I wonder if you have used Audacity? Are you familiar with it at all? It is designed primarily as a multi-track recorder & editor. The “native format” for audio
files is wav. You can set your preference for 16 bit, 32 bit or 32 bit floating, but it is wav from the get-go. You can export to other formats if you choose. You can add libraries for exporting mp3 files other formats. I suspect the people complaining about
Audacity want to use it as a simple single-file stereo recorder and editor, and then just save their single wav file and move on. I do a lot of this very thing with Audacity and it works great for me. When I produce simple multitrack spots with a voice track
plus music track, it will mix them when I “export” the file or I can save it as a “project” with the separate wav tracks intact in case I need to tweak it in the future, or change the voice or music or add sound effects or whatever. A “project” file is just
a file that remembers what wav files were in the project and all the details about their relation to each other, their gain levels, eq, etc. An Audacity “aud” file is not an audio format, but a file that remembers what audio was in the project and how it was
put together, kind of like how a Powerpoint “ppt” file is not an image format, but a file that remembers the images and other elements put in the Powerpoint project.
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From: dave allen [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: August 7, 2017 10:51 AM
To: CRTech; Willie Barnett
Subject: Re: [CRTech] Audacity - New Features
so the authors of this free software should re-write all of their audio routines to handle another format for your convenience? have a heart.
i was suggesting for a specific situation, that recording + editing on the fly would go much smoother using the native format, and then export the final result as wav. let audacity work for you instead of working against it.
On 8/7/2017 11:26 AM, Willie Barnett wrote:
My 1c worth: We shouldn't HAVE TO bite a bullet. ;)
On Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 1:09 PM, dave allen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
would it work to just 'bite the bullet' and record in audacity's native format, then export the finished product as wav instead of trying to use wav for every step of the process?