Free FLAC sampler
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FLAC is a relatively new format, since its development started in 2000. It took 3 years to become a full grown audio format. The Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) uses compression to reduce the size by up to 60% of the original audio’s file size. However, unlike lossy formats like MP3, all the original information is kept and after decompressing it is an identical copy of the original audio file. FLAC is for this reason perfect for archiving. The St Matthew Passion with a length of 2 hours and 36 minutes will fit on one CD when converted to FLAC. Since it is an open file format it can be used without paying royalties.
Just like the Wave format, FLAC is quite flexible. Up to 8 channels are supported and the bit rate can be anything between 4 and 32 bits, while sample rates from 1 Hz to 655.35 kHz are possible. It uses a PCM encoded stream making it easy to play it on computers. Metadata is also supported in FLAC. A FLAC file is actually a combination - a so called container - of several files. First of course the audio file but also the ‘metaflac’ file and the index file can be found in this container.
When an album is delivered to us in a quality of at least 88 kHz / 24 bit we can offer this on our website. Due to the flexible sample rate settings of FLAC we can also offer higher qualities. For example, if an album is delivered to us in a 192 kHz we offer you this quality. The compression used in FLAC makes it possible to store a large quantity of files.
However, we only offer high quality files if they match our standards. An 88 kHz / 24 bit album on our site is at least recorded in that quality but usually a higher sample rate and bit rate were used. To be sure the given quality is right, all our audio is checked professional world-class audio engineers. If an album doesn’t pass this quality check it’s not going to be online.
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