General Guides to our music formats - downloads or CDs
Click here for an introduction to Pristine Classical Downloads
Downloads are offered in two formats - MP3 and FLAC.
The MP3 format is lossy - that means information is thrown away in order to compact the size of the file down. Our older recordings are offered at lower bit-rates than our current high resolution 320kbps offerings, though all of them sound very good, and hard to distinguish from the originals. MP3s are supplied as single, long files and can be split using the Cue file at the bottom of each music page and cue splitter software, as explained in our tutorials.
FLAC recordings are truly lossless - clever compression allows the full signal to emerge, unadulterated, when they are decoded, and can perfectly recreate the CD master. Standard FLACs are mono, 16-bit CD-resolution files. Many of our recordings are also encoded into Ambient Stereo, offered also as a 16-bit FLAC download. Both of these can be easily copied onto audio CD using appropriate software.
24-bit FLACs are the highest resolution we offer and require appropriate replay equipment or software - there are suggestions on our website - and are not intended for copying to CD. The easiest way to appreciate these studio master quality files is through transfer to DVD and replay through a good DVD player - or directly from your PC or Mac.
When you place an order for downloads, your payment is handled securely through PayPal - you can pay by card or using a PayPal account. Once complete, you'll be passed on to our download page where your purchases await you. A confirmation e-mail will be sent with a link to this page, which allows you two weeks and several download tries. If you lose a download through hard drive errors you can request a resend from us and download again using the original link and clicking on Request Additional Downloads, or by sending us an e-mail request.
Click here for an introduction to Pristine Classical CDs
Our CDs are made to order using the very highest quality Taiyo Yuden Watershield discs, guaranteed data-secure by their manufacturer for 100 years.
Premium CDs and Ambient Stereo CDs are the mono and Ambient Stereo versions respectively of our releases. Each comes with jewel case and full colour printed inserts.
Standard CDs are a money-saver - the same disc as included in our Premium CDs is sent to you in a simple paper slip cover, postage included, for €10/disc, saving you nearly 30% of the full price of the Premium CD. Covers can of course be downloaded from our and printed off if you wish to create your own inserts for these discs.
CDs are made to order and posted from France, normally within a few days of order, and sent internationally by priority Air Mail. Although we aim to provide a swift and speedy service some delays are possible at busy times, therefore please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. Should your discs arrive damaged, please get in touch and we'll send out replacements immediately.
Our worldwide shipping rates are based on total order price:
Up to €10 = €1.50
€10.01- €30 = €3.00
€30.01- €75 = €5.00
€75.01- €200 = €10.00
Over €200 = FREE