Audio Ease BarbaBatch 4
BarbaBatch V4 is a batch sound file conversion program for Mac OSX. It includes version 3.9 for Mac OS9. All information on this page refers to the OSX version. Please click here for info on the OS9 version.
For over a decade BarbaBatch has been winning awards and acclaim for its top quality conversions.
Its unrivaled samplerate conversion algorithm, its support for high end files like BWF, Sonic Solutions and 32 bit float files, its 192kHz sampling rate support and Redbook CD image extraction has made it popular among mastering engineers.
A Wide range of telephony formats together with dynamic compression and samplerate conversion that make low quality audio sound not as low as you'd expect, has made it exell in telephony audio.
Smooth and fast batch capabilities and extensive logging, allowing tens of thousands of files to be converted to multiple output formats in one run make it the production choice for 6 out of 10 top selling computer games.
Automated CD ripping of faded snippets to many streaming sound formats make it ideal for delivery of web based audio.
From the Finder you drag files and folders (multiple file formats are no problem) onto the BarbaBatch input window.
Then you select one or more predefined conversion settings, or you create new settings for a conversion. You select the output destination folder and you hit Go. For each selected conversion a folder will be created and the complete input hierarchy (sub folders and all) will be recreated in the required file format.
For each file type you can set bit rate (kbits/sec) or number of bits per word up to 64 bits.
BarbaBatch offers the highest possible quality in samplerate conversion. Samplerates can range from 1000 Hz to 192 kHz.
Channel processing is flexible. You can mix stereo to mono or vise versa, copy just single channels left or right, create interleaved stereo from split stereo files and vise versa.
Dynamics and gain
There is a normalizer that normalizes to a user set ceiling, but also a look-ahead gating algorithm with very intuitive controls, and a look-ahead peak limiter that makes your audio blast even through the smallest of speakers. The gate and peak limiters are built to straighten out speech, but are often used on musical material as well.
Regions from Wave files, DDP IMAGE.DAT files, and Sonddesigner II files can be extracted to separate files
You can set up the conversion so that it will convert for instance 20 seconds of audio from every input file, starting at second number 15, and creating a 1 second fade in and a 500 msec fade out.
You can fade in and fade out all file types that can be input to BarbaBatch.
Regions, loops markers and Time
Stamps and sampler information
If you set it up to do so, BarbaBatch will try to preserve as much extra information as it can from input to output.
It will recalculate Marker loop and region positions when regions are extracted or when samplerate is converted.
Supported File Formats
- Dawn AIFF
- Sonic Solutions AIFF
- AIFC (uncompressed)
- AIFC IMA 4:1
- Audio CD Tracks
- IInteger/Float - Quicktime Movie
- IMA 4:1 - Quicktime Movie
- QDesign Music Basic (v1 v2) - Quicktime Movie
- Qualcomm Purevoice - Quicktime Movie
- u-law - Quicktime Movie
- a-law - Quicktime Movie
- MACE 3:1- Quicktime Movie
- MACE 6:1- Quicktime Movie
- MPEG 1 Layer I
- MPEG 1 Layer II
- MP3 (LAME codec)
- MP4 AAC
- Sound Designer I
- Sound Designer II
- Wave 32 bit Float (Samplitude)
- Wave u-law
- Wave a-law
- Microsoft ADPCM
- Broadcast Wave - MPEG II (compressed bwf)
- Broadcast Wave - PCM (uncompressed bwf)
- VOC 16 bit
- NeXT/Sun linear (.snd)
- NeXT/Sun u-law (.au)
- NeXT/Sun a-law (.au)
- System 7 Sound
- Dialogic Vox ADPCM (no header)
- Dialogic Vox PCM (no header)
- Dialogic Vox a-law (no header)
- Dialogic Vox u-law (no header)
- Pika (adpcm)
- .vap (single segment Dialogic ADPCM Annotated Voice)
- CCITT G.711 (8 bits a-law, 8 kHz)
- CCITT G.711 (8 bits u-law, 8 kHz)
- CCITT G.721 40 Kbps (4 bits ADPCM, 8 kHz)
- CCITT G.723 16 Kbps (2 bits ADPCM, 8 kHz)
- CCITT G.723 24 Kbps (3 bits ADPCM, 8 kHz)
- CCITT G.723 40 Kbps (5 bits ADPCM, 8 kHz)
- CCITT G.726 24 Kbps (3 bits ADPCM, 8 kHz)
- CCITT G.726 32 Kbps (4 bits ADPCM, 8 kHz)
- CCITT G.726 40 Kbps (5 bits ADPCM, 8 kHz)
- CCITT G.729 8 Kbps (CS-ACELP, 8 kHz)
- Amiga IFF/8SVX
- Paris linear (Ensoniq)
- Dyaxis MacMix (Studer)
- Redbook Audio CD Images (IMAGE.DAT or DDP)
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