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General - (fb2k) / Help with filters
Last post by Mrakobes -
The task is to display the path in the filters, or rather part of the path - the folder in the middle of the path

Eg: g:\Audio\Metal\Swallow the Sun\2021 - Name Album

My music is sorted on the disk by genre - I want to sort genres without nested and parent folders, how to experiment with variables?

%_path% / %_directoryname%
General Audio / Re: Categorizing music by genre
Last post by Shot2 -
Do you have that dash in the name of your genres "Pop-Rock" or you just used it on the forum?
Do you put hard rock bands in "Pop-Rock" as well. Right?

I use the dash in the tag, yes; could use a slash but when (automatically) sorting the music into folders (with Foobar) it gets converted to a dash anyway.
Yes, it is a catch-all category for anything pop- or rock-like or -related (e.g. what some others consider "disco", "progressive" or other subtle distinctions, whatever they mean by that). As I'm no huge "rock" fan (even though I'm a geologist) that's enough for my needs.
General - (fb2k) / Re: Docker Foobar200 image
Last post by Case -
Case, what do you think of these two software packages; Audio Optimizer and Fidelizer Pro? I do not own them but found them referred to in some other discussions. They are supposed to shut down extraneous processes in a Windows based music server to reduce jitter. Are they snake oil in your opinion?
They might in theory work on some machine, but not the way the authors describe. There are known cases of harware monitoring tools and broken drivers causing DPC latency issues that make realtime audio playback glitchy. If these tools happened to close whatever process or driver was responsible for the issue then they would introduce an actual improvement in sound. But if one suffers from this problem the solution is not to buy these expensive tools but to uninstall the bad software / find the broken driver and update or disable it.

As Porcus' link showed, extra process activity does not cause extra jitter.
General - (fb2k) / Re: DSF file playback
Last post by Case -
The bit depths you see are reported by the decoders. Assuming you use identical status bar configuration on both machines the differences must be caused by you having different version of foo_input_sacd.

The built-in update check can only update components that exist in the official component repository. SACD decoder isn't there, it must be updated manually.

PS: you can safely remove foo_input_dsdiff.
General Audio / Re: Categorizing music by genre
Last post by zoliky -
Yes, Pop/Rock seems to be the catchall genre. I found a book on Google mentioning the same.

I'll go with that, it's much easier for me to just put bands like Pink Floyd, Queen, Van Halen, Madonna, and all these together. I really don't have the time and energy to think what Rock or what Pop are they and it doesn't worth it. I will only create separate genres for music like R&B, Country, New Age, or Christmas.

Pop and Rock are two of trickiest genres, some pop music has rock elements in it, some don't.  I think that's why the allmusic website uses a similar approach putting the two together, or Spotify even dropping all the genre thing and don't even showing them up. I will rely on the artist name for searching for music. I don't really collect compilations.
General Audio / Re: Does retagging FLAC albums can affect the integrity of FLAC files?
Last post by zoliky -
Often a FLAC is created with a padding block in the header.
As long as the edits of the meta data fits in, the file is not rewritten.
If it doesn't the file must be re-written.
Proper tagging software won't alter the audio part. The MD5 also remains the same so you can always test the audio part
FLAC –t FileToTest.FLAC

When a metadata field is changed is the data in the padding block overwritten? just asking because when I had covers embedded and removed the cover, the cover disappeard in the media playing software but it was still present in the padding taking up space unless I ran these two commands, which brought back the file sizes as they were before the covers were added:

     metaflac --remove --block-type=PICTURE,PADDING --dont-use-padding *.flac
     metaflac --remove-tag=COVERART  --dont-use-padding *.flac

I think that's not the case with regular text data. I just update existing text fields like genre and do not add additional ones.
General Audio / Re: Does retagging FLAC albums can affect the integrity of FLAC files?
Last post by zoliky -
Yes, I'm using rsync but I'm going to upgrade to a new hard drive so I will re-upload all the albums to it again. In this situation keeping the old date won't be an issue, as the new HDD will be empty when I run rsync. The rsync software will want to push them all when it will notice the folders aren't present on the new drive. But yes, for future edits that's a good thing to consider.