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Re: question about 'extra' files that appear to be generated with audacity

From:

Pete Tinker <[log in to unmask]>

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Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Fri, 4 Mar 2011 21:54:09 -0800

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Audacity is open-source.  In the context of this discussion, that means 
at least two things:
1.  Your data will last as long as any other data.  All you need to 
read, write, or convert it is the (freely-available) source code and the 
willingness and ability to use it.
2.  If you want to do something nifty with the files, such as process 
them in a batch mode to create wav files, you can do it by writing the 
appropriate software.  That's what open-source is all about.  You can 
also suggest that as something to make the next version better; if 
others agree, perhaps someone will write the software for you (at no 
cost, of course).

It's a feature, not a bug!  But, granted, it looks like a bug if you're 
not a software type.  If you don't want to muck about with software, 
either live with Audacity's limitations or pay for software that meets 
your requirements.

(All hail sourceforge!  Power to the coders!  Yes, my tongue is in my 
cheek, and, yes, I've been writing software since 1968.)

On 3/4/2011 4:45 PM, ADRIAN COSENTINI wrote:
> Gee, looks like Audacity is really the wrong way to go. Doesn't even 
> make "wav" files, never mind BWF!
> Try "WaveLab" Yeah it's a bit pricey but at least your data will last.
>
> Adrian
>
> On Mar 4, 2011, at 6:17 PM, Matt Sohn wrote:
>
>>> I think if you delete these, you are deleting your audio.
>>>
>>> I do not think Audacity is a native WAV editor like say Samplitude, 
>>> Sequoia, Goldwave, Wavelab, etc.
>>
>>>> We use Audacity to convert our reel to reel tapes into digital 
>>>> files. We recently noticed that there are a bunch of extra >>files 
>>>> that end in .auf  They are all about 1000 KB and have a name along 
>>>> the lines of b02720.  There are TONS of >>these files. We are 
>>>> wondering what they are and if it is safe to delete them or not?
>>
>> Yes, Audacity stores its data as Project files, which are not 
>> compatible with any other program.
>> To make these files into WAV files, you need to open each project and 
>> choose the "Export as WAV" command (there are options for mp3 and OGG 
>> Vorbis as well).
>> Unfortunately, there is no batch function for this.
>> I have no idea why Audacity has this quirky, incompatible way of 
>> doing things, but that's they way they do it.
>>
>> -Matt Sohn
>

-- 
*Pete Tinker*
23257 Gilmore St.
West Hills, CA 91307
818-346-5213
818-694-5213 /(cell)/

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