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General A/V / Re: Audacity - file formats i can edit ?
Last post by HA-User -
i ran my first test.  i think i feel comfortable changing the destination around to whatever i end up wanting.  it did change it to mono, which was the main thing i was looking for

there is one difference between it and audacity.  when audacity changes it to mono, it will leave it at about its highest replay gain without clipping.  foobar leaves it right about the same gain, which is probably better for most people. 

but i was wondering if i could have this do a max regain at the same time i convert it ?  that would be ideal.
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General A/V / Re: Audacity - file formats i can edit ?
Last post by HA-User -
i actually wanted apple lossless.  i was able to create a preset and save it.  so i can always go back and edit it.  called it JimmyAppleLossless.

i keyed in the destination as you typed in.  i suspect i will need some fine tuning on that, for my exact desire.  on the processing, i added skip silence to download channels to mono.  on the other, i transferred tags, attached pictures and attached replay gain.  for now, i did not do the replay gain for albums, cuz i read that this permanently changes the file.

but at least now i have something to play with.

thank you very much.  once i get this working, it will save me lots of time
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Lossless / Other Codecs / Monkey's Audio - Observations and the need to update some statements on the net?
Last post by krafty -
Hi folks.

Concerning MAC, I'd like to lay some observations:

From this page
VLC plays (.APE) YES, seek bar is unresponsive when playing. ( Windows / Linux ? )

I have tested VLC tvOS version, VLC Windows, VLC Linux with some Extra High Files and Insane Files.

VLC (latest version) tvOS:
APE/Extra High plays fine, seek bar is not totally unresponsive when playing, however it lags a lot and timing is inaccurate. It will get going after 3 or 5 seconds the song starts playing. Song plays fine. It will have a lag if you jump throughout the track.

APE/Insane plays fine. Seek bar is halted when playing for the first time. It will move and go if you jump throughout the track. Lag is longer than Extra High and timing is more inaccurate.

VLC (latest version) Windows 10: 
APE/Extra High - It behaves the same as tvOS.
APE/Insane - It behaves the same as tvOS.

VLC (latest version) Ubuntu 21.10:
APE/Extra High - It behaves the same as tvOS.
APE/Insane - It behaves the same as tvOS.

So, more or less, it is clear to me that it is a VLC problem, not the operating systems'.

foobar2000

In my system, foobar2000 does lag a bit when you try to position the seek bar somewhere in the song, for "Extra High". In "Insane" mode, is really unpractical: foobar2000 strives a lot, with a 3 second silence due to halt/seek. Extra High is acceptable, less than half a second.

Rhythmbox in Ubuntu

My surprise was that Rhythmbox in Ubuntu does not have one single lag in "Extra High" , and, "Insane" behaves  as "Extra High" would in foobar2000. "Extra High" not only plays totally fine, but it also displays correct timing all the way. It even feels like it's playing a FLAC file... I guess this has something to do with GStreamer, but this impressed me. I hadn't tried APE in Rhythmbox.

System is AMD FX-8230E (4 cores, 8 threads), 16 GB DDR3, HDD 7200 rpm SATA 6Gbps, GA-990XA-UD3.

Poweramp in Android

"Extra High" does very well: gapless and and seeking are fine (some files don't go totally gapless though). Phone is Motorola One Macro. Battery seems to hold fine - I tested 1 hour playing "Extra High" and it costed 1% of battery.

Music is read from a SAMSUNG 64 GB SD card.

I am wondering whether in 2022, some of the statements in Wikipedia and the page above mentioned are still relevant... a long time has come and mid-end hardware caught up with MAC shortcomings, at least when it comes to more software support and more CPU power available these days.

Statements like this one: "While Monkey's Audio can achieve high compression ratios,[4] the cost is a dramatic increase in requirements on the decoding end. Many dedicated portable media players, and even flagship model smartphones have difficulty handling this" feels no longer true. My phone is not even flagship -- it's a low to mid range price phone. I see no dramatic thing playing APE files fine and using very very little power.

