Is a format of audio/video data, which is the most popular today. It can contain files encoded by different codecs, but they will be played in sync and create a unified image to the end user. AVI container supports function in multi-threaded mode, and allows different ratios of audio and video codecs.
SPHERE (SPeech HEader Resources) is a file format defined by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) and is used with speech audio. SoX can read these files when they contain μ-law and PCM data. It will ignore any header information that says the data is compressed using shorten compression and will treat the data as either μ-law or PCM. This will allow SoX and the command line shorten program to be run together using pipes to encompasses the data and then pass the result to SoX for processing.