[Flac-dev] 24-bit audio?

Josh Coalson xflac at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 3 10:03:05 PDT 2002

--- Mike Wren <mikew at etree.org> wrote:
> According to
> http://flac.sourceforge.net/format.html#metadata_block_streaminfo :
> "FLAC supports from 4 to 32 bits per sample. Currently the reference
> encoder
> and decoders only support up to 24 bits per sample. "
> This is why I'm confused.  I though one of the benefits of FLAC was
> it's
> ability to encode in word lengths longer than 16 bits.

Yes, this is understandable.  'Reference encoder and decoders'
refer to the implementations in libFLAC that transfrom raw PCM
to FLAC and vice-versa.  The command-line 'flac' is what parses
a WAVE file into raw PCM and feeds it to the reference encoder.
This is the part that did not have 24-bit support until recently.

flac CVS has it and the next release will be in 1-2 weeks.  I
have been writing unit tests to cover all the new stuff, but I
might still do a short beta.


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