the Winamp plugin: what is noise shaping and what do the options mean (from low to high)?
FLAC is known for having lower CPU usage than MAC when decoding. I made a short comparison with Winamp and the w2k taskmanager. When I turned dithering and replaygain on in FLAC plugin CPU usage seemed to be similar to MAC playback (source file was 44.1kHz 16bit so dithering shouldn't have kicked in). Is noise shaping or replaygain responsible for this?
is FLAC gapless?
In Mike Wren's Guide I read about creating a fingerprint file which differs from the likes of MD5 in a way that it only uses audio info for creating checksums which is immune to changing tags. The FLAC version he offers for download is 1.1.0b and the GUI in the pictures is different from Speek's. On the official sourceforge mirror 1.1.0 is the latest version. Thus is this fingerprint option (and also some others) a hack by him or has it been programmed by jcoalson? Has anyone tried this yet, is it useful?
And a last one: I remember that someone once posted about a tool able to create additional files out of the source files. These could be used later to reconstruct any broken source file. In the case a CD-R backup would deteriorate, one could reconstruct damaged tracks. What was the name of this utility?
OGG tags anyone? Or does nobody use them in combination with FLAC? Are there any disadvantages?
Thx M, I did like you described and it worked like a charm. I had it a bit different. I didn't have tag.exe in the same directory as the other binaries (frontend, flac). I encoded to FLAC with the option 'add tags' which always gave me id3v1 (long filenames were cut). My second try was tagging with tag.exe and Speek's frontend which also produced id3v1 only. Is it also possible to tag OGG with Speek's frontend/tag.exe?Is there a way to see that a file has OGG tags? It seems to work fine the way you said but when I view a FLAC/OGG with tag.exe it doesn't tell me the tag type, like it does with id3v1/2/ape1/2.
your-flac-here.flacFormat: FLACDetails: 44100 Hz Stereo, xxx kbps, playtime xx:xxTag: FLAC <-------------------------------------------( see this entry! )Title: your song hereArtist: your artist hereAlbum: your album hereYear: xxxxTrack: xxGenre: your genre hereComment: your comment here
I used MAC till now and consider switching over to FLAC.
Is the FLAC Winamp2 plugin from Feb 7 (1.0beta6) ready for primetime? I didn't know there was a more updated version than what's in the v1.0.0 release. I've been using it this afternoon and it seems stable enough... if there aren't any outstanding bugs with it, I'd like to include it in with the installer package. What's the word?