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    Watchmen digital

    Before I even begin, I have a feeling that what I'm looking for might not exist.

    Does anybody know where I can legally purchase the three Watchmen soundtracks in high-resolution audio format (WAV/FLAC)?

    I know the first two (not the third?) are available on Amazon as compressed .mp3 files, but I'm hoping that there's some high-res source out there somewhere.

    Thanks everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by william View Post
    Does anybody know where I can legally purchase the three Watchmen soundtracks in high-resolution audio format (WAV/FLAC)?
    I think Tidal is your one-stop-shop for all three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by piggy View Post
    Fair warning: I bought the bundle and ran the tracks through Lossless Audio Checker, which said that all the tracks were upsampled. Make of that what you will.

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    Ok, didn't know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRoswell View Post
    Fair warning: I bought the bundle and ran the tracks through Lossless Audio Checker, which said that all the tracks were upsampled. Make of that what you will.
    yes, I *cough* found these online and was surprised to see they also came back as upsampled/mp3 sourced when i checked them, good (or not) to see it's the same on the "official" stores versions, makes me wonder tho.

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    So how can they get away with charging so much money for upsampled MP3s? That's not ok!

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    Quote Originally Posted by piggy View Post
    So how can they get away with charging so much money for upsampled MP3s? That's not ok!
    fyi i did test the ghosts 5 & 6 with TLH and its the same story, some tracks come back as mpeg. I believe the current flac for ghosts 5 & 6 come from tidal, it may be tidal too for the watchmen flac floating around, there may be some sort of something in their lossless encoding that doesn't sit well with these lossless tester.

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    That tester is bunk. It doesn't work. False positives galore.

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    Well, I wasn't expecting to get this far.

    I'll be blunt, that AcousticSounds website looks a little... sketchy. But it DOES have all three albums in digital formats. But can I trust those files?
    On the other hand, can I download WAV/FLAC from Tidal? I don't use that service so I'm not 100% certain of what it can/can't do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by william View Post
    Well, I wasn't expecting to get this far.

    I'll be blunt, that AcousticSounds website looks a little... sketchy. But it DOES have all three albums in digital formats. But can I trust those files?
    On the other hand, can I download WAV/FLAC from Tidal? I don't use that service so I'm not 100% certain of what it can/can't do.
    Not officially to where you can keep them and move the files around after your membership expires. Github does have tidal-gui and tidal-dl; you'll want gui unless you're on linux:

    https://github.com/Boosted300blk/Tidal-Media-Downloader

    Lossless Audio Checker is a little bunk; I've had much better success with auCDtect (16/44.1 only). Something like Trader's Little Helper which acts as a front-end and has other functions. That being said, the lossless checkers are terrible in general for electronic music. Use Spek and your peepers / ears.

    AcousticSounds does look a little old school, but they're the real-deal.

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    Lossless Audio Checker does not detect MP3 transcodes (it says so right on its download page). It does detect AAC transcodes, and in my limited testing, it actually does that pretty well. The verdict of "upsampling" means that LAC thinks the audio went from, for example, 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz. I have found this detection to be iffy sometimes. "Upscaling" means that it thinks it went from, say, 16-bit to 24-bit. I have not tested this and so have no experience with its accuracy for detecting that. If anything though, I think it would tend to have false postives, but not false negatives. Given that, plus my skepticism of the upsampling detection, I believe that these probably are true 24/48 files.

    For detecting MP3 transcodes, you want to use auCDtect. I have found its accuracy to be a bit hit or miss though.

    TIDAL purchases are limited to 16/44. Given the current 15% off code at Acoustic Sounds, I think the bundle there is the best place to buy Watchmen digital.

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    I bought all 3 volumes from Acoustic Sounds and I ran the tracks through Spek and they are 100% not upsamples. Theres information all the way up to 24kHz.

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    The Acoustic Sounds downloads are exact 24bit 48kHz files. Just like the 24/48 downloads of the songs not on vinyl were.

    Lossless Audio Checker is a pile of shit. Probably would give the same false positives to the aforementioned downloads from nin.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRoswell View Post
    Fair warning: I bought the bundle and ran the tracks through Lossless Audio Checker, which said that all the tracks were upsampled. Make of that what you will.
    As countless others have mentioned, Lossless Audio Checker should not be trusted here. The Watchmen files available on acoustic sounds are functionally equivalent to what we've all come to expect from nin.com downloads. I imagine there's some legal or licensing reason these weren't made available directly from nin.com, but I can't speak to that aspect with any authority.

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    Unfortunately, acousticsounds.com won't allow purchases of digital products from outside the USA.

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    This is all great information, thanks guys!

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    Excellent. This turned out to be way more useful than I feared. Thanks everyone.

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