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Re: FLAC and Soundforge

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Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>

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

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Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:20:45 -0400

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Soundforge 9.0e, which will open FLAC files, apparently can't save high-resolution WAV properly to 
FLAC. Batch conversions, WAV to FLAC have not worked, the resulting FLAC is unplayable and full of 
digi-noise and problems.

So what I ended up having to do was:

1. in Soundforge, save regions (individual cuts within the high-rez master file) to individual 
files, same high-rez WAV format.

2. dbpoweramp is a $40 app with very good batch-processing and conversion features. It works very 
well converting WAV to FLAC.

3. I found foobar2000's tag editor to be the easiest to use, but it still requires file-level 
editing (to put in the individual song titles and cut numbers). However, it is easier than 
attempting this in dbpoweramp, in my experience.

4. you can set up Exact Audio Copy's latest version to rip to FLAC instead of MP3, but this only 
works for CD's. I prefer to do CD's in iTunes as Apple Lossless Format.

Has any company come up with an app that can rip high-rez FLAC off DVD-Audio discs? How about off 
SACD's? Is there any app that even recognizes SACD's in a standard computer DVD drive?

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, September 05, 2012 7:35 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] FLAC and Soundforge


>I found a very convoluted process that works, but it requires an external tag editor.
>
> You use the command to divide regions into separate files, save the files in a folder.
>
> Then do a batch-convert script to convert them to FLAC.
>
> Then you need a good tag editor to make the FLAC tags.
>
> Overall, PITA!
>
> Is this any better in SF10? I have literally hundreds of high-rez dubs of tapes and LPs that I'd 
> like to get into my server library. Burning to CD and then ripping into iTunes is very efficient, 
> but best quality will then be 44.1/16-bit, so my high-rez dubbing quality goes by the wayside.
>
> What would be best would be a FLAC-creation/tagging program that can take a WAV file, understand 
> Soundforge's REGION markings, break regions into individual FLAC files, then have a good interface 
> with some built-in guessing that builds tags. Probably way too much to ask for.
>
> -- Tom Fine
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Andrew Hallifax" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, September 05, 2012 7:02 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] FLAC and Soundforge
>
>
> I can recommend a small independently produced macro for managing (native)
> flac tags - it doesn't do ID3 tags though. It's called Exceltagger and is
> just a macro plugin for Excel. It was written by an enthusiast who uses/used
> the online moniker of Willy Hoops but his website seems to have disappeared.
> However, it's only 348Kb so I can easily email it to you if you want to try
> it. I tried attaching it to this posting but that doesn't appear to work.
> I've used the software extensively. It's super simple and it works well. 

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