I used to dj with vinyl back in the day. Am now wanting to get back in the game. What is the best file format to bye tunes in, mp3 or wav. I want to play through pa sound systems.

  • Why is vinyl not under consideration? It still sounds awesome. – Todd Wilcox Aug 8 '17 at 20:23
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    Without some criteria about what you qualities you seek in the file format, I'm afraid this might be too subjective and a matter of opinion. Are there particular considerations you're weighing? Or are there specific goals that you seek to achieve through the file format? – jdjazz Aug 8 '17 at 21:28
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    disagree, file format usage is not opinion based at all. – Felice Pollano Aug 10 '17 at 16:00
  • Your right Tod, vinyl is my format of choice. Sounds great and handles beautifully on the platter (slip mat, deck) today unless specified most set ups are digital, sometimes a combo of digital and vinyl. If I had the funds I would indulge in both. So, for conveniences, its got to be digital for now. – miles mahoney Aug 11 '17 at 19:52

.wav files retain all of the information. .mp3 is a lossy compressed format, so it contains less information than .wav files. If you want to share a song on a site to get an idea on what you produced, that is ok to do it with an mp3 file. If you need to use sound in your composition, or if you want to release a master, a lossless file format is needed. Even if you want to export your music in order to be played in a loop, a .wav format is better: .mp3 formats can add some inaccurate results and some horrible click sounds when the loop restarts.

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    I agree, when storage space was an issue MP3 was useful. Now that you can get terabyte solid state drives, uncompressed WAV format will give you the most utility. – Alphonso Balvenie Aug 8 '17 at 20:08
  • WAVs take forever to load on websites such as Dropbox. MP3s still load much faster. – Dekkadeci Aug 9 '17 at 8:58
  • its all about the quality of sound – miles mahoney Aug 11 '17 at 20:20

Through a disco system, anything over 128kbs MP3 will be just fine. It's not a hi-fi environment.

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