24-Bit 48kHz FLAC! (Now improved to 96kHz)


FLAC files are a better representation of the original recording. The more detailed information in an audio file, the better it will sound. FLAC files are much larger files than mp3 because they have much more information. MP3 files are conveniently small files, but they achieve that small size by trashing a lot of audio information and compressing what is left.

I record concerts in uncompressed WAV format at 24-bits, and now at 96kHz. This is a huge amount of musical information in each file. After processing I export as individual FLAC files still at 24-bits/96kHz, which means the FLAC files are more or less identical to the original WAV file. FLAC files are best for home listening or on a laptop. For portable ease of use, mp3 can’t be beat. Feel free to get both, or only one. People argue about if the differences can be heard, and a lot of that depends on what you are listening to music on (headphones/speakers, digital-analog converters, amps, etc). I figure it’s always better to have more than less audio info no matter what you hear. Once you go FLAC you never go back! It can be a tough transition though, so here are some resources:

Basic FAQ

FLAC Homepage

Need to be convinced about this FLAC format? Here’s a Stereophile article: MP3 vs AAC vs FLAC vs CD

FLAC on a Mac? Try using PLAY (discontinued), try Decibel instead.

FLAC on a PC? Try dB Power Amp

There are ways of hacking iTunes to play FLAC files, but I didn’t really like the ones I tried. PLAY is really easy to use and fits in well with the way I have my mp3 files saved seperately from my FLAC files.

I am too lazy to back-fill older posts with links to the FLAC files, but if you want the FLAC files of an older recording that has only mp3, let me know.

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