Playback on VLC

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Eelucid8, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Eelucid8

    Eelucid8 Active Member

    I do up my tracks in SONARx1, but then like to make a playlist of all the song's different mixes in VLC player so I can a/b them. I've looked through the preferences and can't see what is causing this, but I swear it's compressing the audio. Anybody know how to override this? Or can anybody suggest a good clean player for 32bit wavs that has a playlist function? I know this is basic, but I'm just starting out on my mixing journey. Thanks much for your input,
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    I have no idea what you are talking about?
  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    VLC doesn't compress. But it also won't play 32 Bit wav or AIFF files. That being said, nothing will. Your soundcard or external interface is only 24 bits. If you're opening 32 bit (regular or float) files in VLC and it is managing to play them, it's imparting some kind of dithering or it's truncating the word length (which, in both cases, would affect the sound). Of course, I'm assuming you're using a Mac if you're using VLC. In which case, the standard Quicktime Player will do a good job as well. Then of course, there's the iTunes interface too.

  4. Eelucid8

    Eelucid8 Active Member

    Hi Cucco. I'm actually on a PC, but these files are indeed 32 bit which would explain why VLC is having problems interpreting them. I'll knock the tracks down to 16 to fix it. Many thanks. This one has stumped me for awhile!

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