Digital Formats

Not sure about formats? We’ll help you with the best choice for your system

Studio Master HD – 24bit/192kHz

Studio Master HD uses a sampling rate of 192kHz and bit depth of 24bit. This is the closest you can get to experience the subtleties, dynamic range and purity of sound that you hear in live concert recording. You’ll feel like you’re sitting the right in the front row.

  • Quality Maximum
  • Formats FLAC / ALAC
  • File size Tracks between 80-150 MBs, Albums 2.0GB+
  • Track metadata Embedded

Studio Master – 24bit/96kHz

Studio Master format uses a sampling rate and bit depth 3x higher than CD, and 15x higher than MP3 for encoding mastered audio. Listening to 24bit, 96K is the closest you can get to experience the subtleties, dynamic range and purity of sound that you hear in live concert recording. You’ll feel like you’re sitting the right in the front row.

  • Quality Very High
  • Formats FLAC / ALAC
  • File size Tracks between 25 – 30MBs,  Albums at 1.0GB+
  • Track metadata Embedded

CD Quality – 16bit/44.1kHz

CD Standard uses a bit rate and depth 5x higher than MP3, and far better than streaming. Listening to choral and chamber music on CD resolution you’ll discover details and closeness to the sound that are lost in MP3 or streaming audio. CD audio format gives you quality and convenience.

  • Quality CD Standard
  • Formats FLAC / ALAC
  • File size Tracks between 10 – 20MBs, Albums 1GB+
  • Track metadata Embedded

Standard quality MP3 – 320kbps

We encode our MP3s directly from high resolution masters at 320kbps – the top end of MP3 quality. When masters are compressed into MP3, a lot of the detail that engineers work hard to capture is lost, resulting in softer bass vocals, thin top range soprano and flattening of timbral instruments particularly organ and chamber music. The benefit is small file size and wide support on portable devices – recommended only when file size is a priority.

  • Quality Balance of quality and portability
  • Format MP3 – standard format for portable devices
  • File size Tracks between 5 – 10MBs, Albums 700MB
  • Track metadata Embedded

Sample quality MP3 – 128kbps

Preview tracks are encoded into MP3 at bitrates between at 128-160kbps, to enable quick and easy streaming on all devices. Popular streaming sites (e.g. Spotify, Pandora and iTunes) typically use equivalent 160kbps bitrate, and sometimes the higher rate of 320kbps for Premium subscriptions.

  • Quality: Low
  • Formats: Web player only – not available to buy
  • File size: Online only
  • Track metadata: Embedded
Bitrate comparison

FLAC or ALAC?

ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec, suffix .m4a) files are optimised for latest generation Apple OS. These lossless files are up to 40% smaller in size than the original WAV masters, without sacrificing audio quality. They are supported by iTunes without the need for conversion.

FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec, suffix .flac) files optimised for latest generation Window OS. These lossless files are up to 40% smaller in size than the original WAV masters, without sacrificing audio quality. FLAC files are widely supported (though not currently by iTunes) and can be played in a number of freely-available media players on Mac of PC.

Available on request

We get that everyone’s favourite audio setup is different and we’re here to help take the stress out of converting audio formats or ripping CDs.

We offer studio mastered FLAC and WAV formats on a by request, pro-forma invoice basis. Pricing is consistent with our Super HD ALAC products. Email us at info@conviviumrecords.co.uk with your details and audio requirements and we’ll get back to you within 48 hours.