Converting FLAC 24/96 to AIFF 16/44

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Converting FLAC 24/96 to AIFF 16/44

Post by bjast » 08 Aug 2012, 05:53

I'm new to this forum, but think it might be the place to get an answer to my question. I have a bunch of 24/96 FLAC files that I need to convert to 16/44 AIFF files Without Losing any of the metadata or album art. I have tried many of the Mac FLAC converters, and have not found one that does not eliminate metadata, album art or fail to down sample with the wrong perimeters. Does anyone know of a OS X application which can handle this task? I willing to pay a bit for it, so it doesn't have to be open source. I'm not interested in paying hundreds of dollars for it - I know this eliminates some of the "Pro" software.

The best application I've found for this purpose cost only $38, but also only runs on Windows - dbpoweramp. I use it on my Mac Mini media server, running Parallels, but would like to do this on my MacBook Pro 2012, without re-upping for the cost of running Parallels all over again.

Thanks for any suggestions you can offer.

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Re: Converting FLAC 24/96 to AIFF 16/44

Post by groundhum » 09 Aug 2012, 08:46

Have you tried Amadeus? With pro, you get a batch processor, too.
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Re: Converting FLAC 24/96 to AIFF 16/44

Post by bjast » 10 Aug 2012, 06:37

Up to this point it looks like Amadeus Pro does not transfer all the original FLAC files's metadata - including "composer" which is essential with classical music. I'm working with the developer to see if this is actually the case. But, so far, only about seven fields of metadata are transferred. We'll have to see what comes of this ...

Thanks for the suggestion, though.

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Re: Converting FLAC 24/96 to AIFF 16/44

Post by David T » 10 Aug 2012, 07:42

Have you tried MediaHuman Free Audio Converter 1.7.2 ?
http://www.mediahuman.com/audio-converter/

EDIT: Just checked myself and noticed it too omits info.

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Re: Converting FLAC 24/96 to AIFF 16/44

Post by groundhum » 11 Aug 2012, 06:38

bjast wrote:I'm working with the developer to see if this is actually the case. But, so far, only about seven fields of metadata are transferred.
Oh, you're that poster... :wink:
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Re: Converting FLAC 24/96 to AIFF 16/44

Post by bjast » 11 Aug 2012, 07:42

So far still nothing has come up on the radar that does this accurately in the Mac world. Strange because I'd have thought there was a bunch of us audiophiles who'd like to convert our HiRes FLAC files to 16-44 AIFF files to play on our iOS devices at the highest quality - in my opinion. ;>)

Right now I'm using Parallels & Windows to run what has to be the absolute best software to accomplish this task - dbpoweramp. It's overkill, but nobody in the Mac world seems to be able to get this right. Curious ...

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Re: Converting FLAC 24/96 to AIFF 16/44

Post by G » 11 Aug 2012, 14:11

Quality is not the issue. Though I'd suggest converting to ALAC (Apple Lossless) instead of raw PCM like AIFF or WAV (especially 16/44?), to save half the space on your iOS device.

The tricky part is keeping that meta data. I was going to suggest Max, which I use all the time for quick batch conversion to multiple formats (ALAC for iTunes Store, WAV for other stores, MP3 for radio, etc.), but Max also has its own idea about meta data, and I'm not sure why. It allows you to enter new info, sometimes doesn't keep existing info, sometimes does. But then I usually start with raw masters straight from the studio, so maybe I'm just missing it. Or maybe it's because Max was originally designed as a CD ripper. Might be worth a try.
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Re: Converting FLAC 24/96 to AIFF 16/44

Post by bjast » 14 Aug 2012, 07:24

Martin with Amadeus Pro just got back to me with a fix for the fields I mentioned above. So, when this version is released, it looks like Amadeus Pro is the only 'reliable' HiRes FLAC to 16-44 AIFF converter (under $300) that I could find. Hope this helps someone else to not have to test them all. Thanks for everyone's suggestions. Very useful forum.

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Post by G » 14 Aug 2012, 11:09

Very cool.

But again, don't convert your 24/96 FLAC files to 16/44 AIFF (or WAV) if you consider yourself an audiophile. Go straight to 24/96 Apple Lossless, which will work in both iOS and iTunes, and keep 100% of the original quality. As a bonus, the files may also be smaller.
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Re: Converting FLAC 24/96 to AIFF 16/44

Post by bjast » 15 Aug 2012, 06:02

Unless you're one of those people that 'thinks' they can hear a difference between AIFF & ALAC. That would be me ...

But I have to admit I have yet to try 24/96 ALAC on my iOS devices. Doesn't the iOS device DAC simply down convert these to 16/44?

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Post by G » 15 Aug 2012, 13:42

The DAC depends on the iOS device. Looks like the latest iPhone 4S and iPad (3rd gen) output up to 24/48. But, do you want to keep re-rendering these files every year? :)

Thing is, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF and WAV are all lossless formats. They are exactly the same, quality-wise, given the same bit rate and sample depth. So why downsample at all? That only assures you lower quality, no matter what the other variables.
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