The AIFF codec is a codec which reads and writes files which
comply with the AIFF/AIFC specification.
AIFF files created with this
codec contain linear audio, making this a lossless codec.
AIFC files can contain linear and compressed formats (such as a-law,
u-law, ACE2-1, ACE8-3, MAC3-1, etc..). This codec will read and display
the compression type in compressed files, but will only decode the
Supported by this Codec
- Encoding: Yes [.aif]
- Multi-processor Encoding:
Yes (with dBpowerAMP reference)
- Decoding: Yes [.aif, .aiff, .aifc (only display) ]
- ID Tag Reading: Yes
- ID Tag Writing: Yes
- Unicode Tagging: Yes
- Supports Album Art: Yes
- Gapless Encoding &
- Explorer Audio Popup
- Explorer Columns: Yes
- Unicode Filenames: Yes
Windows 98 or newer, dBpoweramp
R12 or newer required.
These are the available options
when converting to AIFF:
Bit depth sets the bit
depth of the output file(s). Bit depths are available from 8 to 32
bits. "[as source]" is the default setting and uses the bit depth of
the source file.
Sample rate sets the
sample rate for the output file(s). Sample rates are available from 8
to 192kHz. "[as source]" is the default setting and uses the sample
rate of the source file.
sets how many channels will be encoded in the output file(s). "[as
source]" is the default setting and uses the number of channels in the
source file (recommended).
AIFF (Audio Interchange File
Format) is one
of the two most-used audio file formats used in the Apple Macintosh
operating system. The other is Sound Designer II (SDII). AIFF is
sometimes referred to as "Apple Interchange File Format."
The extension for this file type is ".aif" of ".aiff" when it is used
on a PC. On
a Mac, the file extension is not needed. A Mac file uses a Type and
Creator resource to identify itself to the operating system and the
applications that can open it.
An AIFF file contains the raw audio data, channel information
(monophonic or stereophonic), bit depth, sample rate, and
application-specific data areas. The application-specific data areas
let different applications add information to the file header that
remains there even if the file is opened and processed by another
application. For example, a file could retain information about
selected regions of the audio data used for recalling zoom levels not
used by other applications.
The AIFC variation of the AIFF specification was conceived to allow
compressed audio to be contained within AIFF files. A number of
platform specific compression formats were allowed, which have since
been superceded by more efficient compression methods such as MP3, WMA,
The AIFF codec supports the use
of iTunes ID3 tags.
There are no advanced
options for this codec.
allows compressions from the command-line, commands specific to this
sets the bit depth to 8 bits.
the bit depth to 16 bits.
the bit depth to 24 bits.
the bit depth to 32 bits.
sets the sample rate to 8kHz
the sample rate to 11kHz
the sample rate to 12kHz
the sample rate to 16kHz
the sample rate to 22kHz
the sample rate to 24kHz
the sample rate to 32kHz
the sample rate to 44,1kHz
the sample rate to 48kHz
the sample rate to 96kHz
the sample rate to 192kHz
sets the number of channels to 1
the number of channels to 2 (stereo)
the number of channels to 3
-channels="4" sets the number of
channels to 4 (quadraphonic)
the number of channels to 5 (surround)
the number of channels to 6 (5.1 surround)
the number of channels to 7
the number of channels to 8 (7.1 theater)
-convert_to="Aiff" -bits="16" -freq="44100"
The above example
will create the file "c:\outfile.aif", an AIFF file with 16 bits, 2
channels (stereo) and a sample rate of 44.1kHz.
and write an audio file,
Decoding: uncompress, or read an audio file,
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),
Explorer Audio Popup: a dBpoweramp function, hold
the mouse over a supported audio file and details contained are
Explorer Columns: columns can be added to Explorer
Windows such as bitrate & ID Tag elements,
Multi-processor Encoding: for dual processor, or multi core
processors multiple files can be compressed at once fully using both
(or more) CPUs.
Command Line: text interface, where commands are typed
(start >> run >> cmd to get to the command line).