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Piano Hits Loop Pack 01
by sunbyrn
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Sat, May 7, 2005 @ 5:58 AM

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MarcoRaaphorst
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permalink   Sat, May 7, 2005 @ 11:35 AM
we should use Flac
 
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permalink   fourstones Sat, May 7, 2005 @ 1:03 PM
Marco is referring to a lossless compression format called FLAC

http://flac.sourceforge.net/

It’s probably the best overall choice technically because it’s free (as in beer and otherwise) everywhere and there are usable (if geeky) user interfaces for all major platforms (as opposed to RAR which is a commercial product and command line only on everything but Windows)

The big problem with FLAC is that you lose ACID information (one of the big reasons to stay in WAV) when you compress. They skip all the RIFF tags they don’t recognize (a design decision which personally I don’t understand because they could just as easily do a ‘pass through’ of those).

Ideally, the best way to upload samples would be save them out of your tool of choice as uncompressed WAVs, then use FLAC to compress them, then ZIP up the FLACs. Then when folks un-ZIP and de-FLAC they have a 100% lossless audio representation of your sources.

Peace,
Victor
 
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permalink   sunbyrn Sat, May 7, 2005 @ 1:30 PM
Thanks for the tips guys. As you know, this was my first upload of compressed files and I don’t do very much compressing of files, so this is pretty unfamiliar to me. Basically, I should just bypass the whole compressing to RAR format and just choose the ‘send to compressed ZIP folder’( i have winxp on my system) to ZIP format instead? If I need a better understandng of it all, then I’m all ears. Whatever’s best for the users on the site I will do.
 
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permalink   fourstones Sat, May 7, 2005 @ 2:04 PM
Quote: Basically, I should just bypass the whole compressing to RAR format and just choose the ‘send to compressed ZIP folder’( i have winxp on my system) to ZIP format instead?

Yes. ;)

Victor
fourstones
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permalink   Sat, May 7, 2005 @ 8:38 AM
just for the record: you have mp3s wrapped in a rar in a zip. You can skip the RAR part in this case.

MP3 is a lossy compression which means your files are reduced in size but lose some quality.

RAR is a lossless compression that doesn’t reduce the size as much as MP3 but it keeps the quality 100% (and is not very friendly to us Mac users ;))

ZIP is lossless but doesn’t compress audio very well. We use it on this site because every platform understands it ‘natively’.

So the RAR step in your archive is not buying you anything — the files are already compressed. Just zip up the MP3 and use the ‘Replace’ link to re-upload.

Make sense?

Peace,
Victor