[Flac-dev] 24-bit audio?

Mike Wren mikew at etree.org
Mon Jun 3 10:14:08 PDT 2002

Thanks for the reply, Josh.  As I'm sure you are aware, there's a lot of
interest in a less-restrictive alternative to APE for the 24 bit audio
community.  Adding support for 24-bit audio files will make FLAC a much
more attractive alternative.

Let me know if you need people to bang on the 24 bit part of FLAC.  I've
started to get excited again about the potential for FLAC to provide a
viable long-term alternative to both APE and SHN.


On Mon, 3 Jun 2002, Josh Coalson wrote:

> --- 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.
> Josh
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