There are so many audio formats out there, choosing one from them to record your audio come sometimes be a very daunting, irritating and confusing task if you are too much into quality of your audio. There are many audio formats available to us like wav, mp3, aiff, wma etc.
Without knowing the difference between them you can’t actually decide which one is best for you. Most people don’t know the difference between these formats, they just simply record without knowing that choosing a better audio format can do wonders for their audio file.
Knowing the Formats
1) WAV Format – It stores uncompressed audio data on Windows computers. It retains 100% original audio quality and is very popular among audio experts also it is very easy to edit a file in WAV format.
2) AIFF Format – AIFF stands for The Audio Interchange File Format. It is an uncompressed audio format most commonly used for storing audio data on Apple Macintosh systems. It is most commonly used by professional audio applicants.
3) MP3 Format – It is commonly used lossy compression audio format. It essentially reduces the file size by omitting data in the file. MP3 is the most commonly used audio format for storing songs on your computer with acceptable quality. Never record in MP3 format unless you don’t have any other option. If you want a file with less size then record in some other format then convert it into MP3 format.
4) AAC Format – Advance Audio Coding (AAC) format is another lossy compression audio format. It is the standard audio format in Apple’s iTunes and ipods.
5) WMA Format – The Windows Media Audio (WMA) format is another lossy compression audio format which is designed by Microsoft to compete against MP3 format.
Most people record their audio files in MP3 format which is the worst in terms of quality. Although the file size in MP3 format is very less but you can reduce your file size by using a file compressor application. There are many compression applications which you can use to compress your audio file.
The best recording formats are which does not temper with the quality of the audio file like WAV Format or AIFF Format. If you are too particular about the size of your audio file then you can compress the file after you record it in either of these two formats.