Logic Pro X Audio Recording Formats

Francis

Francis

Composer ⎜ Sound Engineer ⎜ Sound Designer

 

How to choose the audio recording format in Logic Pro X?

In logic Pro x it is possible to determine the format of the audio files to be used for recording this can be found in the Recording Preferences.

Logic Pro X audio format

As can be seen in the image above, we have a choice, because there are three file formats:

Which format to choose?

  • AIFF: Apple Audio Interchange File Format (Apple) by default in Logic Pro X
  • WAVE (BWF): Windows Broadcast audio format from which the term BWF (Broadcast Wave File) is derived
  • CAF: Apple Core Audio File format

AIFF and WAV formats. These are very popular formats that can be read on both Mac and PC. These formats have several advantages.

They can contain information in the form of metadata such as tempo, markers also they can be mono or stereo and even surround. They contain time code information at the time of their recording, which can be very useful if after several editions of the audio region its original position is no longer remembered during recording. In case, there is a function that will allow you to move your audio region to its original recording position. Unfortunately, these formats have a limit in their audio recording capabilities, and this can be annoying on some projects.

They contain time code information at the time of their recording, which can be very useful if after several editions of the audio region its original position is no longer remembered during recording. In case, there is a function that will allow you to move your audio region to its original recording position. Unfortunately, these formats have a limit in their audio recording capabilities, and this can be annoying on some projects.

The CAF format developed by Apple makes it possible to overcome the limitations of AIFF and BWF files ! With the same quality and metadata capabilities. However, this format is not very common in the world of PC audio software.

My suggestion

As far as I am concerned, I chose the BWF format for recording, mixing, mastering as well as for sound bank manufacturing and sound design. When it comes to working on recordings of concerts, “Live” events, a forest atmosphere, a waterfall or stream noise, I opt for the CAF format because in some situations I have recorded for 9 hours continuously.

The question to ask yourself is: “What file format will you send me to make your mix or mastering ? »