Working with files related to digital audio is currently the order of the day, since we use these for all kinds of tasks. Whether to listen to music, as part of other more important projects, or to save sound notes, MP3, WAV , etc., are a constant on the PC.
Relationship between audio quality and file space
Therefore, if we have a wide library of sound files , something more than usual among music lovers, this is a section that they must take care of. And it is that the space in our disk drives is something very valuable, so wasting it is never recommended. It is precisely for all this that many opt for reducing the quality of these audio files, in order to gain space when storing them.
The same happens in the event that we download these files from the Internet. And it is that not everything that we download, including the music, has the quality that we expected before its download. Be that as it may, it may be the case that we are interested in knowing, first hand, if an audio file has its original quality , or has lost part of it. That is something that we can achieve using some software that allows us to determine if these sound files are original, or have lost quality.
Thus, we will be able to know first hand if the music files with which we are dealing have suffered loss of quality or not. To do this, we simply have to use some of the software solutions that we are going to talk about in these same lines. Specifically these will be of great help to us to know if the music that we have on the PC has undergone any conversion before it has caused them to lose sound quality.
Applications to compare the quality of audio files
Trade’s Little Helper
Just by installing this program, we will have the opportunity to check if the files in WAV, FLAC or AIFF format that we have have CD quality . To start we will tell you that the program can be downloaded from this link , and its operation is based on letting us know if an audio file has CD quality, as we mentioned.
It has a simple user interface where we only have to drag and drop the file in question to be analyzed. Once the process is finished as such, the program shows us a report with all the details related to the quality properties of the file so that we know if it has CD quality, or has lost part of it.
Lossless Audio Checker
This is another interesting proposal of this type to check the real quality of the music files we have. In this way, what Lossless Audio Checker really does is analyze the audio tracks without loss and detects transcoding to tell us if this quality is lower than expected.
All this can be achieved by downloading the program as such from this link . It is also worth knowing that the most interesting thing about this proposal is that it does not complicate life at all. It is a portable and free app to which we only have to drag the music files for analysis, without further complications.
One of the main characteristics that this alternative that we are talking about now offers us is that it offers us an attractive and visual user interface . Its operation is just as simple as in the other applications described, since it is enough to load a file in this interface so that its quality is evaluated with respect to the original.
However, some users complain about the reliability of the analyzes carried out here. For example, some of these errors could be detected when parsing files in FLAC format. If you want to get hold of the program and try it first hand, it is something that you can get from this link .
On the other hand, in order to test this program that we discussed in this case, Spek, you can download it from its official website . Also, as in the previous case, here we can draw attention to the careful user interface that its developers offer us.
At the same time it is important to know that your inner workings are somewhat different from what we have seen so far. And it is that Spek is actually an application that, after loading the audio file in question, returns the corresponding acoustic spectrum of it. This will be very helpful for us to instantly know the frequency range of the file. In addition the spectrum will also show us the range of decibels of the file, which helps to know if it has suffered quality losses, or not.
This is another program of this type, also completely free, that helps us to distinguish with the files of the original CDs, from the counterfeits that have loss of quality. So, as we mentioned before, this program is in charge of analyzing these files to see if the uploaded file has leaks. Therefore, with this program we can check the authenticity of your music CDs.
Say that, after downloading it from this link , it provides us with a fairly intuitive and simple user interface. This allows us to work directly with these audio files and offers us an internal spectrum and frequency analyzer.
When it comes to analyzing the sound files that we have stored on our hard drives, Spectro is another very interesting solution in this regard. It is a totally free program that we can download from this link and that is in charge of analyzing our audio files.
Say that the application as such is a sound file analyzer capable of working with formats such as FLAC, APE, MP3 and WAV. Thus, it shows us the most important data of the uploaded files and creates a spectrogram with them. In this way and visually we can quickly detect quality reductions.