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What is your archival format preference (Wav | Flac | Shn | Zip | Ape)?

APE
1 (3.3%)
FLAC
24 (80%)
SHN
0 (0%)
ZIP
0 (0%)
WAV
5 (16.7%)

Total Members Voted: 30

Voting closed: October 12, 2019, 01:25:35 AM

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Re: What is your archival format preference? (Wav | Flac | Shn | Zip | Ape)
« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2021, 11:01:02 PM »
I like FLAC Lossless Uncompressed - it's a setting on dBpoweramp a notch above FLAC level 8.  How is that different from WAV?

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Re: What is your archival format preference? (Wav | Flac | Shn | Zip | Ape)
« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2022, 03:06:42 AM »
FLAC all the way.  FLAC compression level doesn't matter as far as data integrity is concerned.  Higher compression levels use more CPU to encode/decode but also gives the smallest file sizes.  Low compression levels are the fastest to encode/decode.  On most computers, the CPU usage is negligible, so I opt for the smallest file size to (marginally) reduce bandwidth for backups and reduce SSD/HDD wear.

You can losslessly go from FLAC to WAV to FLAC again at any compression level, any number of times; as long as your memory/CPU/motherboard isn't corrupting data.  I always use workstations with ECC memory to
avoid data corruption.

WAV doesn't have built-in checksums, so you'll need to manage them yourself and/or rely on CRC from ZIP or some other method to notice bitrot as HDD/SSDs age and fail.  Having a filesystem which checksums data (e.g. ZFS, BTRFS) also helps.

If you get a corrupt FLAC file and no good backups; the "flac" command-line tool has a "--decode-through-errors" switch.  Having good backups is better, obviously.

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Re: What is your archival format preference? (Wav | Flac | Shn | Zip | Ape)
« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2022, 05:07:01 AM »
I like FLAC Lossless Uncompressed - it's a setting on dBpoweramp a notch above FLAC level 8.  How is that different from WAV?

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Re: What is your archival format preference? (Wav | Flac | Shn | Zip | Ape)
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2022, 12:03:35 PM »
I keep the original WAV-file and then make songsplit and put it out in FLAC Level 8.
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Re: What is your archival format preference? (Wav | Flac | Shn | Zip | Ape)
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2022, 03:05:54 PM »
I keep the original WAV-file and then make songsplit and put it out in FLAC Level 8.

I do this but instead flac level 5. I don't know why.
I can't seem to bring myself to delete that long tracked wav or tiff file, even if its 2496. Its just too pretty, even if it is in the way.
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Re: What is your archival format preference? (Wav | Flac | Shn | Zip | Ape)
« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2022, 03:28:27 PM »
I keep the original WAV-file and then make songsplit and put it out in FLAC Level 8.

I do this but instead flac level 5. I don't know why.
I can't seem to bring myself to delete that long tracked wav or tiff file, even if its 2496. Its just too pretty, even if it is in the way.
I think 5 was the default.
FLAC encoding level 8 takes more processing power to make a slightly smaller file than lower numbers.
Back when computers were not as fast it was probably handy to use lower (faster) levels, but I suggest to stick with level 8 now.

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Re: What is your archival format preference? (Wav | Flac | Shn | Zip | Ape)
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