[ardour-users] newbie: exporting to mp3
paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Tue Sep 13 17:19:33 PDT 2005
On Wed, 2005-09-14 at 03:39 +0200, Esben Stien wrote:
> Andy Joslin <andy.joslin at gmail.com> writes:
> > I see that there is not an option (out of the box) to export to an
> > mp3 format.
> This is because of the patent issue.
no its not, although that is a relevant issue.
the real problems are:
1) converting audio to some kind of compressed format is
an operation with a huge number of parameters that
the user may potentially want to control. there are
already good interfaces for doing this, and i do not
see a lot of point in reimplementing a complex
GUI element within Ardour when this functionality is
available for free, with ongoing development and support,
from several other more focused projects. This is not
Windows - one application doesn't have to do everything.
2) I am not sure of the role that I think compressed audio
(not FLAC, i mean lossy compression) plays in the operation
of a DAW. compressed audio formats are an artifact of
inadequate network bandwidth and/or flash memory and/or
disk space. this means they have an expected shelf live
of another 3-8 years (at a guess). I prefer to think
that the job of a DAW is to produce the best possible
audio, presumably in PCM format, and then leave it to
more appropriate other tools to convert that when
necessary to compressed formats.
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