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MP3 - Tech / Re: Completely confused over these Spectrum readouts?! Encoding MP3
Last post by Porcus -
I would rip CDs to lossless (do that only once!) and then encode MP3s from those files.

Does this make a difference??  What I like about EAC is I can encode straight from CD, well it converts to WAV and then encodes using LAME on the fly.  Again this is obviously a big time saver!

The "difference" it makes is that then you have the lossless file and can produce whatever lossy format from the file next time, rather than rip it again. You say you use only lossless for your 'proper' DJing, so why not have the lossless files? Having to re-rip the same CD does not sound like a "big time saver".
A format like FLAC has other advantages, like being checksummed (and thus can be verified for file errors - WAV/AIFF/ALAC-in-MP4 do not have a checksum!) and taking up less space. In my collection, 10 GB stores 24 hrs of music (CD -> FLAC). A 1 TB drive takes 100 days and nights of music. And that is predominantly metal, that takes more than average space.

(On the dancefloor, people would not hear the difference between lossless and MP3s@320 or even a third of that - provided your software guards against digital clipping. Don't confuse bad music for bad format!)
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: iPod manager
Last post by musicmusic -
You could add an album remapping that checks if the album is 'Greatest Hits' and then appends the album artist if so. I'm not sure you're going to get much better than that.
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General Audio / Re: Need Advice To Replace iTunes mp3 with FLAC
Last post by tehabe -
The biggest advantage of Bandcamp is, that more of the money you pay goes to the artist. Bandcamp only gets 15% of the price you pay. You can feel much better about helping a band or musician you like. But that you can lose bought albums is a downside. On the other hand, when I bought my first album, I don't think Bandcamp had fan account where the music was being stored. I only noticed that after I deleted my music backup by mistake.
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Site Related Discussion / Re: Why am I banned?
Last post by TheEmpathicEar -
You could try finding a more reputable VPN that doesn't get blacklisted for spamming, but if you goal is to pirate music, that is probably not what you're looking for.  You may just have to try to be more careful about logging out. 
Is there such a thing as a "reputable" VPN? Misdirection and encryption? They don't really strike me as such...

Of course. VPNs are widely used in everything from medicine to banking to provide enhanced security.  It is just that in your case you're looking for one that won't report you to law enforcement, so they also probably sell to all sorts of spammers, crooks and so on, which is why they're blacklisted by all sorts of automatic filtering software.
And, here I thought I was just trying to save $$ with my choice?
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Site Related Discussion / Re: Why am I banned?
Last post by saratoga -
You could try finding a more reputable VPN that doesn't get blacklisted for spamming, but if you goal is to pirate music, that is probably not what you're looking for.  You may just have to try to be more careful about logging out. 
Is there such a thing as a "reputable" VPN? Misdirection and encryption? They don't really strike me as such...

Of course. VPNs are widely used in everything from medicine to banking to provide enhanced security.  It is just that in your case you're looking for one that won't report you to law enforcement, so they also probably sell to all sorts of spammers, crooks and so on, which is why they're blacklisted by all sorts of automatic filtering software.
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Site Related Discussion / Re: Why am I banned?
Last post by TheEmpathicEar -
You could try finding a more reputable VPN that doesn't get blacklisted for spamming, but if you goal is to pirate music, that is probably not what you're looking for.  You may just have to try to be more careful about logging out. 
Is there such a thing as a "reputable" VPN? Misdirection and encryption? They don't really strike me as such... In all seriousness though, could not anyone use any VPN to spam?
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Opus / Re: Can anyone reliably ABX OPUS at 160kbps?
Last post by polemon -
Actually, yes, that's another aspect I forgot about: low-delay, low-bandwidth speech codecs.

Not necessarily the ones used in VoIP, but the ones used in digital voice radio, like DMR, D-Star, Yaesu Fusion, etc.
Transmission errors are expected, and they routinely happen. Digital voice over SSB experiences "banding", which is basically like a moving attenuation, moving across the baseband and time.

You can see them here: https://www.rowetel.com/images/codec2/robust2/mod_test_2000_moderate_10dB_waterfall.png
(Picture taken from https://www.rowetel.com/?p=2905)

You can see the spectrogram of the channel, and dark squiggly lines permeating it. Having a fixed frame size helps discarding and expecting the next frame, when they're broken beyond recognition. Voice quality degradation is at times quite substantial, although that also depends on the codec itself. While DMR sounds pretty good, even if the signal is weak and when there's interference, D-Star sounds horrible, except if reception is excellent.
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Site Related Discussion / Re: Why am I banned?
Last post by saratoga -
You could try finding a more reputable VPN that doesn't get blacklisted for spamming, but if you goal is to pirate music, that is probably not what you're looking for.  You may just have to try to be more careful about logging out. 
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