How to convert 24-bit FLAC to 16-bit FLAC?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by evh5150, Feb 7, 2010.

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  1. evh5150

    evh5150 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I have a set of 24-but FLAC files on my hard disk that I want to convert to 16-bit for use on an audio CD. What's the best way to go about doing this?

    I use the Goldwave program and could just load the file and then save it as a 16-bit FLAC. But will this method give a satisfactory result, or is there a better way?

    Thanks in advanced for any opinions!
  2. onlyconnect

    onlyconnect The prose and the passion

    Winchester, UK
    I like the dbPowerAmp music converter

    though I'd have thought any competent audio application would do this satisfactorily.

  3. I Am The Lolrus

    I Am The Lolrus New Member

    LA, CA, US
    You will want to use a ditherer, some are free and some are thousands of dollars. You can try one of the really good ones for free in their demo, get the ozone demo and use the mbit+ feature:
  4. wrat

    wrat Forum Resident

    I believe Audacity can do this and its free
  5. Gary Freed

    Gary Freed Forum Resident

    This type of program is based on algorithms and some programs do a much better job of it than others.

    Various forum members have recommended Sound Forge by Sony in the past. It is supposed to be one of the better programs out there.
  6. apileocole

    apileocole Lush Life Gort

    No one asked but if anyone using Linux is wondering and stumbles on this thread (I know, better odds on the jackpot in the CA lottery), the burning app k3b will handle it for you (assuming one doesn't want to use the other tools available). Load the 24bit flac into an audio CD tracklist and it'll convert as appropriate before the burnin'.
  7. nelamvr6

    nelamvr6 High End Headphoniac

    New London, CT USA
    Your best bet is to use a program like Audacity or Adobe Audition to convert the files to 16 bit wav.

    You don't mention the sample rate, to make a CD you want the sample rate to be 44.1kHz. If these flac files aren't already encoded at that sample rate then you're definitely better off using an editing program than just a simple conversion program, you'll get better sounding results.
  8. Dr. Bogenbroom

    Dr. Bogenbroom I'm not a Dr. but I play one on SHTV

    Salt Lake City
    The last forum consensus I recall concerning free dither/samplers was that SoX was the best.
  9. leir

    leir Active Member

  10. evh5150

    evh5150 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thanks for the replies!

    Does anyone know if simply saving the file as 16bit in Goldwave is an adequate conversion?
  11. Dr. Bogenbroom

    Dr. Bogenbroom I'm not a Dr. but I play one on SHTV

    Salt Lake City
    If you can't hear the dithering artifacts, then it's good enough for you!
  12. evh5150

    evh5150 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    My ears are getting better the more time I spend on this forum. Hopefully in six months in won't bother me. :p
  13. Metoo

    Metoo Forum Hall Of Fame

    Spain (EU)
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