The IRCAM audio format is a digital audio file format developed by the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM) in France. The format was designed to support high-quality digital audio recordings and is optimized for use in music and sound production. IRCAM audio files are typically stored in a file format with the ".snd" extension. The format is a multi-channel, sample-based format that supports 16-bit or 24-bit integer or floating-point sample data. The format also supports a variety of sample rates and can store metadata such as file and track information, as well as timecode information. The IRCAM audio format is primarily used in professional audio production environments, such as music studios and post-production houses, where high-quality digital audio recordings and editing are required. The format is not widely supported by consumer-level media players or software applications, but there are third-party conversion tools that can convert IRCAM files to more widely supported formats like WAV or AIFF.