[ardour-users] newbie: exporting to mp3

Paul Roberts raulpoberts at gmail.com
Tue Sep 13 17:39:31 PDT 2005

I agree with Paul about the functionality of a DAW not including lossy 
compression since the objectives of those two elements are very different 
and there are so many quality applications that already exist for that 

I disagree with perspective that compressed audio formats are an artifact 
with a shelf life of 3-8 years. However this is not the forum for that 


On 9/13/05, Paul Davis <paul at linuxaudiosystems.com> wrote:
> 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.
> --p
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