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Discussion in 'Recording' started by philter1, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. philter1

    philter1 Active Member

    What's the difference between exporting a project as WAV and exporting as Broadcast WAV? Is some extra data added to the file?

  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    BWAV is time stamped among other things.

    Broadcast Wave Format - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  3. philter1

    philter1 Active Member

    Thanks Hueseph. I was mainly wondering as I'm doing an album and wondered if the mastering engineer would prefer this format?
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    I am not absolutely positive of this but I believe that the time stamping also ensures tighter continuity of data from more robust error correction? Something that perhaps enhances the Reed Solomon error correction found from the beginning days of digital? But I'm not as well-versed in that mathematical menagerie? Digital audio has always had timecode embedded within the data stream. This is a timestamp on every frame of audio because audio in the land of digital is like pictures on television and is handled as frames. Frames are frequently dropped lost and are compensated for by the error correction. So it's some kind of exaggerated embedding of timecode which may also help to improve error correction?

    Digital audio is a weird animal
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  5. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Most, if not all bonafide ME's will accept either, although it's always best to contact the ME and inquire as to what they prefer; it's a good idea to contact them anyway in regard to the other things they want:
    RMS, maximum peak, etc.

    It is indeed. Remember when the only thing the ME required was a 2 mix on tape, and test tones at the top? LOL.... whoops... I forgot about the leader, all songs edited and slated with leader tape, 15/30 ips, NR type, etc... LOL
  6. Chief Engineer

    Chief Engineer Active Member

    Correct me if im wrong, but Broadcast Wave is not an export option. It is a record format option.
  7. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    You are correct of course.

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