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Old 08 August 2004, 06:28 am   #1
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Default Which lossless format should the Samples Database use?

The chosen format must be as OS-independent as possible. Vote and let us know. You have 3 days.
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Old 08 August 2004, 09:24 am   #2
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I'd be tempted to say FLAC usually, but since this is hosted on privately payed webspace, I'd go for the format with the best compression ratio, which would have to be OptimFROG - although I gather it's not very portable (Windows and Linux only currently). OTOH, WavPack is also available for Windows and Linux only at this time, unless I have missed endeavours to build it under different platforms. If this is the case, WavPack will get my vote, if not, then OptimFROG.
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Old 08 August 2004, 10:05 am   #3
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OptimFROG is a logical choice for me: it saves more space, bandwith and time. For this kind of purpose (samples database on internet), strong lossless encoders are good (for playback, it's of course another question).
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Old 08 August 2004, 10:12 am   #4
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FLAC is probably the obvious choice, it's been around for a while, and has the widest support.

But my vote goes to Wavpack, it is also cross-platform (Windows, Linux and OS X atm), open-source/bsd license and compresses better in my (limited) testing. And thats imo the ruling factor between the two.
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Old 08 August 2004, 10:15 am   #5
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How is exactly mac osx support with Wavpack ?
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Old 08 August 2004, 10:53 am   #6
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Sorry, can't tell because i don't own a mac. But on the homepage is written "Multiplatform support including Windows, Linux, and OS X", so it must be working alright(?). Maybe someone with a mac can shed some light on this.
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Old 09 August 2004, 04:16 pm   #7
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The poll has been moved to HA. If you voted here already, please be fair and don't vote again here. If you haven't voted on this poll yet, please register on Hydrogenaudio and vote on the new poll we've created there instead of on this one (link just above ^)

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