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
(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.
> 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
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