[ardour-users] problem improting .wav into Cubase

Matthew Polashek matt at tinysongs.com
Sun Mar 5 19:00:51 PST 2006

hmm....having the choice to recording the .aiff format or either .wav 
format is a wonderful idea.  SDII would be nice too, but that's probably 

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Jesse Chappell wrote:
> On 3/5/06, Paul Davis <paul at linuxaudiosystems.com> wrote:
>> On Sun, 2006-03-05 at 12:57 -0500, Matthew Polashek wrote:
>>> Hi!
>>> I recorded a show live last night (16 channels X 3 hours and Ardour
>>> .99.2-tiger ran without a hitch or even an Xrun on my G4 450 with a MOTU
>>> 2408!!!) and I gave a guy with Windows Cubase SX1 the files and he is
>>> unable to import them into the software as it doesn't recognize the
>>> format.  I think my Ardour (OSX version) recorded the files as
>>> "Broadcast WAVE" as opposed to "WAVE."  Could that be the problem?  Any
>>> thoughts?
>> the files are broadcast wave, with the data chunk in floating point
>> format.
>> if SX cannot handle this, i am flabbergasted. not handling BWF is a
>> basic violation of handling any RIFF format (if you don't understand any
>> chunk you ignore it, and the difference between .wav and BWF is just an
>> extra chunk). the floating point format is more understandable, but
>> still pretty shameful.
> No, the problem is probably that they are the uncommon RIFX format
> (big-endian wav).  Not surprising cubase doesn't know what they are. 
> This is partially our fault, we should probably be using AIFFs on
> big-endian plaforms as the native format for best interopability.
> Exporting each track from ardour is probably the easiest (but most
> time-consuming) way to get them in a format cubase would understand.
> Sorry about that....
> jlc

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