When I open a .wav file, Audacity 3.2.1 correctly displays the sample frequency, but always displays “32-bit float” for the bit depth, even when the source file is 16-bit or 24-bit. And when I go to export as .wav file the option for encoding does not necessarily reflect the actual bit depth of the source. (The encoding option appears to default to the last used setting.)
Is there a way within Audacity to display the actual bit depth of the source file?
When I edit within Audacity I am typically just “cropping” the audio and I do not want to process the source in any way-- I do not want to change the bit depth, just export the audio in it’s original form after being trimmed. Audacity doesn’t appear to have a way to show the source bit depth, so I have to use ffprobe to see what the encoding is in advance.