Wholly agreed, Tom, and sorry if I misunderstood you. I think FLAC is a
wonderful format for access copies, especially if the alternative is MP3 or
On Sun, May 10, 2015 at 6:27 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
> Hi Adam:
> I agree with you 100%. Just to be clear, I never advise clients to go for
> a compressed format as their archive format. What I would say to them is,
> if you can afford a bit more bandwidth and server horsepower, use FLAC as
> your access format if your content is high-fidelity. For the archive
> format, I always recommend (vehemently) sticking with the transfer format,
> at least 96/24 WAV these days. I have been OK agreeing with the client
> request for 48/24 WAV for oral histories (I did point out that twice the
> hard drive capacity cost a tiny fraction of the total job price, so if it
> were me I'd go for 96/24, but they had written 48/24 into their funding
> proposal and thus wanted to stick with the exact parameters of the funding).
> Folks, hard drive space really costs near nothing nowadays. The transfer
> and processing costs real money in the world of audio archiving. I think
> it's beyond penny wise and pound foolish to consider a lossy archive format
> like MP3, and it's also foolish to rely on a compressed format like FLAC
> with no WAV masters anywhere. What I was saying in my reply to Richard's
> post is that FLAC is a highly viable high-fidelity format, not that I would
> ever prefer it over WAV for an audio master A FLAC "safety" archive in a
> different location on different servers may be a viable way to save some
> small amount of budget.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Adam Jazairi" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Sunday, May 10, 2015 5:48 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Is it time to rethink FLAC ?
> My understanding is that the argument for WAV goes beyond fidelity. WAV
>> been around for much longer and is considered more stable as a
>> format. There are some that fear FLAC will go the way of Shorten. Also,
>> since it's been widely implemented, there are more tools and
>> available for WAV (e.g., BWF), more robust metadata, etc.
>> Still, the differences in file size alone make FLAC an appealing
>> alternative, especially for large-scale digitization projects. I'm not
>> I'd consider it the go-to format, but it's definitely worthy of
>> consideration depending on the project/program.
>> On Sun, May 10, 2015 at 5:05 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
>> FLAC is the go-to format for selling non-DSD high-resolution downloads.
>>> It's also often used for CD resolution download sales. Apple still
>>> stubbornly won't support FLAC as standard to iTunes, so sellers of
>>> high-resolution must also offer ALAC versions (mainly a sale-backend
>>> not really a PITA to convert WAV to yet another lossless format).
>>> Having used FLAC files for years, both creating them and purchasing them,
>>> I cannot hear any difference from WAV. One of the audiophile magazines, I
>>> think Absolute Sound, presented some subjective listening opinions
>>> to hear the difference between FLAC and WAV played with one of the
>>> playback programs. I cannot hear any difference using Foobar 2000 on
>>> Windows XP and Windows 7 platforms, Same for using the Logitech
>>> Touch music streamer, digital output going to my Benchmark DAC/preamp. I
>>> have most of my CD's ripped to a FLAC archive, mostly listened to across
>>> the network, either via the Squeezebox in the main system or streaming to
>>> various other devices via ethernet or wifi.
>>> -- Tom Fine
>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Richard L. Hess" <
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>>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Sent: Sunday, May 10, 2015 4:40 PM
>>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Is it time to rethink FLAC ?
>>> Hello, all,
>>>> Peter Kurilecz posted this following article to the Society of American
>>>> Archivists listserve:
>>>> It is about Harvard using forensic techniques to image obsolete media
>>>> then extract the data.
>>>> One interesting piece of software was mentioned: XENA from the National
>>>> Archives of Australia. The Wikipedia article states:
>>>> MP3, WAV, AIFF, and OGG formats are converted to FLAC files.
>>>> Hence the subject of this post. When did FLAC files become the go-to
>>>> standard? It appears that the XENA Wiki confirms this:
>>>> At one point (many years ago, DSpace software (or at least the Univ of
>>>> Toronto implementation thereof) converted audio to MP3. I hope they have
>>>> changed their practice.
>>>> Any thoughts?
>>>> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
>>>> Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
>>>> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.
>> Adam Jazairi
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