[Flac-dev] More than 8 channels possible?

Josh Coalson xflac at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 31 14:11:57 PST 2005

--- Pascal Haakmat <a.haakmat at chello.nl> wrote:
> Hello,
> First, thanks a lot for FLAC. 
> A few questions. Apologies if this is not the right forum or if these
> questions have come up before; the SourceForge archive search didn't
> turn up anything.
> 1. Would it be possible for FLAC to support more than 8 channels?
> 2. If (1) is not desirable because it would break compatibility or
> some
>    such, then is it possible to build a local copy supporting more
>    channels by simply increasing FLAC__MAX_CHANNELS in 
>    include/FLAC/format.h?
> Either of these would greatly help in reducing the storage
> requirements for recording sessions.

the channel grouping is mainly to take advantage of interchannel
correlations.  see also the FAQ:
you could hack the code to make non-standard FLAC with more
channels but you will also have to change how the number is
stored in the frame header.


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