & they all crash."
My $ 0.02
Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
On 12/9/2020 11:21 AM, Martin Fisher wrote:
> Hey Lou and thanks for your input.
> I thought that Macs could handle WAV's although a lot of Mac folks that I've worked with seem to prefer AIFF files. (I will admit that I really haven't done a lot of research into the whys and wherefores of Apple formats. The main reason I use the PC platform is that it's what I'm familiar with and I like the software that is available and most of my hardware and software is currently geared toward it. Additionally, I've had to interface with a Mac from time to time and didn't like it. The television station I worked for bought an audio console with a Mac interface and I always HATED having to get into it. Not that I'm knocking Apple one bit....just call me an "ole dawg." The non-2G cap is certainly a plus though....along with the apparently better stability of the platform/OS. Certainly no arguments there.)
> Best! :-)
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> Subject: [EXTERNAL] [ARSCLIST] file format - Digitizing Audio Interface recommendations
> Two comments, Martin, from a professional who only uses Macs:
> WAV is absolutely the standard for audio preservation and production, on Macs and on other computers.
> I just wanted to counter the implication that using Apple computers might require some other file format. WAV is the standard everywhere. Macs can use larger than 2G files, though. I have some 3 gig, 98 minute transfers that I like to keep whole!
> I believe that 96/24 is also the preservation standard, as you said. I’m working on an archving project for GRAMMY and they specified 96/24.
> I can understand you wanting 192 capability, though I’ve never used it.
> Lou Judson
> Intuitive Audio
>> On Dec 9, 2020, at 10:40 AM, Martin Fisher <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> There are other useable file types but WAV is pretty much the PC standard. (I ain't made the move to Apple yet and don't intend to soon.)