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We have met the CELT and they is us.

A quick post to mention that I've just put a new demo page up introducing a new audio codec named CELT. It's Xiph's first next-generation audio codec now emerging from the development pipeline, intended for high fidelity use at ultra-low latency.

Follow the above link to a ton more about it. As usual, the demo's got plenty of... well... demo, in addition to eye candy and hard information.

Buried in that larger announcement (about a much larger project) is a mention in passing of Squishyball, a cute little app I wrote last month to do fast/easy/convenient comparison between groups of similar samples. It also performs more rigorous A/B, A/B/X and X/X/Y double-blind testing. We'd all been limping along with harder to use apps that caused us to avoid or put off careful listening tests as part of day-to-day codec development. Hopefully Squishyball fixes that.

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"SILK is now going to become royalty free as part of the process of merging it with CELT and standardizing it in the IETF."
There will still be CELT, standalone, right? Considering SILK+CELT would be best for voice. There are still instances where people would use it for things other than talking, e.g. online concerts (as mentioned in the demo page).
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