You could also do it in winamp if you manually edit the encoder settings INI file (i think it's %appdata%\winamp\plugins\ml_transcode.ini), although the configuration UI *might* revert to a different bitrate when it gets displayed. You could uncheck "show me this every time" in the pre-transcode configuration UI to avoid that, though.
Sample 01 - Reunion BluesSample 02 - CastanetsSample 03 - Berlin DrugSample 04 - Enola GaySample 05 - MalherSample 06 - Toms DinerSample 07 - I want to break freeSample 08 - Skinny2aSample 09 - Fugue Premikres notesSample 10 - Jerkin Back n ForthSample 11 - BlackwaterSample 12 - Dogies Sample 13 - ConvulsionSample 14 - TrumpetSample 15 - A trainSample 16 - EnchantmentSample 17 - ExperienciaSample 18 - Male speechSample 19 - Smashing Pumpkins - Earphoria Sample 20 - on the roof with Quasimodo
Sample 01 - Reunion Blues
And another kind request: Please check for artifacts in the 20 Winamp encodings which are similar to the one Alex B described. These reveal a (rare) bug. I did a brief test and couldn't find any, so that bug doesn't seem to show up in the test samples, but I'm sick at the moment, and my hearing sucks.
Reunion Blues is ''Jazz''And "1.flac" is Smashing Pumpkins - Earphoria
I haven't found any issues.
@jukkap Can you open the new topic and tell us more about upcoming Dolby Pulse AAC encoder?
I'd find it great if you could give FhG another chance.
I think your decision was overkill. FhG encoder is one of the most interesting participants in this test. Could you give it another chance?
I don't think it's a waste of time to test FAAC, by far most AAC content is encoded with it, especially in the 96kbps range. Testing FAAC can provide clear and up to date argumentation for why many internet services should or shouldn't keep using a free solution as opposed to a commercial solution.