Well, I'm really anxious to try this test. I happen to have broadband, and there's a good number of people that do to. If bandwidth isn't an issue, I think this would be a great way to get more people involved.
But I'll definitely use RAR and not ZIP, because RAR compresses audio much better.
Is there any reason not to use FLAC? It's about as commonly available as RAR.
Make sure you enable 'audio' compression (or 'multimedia' on older versions (there is a seperate 'true color' scheme for uncompressed bitmaps and videos)), and disable the others.
Also, see if increasing the prediction order and MB to use (all in the compression options button of the WinRAR program) increases compression ratios; it can in many cases, but does take much more memory to compress.
BTW, On OS X, FLAC (Its called MacFLAC, latest version, 2.1.2) is availble with a nice GUI as well as Command Line binaries. It works quite Well. Rar is just as good tho
BTW, I created the batch files following your templates, but couldn't get them to properly be converted to exe. One of the bat2exe tools I tried stopped the process at the middle of the batch, the other generated a GPF on ff123's PC. :BCould you tell me what tool were you using? Maybe you can also try using it on this test's batches?
Knowing Roberto it will be only a few hours into the 22nd of September
For some very strange reason, there are quite less results for samples 09 and 11, comparing to what I got for the other samples
Nothing strange, IMHO these are by far the easiest samples on the encoder and the hardest ones on the listeners. I think most people gave up because they couldn't identify more than one or two (or none) of the encoded clips.
Could you please enable some automated notification that the results arrived?I've lost one file in 128k test due to my ISP.BTW, did my results arrive?
Similar experiences/concerns/question here. Another possibility would be publishing a list (without results) of all participants that have submitted results so far ... - if it's not too much of an effort, of course. So everyone who's not on the list can send the results again.