Raw audio format

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RAW Audio format or just RAW Audio is an audio file format for storing uncompressed audio in raw form. Comparable to WAV or AIFF in size, RAW Audio file does not include any header information (sampling rate, bit depth, endian, or number of channels).


Raw files can have a wide range of file extensions, common ones being .raw, .pcm, or .sam.[1][2][3] They can also have no extension.


As there is no header, compatible audio players require information from the user that would normally be stored in a header, such as the encoding, sample rate, number of bits used per sample, and the number of channels.


  1. ^ "audio types – FFmpeg". trac.ffmpeg.org. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  2. ^ "flv - Can ffmpeg convert audio to raw PCM? If so, how?". Stack Overflow. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  3. ^ "Can ffmpeg convert audio from raw PCM to WAV?". Stack Overflow. Retrieved 2020-06-12.

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