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Best FLAC Encoder for Mac? Modulation Plugins
Old 28th October 2018
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Best FLAC Encoder for Mac?

Just got my first ever client request for FLAC.

He said "I need FLACs to submit my metadata directly to my digital distributors." I haven't encountered that before, but OK...

I see some free encoders out there.

I want to ensure quality.

Recommendations?

Thanks!
Old 28th October 2018
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Old 28th October 2018
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There's no better or worse. All use exactly the same code.
Old 28th October 2018
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Originally Posted by FabienTDR View Post
There's no better or worse. All use exactly the same code.
I've heard that, and I've also heard stories of people getting clipping, altered levels or altered sound from some encoders...
Old 28th October 2018
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If unsure, simply always use this option (until you trust it ):




More details here: FLAC - documentation

These guys (Monty and others) are engineers, not PR agents! When they say lossless, they simply mean it. If there are exceptions to this promise, they'd be mentioned in big red letters and nobody would mention lossless in the first place! With engineers, it's really that simple.

An error would be so easy to demonstrate, ..mhh well... just why nobody does it?!

One counter-example and you earn eternal internet fame of having debunked a big scam. But until this happens, why trust anybody else? After all, FLAC started with a mathematical proof, which you can verify on your own. Or simply let the encoding test itself (as mentioned above), it's 100% fool proof.

Last edited by FabienTDR; 28th October 2018 at 08:58 PM..
Old 28th October 2018
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Izotope RX batch converter does it, and there's Music Converter (Mac).
Old 29th October 2018
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xACT works really well
Old 29th October 2018
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Recommendations?
I use iZotope RX 7 and Rogue Amoeba Fission - they both support batch conversion to FLAC. RX 7 offers bit depth, dither and compression level settings.
Old 29th October 2018
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I've heard that, and I've also heard stories of people getting clipping, altered levels or altered sound from some encoders...
IF they do that then they are NOT using the FLAC encoder!!! It is very easy to test with a round trip from wav to FLAC back to wav - and to get a total null of the final wav with the first one in a null test.

Best regards,
Steve Berson
Old 29th October 2018
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I use Max (don't know which version, not the latest for sure). See if that works for you regarding coding and metadata.

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Old 30th October 2018
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Got xACT. Nice little app. And free! Thanks everyone!
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