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Can you change the Foobar default folder?
I'm kind of a long time casual FooBar 2000 User.

I'm still using FooBar2000 0.9.4.3, but I didn't see a way to do this in Foobar 1.1.8 either - but it seems like it should be simple enough.

I only use FooBar for converting files, but it's a great program.

Anyway - when I launch FB and select Add Directory, it points to G:\My Documents (I think).  I want it to point to something like G:\Data\Music\Temp\New\ (and then I can drill down from there).

I tried typing that in manually, but it didn't work the next time I opened FB.

FB will typically open to the last folder I selected, but I typically move the files so that folder no longer exists.

Thanks in advance!!!

Can you change the Foobar default folder?
Reply #1


This is similar to what I am looking for from MP3Tag - the middle option - favorite folder and "Start From This Folder" - I just don't know if something similar exists for Foobar or if it could be added (or if I could modify a command line  or other shortcut to specify that).

Thanks!

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Reply #2
Ctrl-P (or File/Preferences)
Look under Media Library and note the Add button.

Is that what you're after?
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Can you change the Foobar default folder?
Reply #3
Okay, I "almost" got it to do what I want.

I think if I make a shortcut with "foobar2000 \addlocation G:\data\music\temp\new" it will scan all files in subdirectories of that (I think I can disable that, but forget how) and play one file, and then I can click stop and clear files and "Add Folder" should default to G:\data\music\temp\new.

Still not ideal, but it's a starting point.
  • Last Edit: 10 December, 2012, 12:15:06 PM by Tiger-Heli

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Reply #4
Ctrl-P (or File/Preferences)
Look under Media Library and note the Add button.

Is that what you're after?


No, that doesn't seem to do what I want.  It's mostly my own fault with my file structure.

Here's an example:

I open Foobar - no files are selected.  Let's say I want to convert the music files in G:\data\music\temp\new\someartist-somealbum.

I select "File - Add Folder" and it comes up at "My Documents", so I have to drill up to "Computer", then down to G:\, down to Data, etc.

If I left the folder, Foobar would start at G:\data\music\temp\new\someartist-somealbum, but I usually re-name or delete that folder when I am done, so I have to start over again.

What I want is for FB to start at G:\data\music\temp\new\ - which will always be there and then I just have to drill down to subfolders of that folder.

Thanks

Can you change the Foobar default folder?
Reply #5
I figured out two workarounds that will get me where I want to be.  Not what I was planning, but ...

Instead of selecting "Add Folder" from the menu, I can simply drop the folder I want to add from explorer.

And instead of using "Convert To" and specifying a destinatation folder, I think I can specify an default "Output" folder and then move the files to my desired folder after the conversion.


Can you change the Foobar default folder?
Reply #6
It pretty much works - I had to use 1.1.8 b/c 0.9.4 did not have an explicit option to save to a specified folder.

One thing - under MP3 (LAME) - 0.9.4 had an option for fast mode (--vbr-new).  I didn't see this in 1.1.8 and it seemed much slower - is there any way to enable it?

Not a big deal if you can't.

Thanks!

Can you change the Foobar default folder?
Reply #7
More progress - Foobar 1.0 has the option to export to a specified folder and still has the fast option - so it should do what I want.

A component called "Command Line Decoder Wrapper" looks like it should work with the newest version as well, but I can't tell how to set it up to do that.

Figured it out - looks like I should be able to add the parameter if I select "Custom" for the decoder - even without installing the Command Line Decoder Wrapper.

Thanks!
  • Last Edit: 11 December, 2012, 07:49:55 AM by Tiger-Heli

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Reply #8
Command-line Decoder Wrapper is for decoders, not for encoders.

Can you change the Foobar default folder?
Reply #9
Command-line Decoder Wrapper is for decoders, not for encoders.


Good point.

After FURTHER further research, --vbr-new is not required after LAME 3.97 (which is what I think I was using) - so while selecting Custom will enable it, it looks like the better option is simply to update my version of LAME.

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Reply #10
After FURTHER further research, --vbr-new is not required after LAME 3.97 (which is what I think I was using) - so while selecting Custom will enable it, it looks like the better option is simply to update my version of LAME.
The best solution is to stop worrying and use the converter presets.
It's only audiophile if it's inconvenient.

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Reply #11
The best solution is to stop worrying and use the converter presets.

Appreciate, it, but no ...

With LAME 3.97 (which I was using) and FB 1.1.8, the presets use the --vbr-old setting which is slower and generally not as good.

The best solution was to educate myself on what had changed in LAME and why FB2000 no longer had the --vbr-new option directly available.

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Reply #12
The presets dropped the vbr-old switch some time ago, they only still contain that switch if you haven't reset the presets to their defaults since it was changed. They currently don't specify either --vbr-new or --vbr-old, and the default in current versions is vbr-new, as far as I know.

Can you change the Foobar default folder?
Reply #13
Kode54 - Agreed - I was responding to Kohlrabi who said the best solution was to just use the presets, and I didn't word my reply correctly.

In my case, I was using an old version of Lame (probably 3.97), with a new 1.1.8 version of Foobar.  In that case, the presets result in the -old switch configuration b/c you are not specifying the -new switch and -old was the previous LAME default.

I didn't mean to imply that FB2K was specifically sending the -old preset, but with that version of LAME, that is essentially what was happening.

All is good now.
  • Last Edit: 12 December, 2012, 12:59:15 PM by Tiger-Heli