dBpoweramp: Wave Encoder
Supported by this Codec
- Encoding: Yes [.wav]
- Multi-processor Encoding: Yes (with dBpoweramp reference)
- Decoding: Yes [.wav, .wave]
- ID Tag Reading: Yes [Wave LIST & ID3 Tags]
- ID Tag Writing: Yes [Wave LIST & ID3 Tags]
- Unicode Tagging: Yes with ID3
- Supports Album Art: Yes with ID3
- Gapless Encoding & Decoding: Yes
- Unicode Filenames: Yes
Setting bits, channels and frequency to [as source] ensures the wave file matches the quality of the source.
Wave was developed by Microsoft and IBM, using the RIFF 'chunk' container format. Majority of Wave files are uncompressed PCM, however can also store compressed audio (requires a system ACM codecs to decode).
ID Tag Details
Wave files can store limited (choice of fields) ID Tags in a Wave LIST chunk, or a full range id ID Tags in an 'id3 ' chunk (which is an id3v2 tag). By default both types of tags are written for maximum compatibility. Not all programs can read these chunks.
dBpoweramp Configuration offers advanced options for this codec (dBpoweramp Configuration >> Codecs >> Advanced Options):
Wave ID Tagging
This section allows for configuration of LIST tags, to set optimum compatibility with decoding program. Padding can be used so that when ID Tags are edited the whole file does not need rewriting.
Write Extensible Header: Microsoft introduced
an extended wave header called Extensible, the idea is to offer more
fields for high definition audio. The only fly-in-the-ointment is
compatibility of programs and the extensible header. This option can
switch to never write an extensible header.
Encoding: compress and write audio track,
Decoding: uncompress and read the track,
ID Tags: meta data such as artist & album are embedded inside the audio file,
Lossless: compression without audio quality loss,
Lossy: audio quality is sacrificed (how much depends on bitrate and codec used) to achieve smaller files,
Gapless: allows the decoder to decode audio stream without gaps (silence),
Multi-processor Encoding: for multi core processors multiple files can be compressed at once fully using all cores.