[ProAudio] 4-channel program distribution format(s)

Bob Shumaker rshumaker at aol.com
Tue Jan 24 18:36:29 PST 2023

 I've worked with a number of electronic music composers since about 1970 and there certainly wasn't any standard for the channels of quad/surround concerts at the time.

  Hi, All, I was asked to digitize a small collection of the early work of of an electronic music composer from the 1960s and 1970s. The person sponsoring the work would like to know how to possibly distribute these recordings, perhaps for sale, but is interested in preserving them for as long as possible. The obvious suggestion is WAV files in a trusted digital repository. I already have the sets of 4 mono WAV files at 192/24 that I made. The question is "now what?" One friend says he doesn't know much about the mechanics, but his Oppo player will handle just about any released quad he's found either on an optical disc or on a thumb drive downloaded. Are there any standards for formatting multichannel WAV or FLAC files (both are capable of this). The composer's standard was starting at rear right (1) going clockwise to front right (4). My few 1970s recordings in quad were 1,2 and 3,4 for front/rear--I think--though the one quarter track one I did was perhaps LR LF RF RR to keep the front channels away from the edges--I haven't seen that tape for years, but I may still have it. I was fairly good with metadata from the start.
  Is there any ISO standard for 4.0 distribution? Any help/suggestions on how to do the "right" thing would be appreciated! I have spent time searching, but I'm not finding the right keywords, I guess.
  Thanks! Cheers, Richard
Richard L. Hess                   email: richard at richardhess.com
Aurora, Ontario, Canada           http://www.richardhess.com/
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