fldave wrote on 11/11/2005, 10:16 PM
I've wondered that, also Nick. A quick google resulted in some vague references.

Scott may have some specialized metadata for some hardware. I would recommend Microsoft wav as most worldwide applications can handle that cleanly.

Spot|DSE wrote on 11/11/2005, 10:25 PM
Save as a Microsoft wav, as it's more compatible. ScottStudio wavs contain metadata created for radio and digicart use, indicating what time a vocal starts in a song, date for the spot to air, how the song ends, etc, so that a DJ, PD, or event engineer knows how/when to cue next piece, when to shut up over the music, etc.
NickHope wrote on 11/11/2005, 11:03 PM
Thanks Dave, thanks Spot. Your help is appreciated as ever :-)

farss wrote on 11/12/2005, 2:23 AM
If you do want to archive audio and just for your own use, Perfect Clarity Audio (aka .pca) from Sonic Foundary is lossless and gets around a 50% reduction in file size. Sadly apart from us in the know here, no one else seems to know about it so the chances of anyone else being able to open the files is pretty remote but I find it very handy for archiving my own material,
Tinle wrote on 11/12/2005, 5:23 AM
"Perfect Clarity Audio (aka .pca) from Sonic Foundary is lossless and gets around a 50% reduction in file size"


Thanks for this tip.

I just brought a 35.5MB WAV file into Vegas 6.0c and rendered it out to PCA format. It rendered very quickly and resulted in a 14.3 MB PCA file - about 40.4% of the orginal WAV size. As you point out - this may be a very useful space saver when archiving.


Spot|DSE wrote on 11/12/2005, 11:51 AM
The reduction in file size is entirely dependent on the content. If you had a 3 minute symphony with constants, the file would be much bigger than say a 3 minute drum solo that isn't filling every ounce of frequency/time, but PCA is the bomb. Great for archiving, great for online sharing, easy to email, etc.
PumiceT wrote on 11/12/2005, 5:22 PM
I just checked something...

I use ACID quite a bit for making cheerleading mixes (a side job to help make ends meet - don't ask me about copyright issues)... I always wanted to save the loops as MP3, but it wouldn't loop properly. This PCA format works fine in ACID. While the space saving isn't big per file (1.82 wav = 1.02 pca), I'm sure if I converted my whole collection of loops, the saving would be big.