I recorded a series of samples using Audacity and Live and saved them as AIFF, no compression 24-bit int, 44.1k. When I try to load these files into buffer~ they come up, but they are completely distorted, as though the gain has been set very high. This also happens when I load it in other audio programs, such as SoundBooth. But it doesn't happen when I just play the file with Quicktime Player. When I convert the file to WAV and load it, there is no problem.
I'm working on a MBP Retina with OS X 10.8.3.
I've attached one of the files, in case it is useful for solving the problem.