For awhile now I've been using .WAV as my preferred file type (44100 16 bit). The problem is that one folder of stems can easily be over 500MB. As my library of loops grows all the time, this is swallowing more and more of my HD space.
I know that mp3's add that annoying bit of silence at the beginning thus making them not sync up properly. But is there any other format that is A) smaller B) of decent quality?
I have no problem compressing files (since the uncompressed WAVs are overkill for most venues).