As for fdkaac_autobuild, just let it die.
Is that something that would be acceptable for a studio recording?
Oh you sweet summer child... lol. Yeah, that's pretty normal for any modern metal mastering. And I say this as a pretty big metal fan myself - I have just resigned myself that it will usually (there are some rare exceptions) be crap in terms of loudness, but don't get me started on a rant.
The only thing "odd" I noticed about the flac is that it is 48khz, which means that it may have been upsampled.
Did you look at the preset in the upper-left corner? Did you ask it to skip recently verified, or verify only if found?I made sure I had it on the preset that I altered the settings with. Skip recently verified was unchecked and had it always verify regardless if found or not.
Now if it is already AR verified, you do not need to run it through CUETools - but if it needs repair, then you want CUETools to find it.The problem was not that Crimson couldn't verify with AR since with the CUE file it does fine, but CUETools not starting the scan for both AR and CTDB cause it thinks it's a full album image. The answer I think I seek is the CDTOC tag which you mentioned earlier or an embedded cue in the FLAC file.
CUETools is disc-based, and its tag of choice is ACCURATERIPIDI actually use this tag all the time when I get an album that has a HTOA. It let's me verify with AR anytime in the future without having to keep HTOA.
Blah blah blah unstructured ... ask if I was too unclear about something that you actually care about.You were pretty clear. I understood everything you explained.
I've tried my hand at ABXing the tracks from that thread. For a second I imagined to be able to hear a difference, but ABX trials quickly proved me wrong. IMHO if there's an audible difference it's so minute that the smallest lack in concentration makes it go away. But admittedly I'm not super good at ABXing. It's also possible that the guy from the reddit thread has some kind of hearing anomaly that allows him to pick up things that we'd miss, because the psychoaccustics are not tuned for his weird ear.
This kind of "spot the difference" game isn't that interesting to me anyway, particularly when it all comes down to listening to the same 2 seconds of a track 50 or more times until you can make out a tiny difference. At that point it's already way, way, beyond what I'd want out of a lossless codec in terms of quality and I'm more than satisified. I'm not going to care about that when I'm just listening to the music. The problem with that particular track for example is not the lossy encoding, but the loudness and low dynamic range of 5 (according to DR meter), which I can do nothing about... codec barely matters here if everything is already so garbled. I'd have a hard time distinguishing all that clipping (see screenshots) from encoding artifacts.
On the decoder side, only two things have changed since 1.2:
- The minor spec changes in RFC 8251 are now enabled by default (they were there but disabled by default in 1.2), which slightly improves voice quality around 16 kb/s and makes mono decodes default to disabling phase inversions.
- There's been security hardening improvements, which makes it even harder for someone to cause problems with malicious files. No change in quality.
Thanks very much for the information jmvalin and all your hard work on this terrific codec.
Yes, you need to run File/iPod/Load library which should cause the iPod contents to appear in the playlist view. Then, select the relevant (or all) tracks in the playlist, right-click on them and select iPod/Update metadata.One more point of confusion for me. I referenced this, https://wiki.yuo.be/dop:config:database. When do you need to both "Update Metadata on iPod" and "Rewrite Database"? Or, is it one or the other?
If you can't see the iPod contents after running Load library, post a screenshot or a video of what happens.
EDIT": I just mapped the database COMPILATION to %compilation% (w/o the brackets ) as you mentioned above. After doing "Load library", I did both a "Update metadata" and "Rewrite database". Now, Music>Compilations on the iPod is empty again. So, something worked, but not as I expected?
EDIT2: I just removed the mapping. Now, Music>Compilations has the two albums that I tagged with IPOD_COMPILATION as before. What's wrong with the mapping? It seems as if I am getting the database update working?