I do want to know why Rhythmbox is so fast with "Extra High" and very acceptable with "Insane" modes, beating even foobar2000 by a considerable amount.

Even the mobile Poweramp app beats foobar2000 mobile when playing "Extra High", by a little margin - foobar2000 mobile is better with gapless feature -- Poweramp sometimes is not able to produce gapless in all APE files.

Reading the Wiki for HA, some things apply to WavPack as well -- I can play WV files on a ATV4K box + VLC and it's very fast. Same for Poweramp with WV files.

So what do you guys think?

-- krafty
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Development - (fb2k) / Re: Wishlist for new foobar functions
Last post by Porcus -
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Actually, refalac works as a .wav cue splitter too, without going by way of ALAC
Actually, refalac works as a WavPack cue splitter too!

refalac just needs to know the 64-bit WavPack dll file (if it doesn't, download from https://github.com/dbry/WavPack/releases/download/5.4.0/wavpack-5.4.0-dll.zip and put it in the same folder as refalac.exe ); then then
refalac -D MyNiceWVFileWithEmbeddedCuesheet.wv
or
refalac -D CuesheetPointingToWV.cue
will output to .wav files split by the cuesheet.

Dropping -D converts to ALAC instead, but still split by .cue it seems. (Edit: "it seems" -> I am new to refalac.  Not using ALAC for anything but testing, I don't even know how to make an image with cuesheet into a chaptered MP4 image.)
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General Audio / Re: Getting and running fdkaac and opusenc encoders for dbpoweramp and foobar.
Last post by rupeshforu3 -
Sorry for the disguise I am asking lot of questions because previously I mean five years back I have searched a lot to convert MP3 files to other codecs and used various tools but none of them satisfied me and finally I have tried dbpoweramp and after that fully satisfied.

At the starting i have converted MP3 files of size 450gb to other codecs using dbpoweramp. At present I have bought new PC with latest intel processor with Intel hd sound and realtek 897 alc.

Again I want to convert these same MP3 files to other using latest version of fdkaac and opusenc encoders. So I have searched web and compiled myself using msys2.

I have seen the version of opusenc in windows terminal and found that both are same.

I have used four fdkaac encoders one compiled using msys2 and the one provided by dbpoweramp 17.1 and two others downloaded from web.

Two encoders ie., One provided by dbpoweramp and the one downloaded from web are of same size and produced same output m4a file size.

The id tag properties of the m4a file generated by these two encoders are as below

fdkaac 1.0.0, libfdk-aac 4.0.0, VBR mode 1

The other two fdkaac encoders are one compiled by msys2 and the other downloaded from web

The id tag properties of the m4a file generated by these two encoders are as below

fdkaac 1.0.2, libfdk-aac 4.0.1, VBR mode 1

I have played all the m4a files in my android smartphone player and all sounds good.

I think that the fdkaac encoder provided by dbpoweramp is only two months older than the one compiled by msys2 gcc.

If you instruct as "use the one provided by dbpoweramp and discard everything else"  I will follow your instructions.

Or if you instruct as " use the latest fdkaac encoder compiled or downloaded from web and discard the one provided by dbpoweramp" I will follow your instructions.

Finally my request is how to use intel HD audio features and how to use realtek 897 alc during encoding. If these two can't be used strictly say no. I have installed latest drivers for hd audio and realtek 897 alc. I have loaded direct x dsp in dbpoweramp and unfortunately it has detected none.

Please try to read the current post thoroughly and try to reply to my questions

1) Is there any need to use latest fdkaac encoder

2) Is it possible to use intel HD audio and realtek 897 alc during encoding.
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FLAC / Re: FLAC unicode patch: some help wanted
Last post by Rollin -
I tested 32-bit dll with qaac, refalac, freac and xrecode 3 on 32-bit windows 7 with file named "青木ヶ原樹海-Hliðskjálf-Δ δ-λάμβδα" and it works.
dll also works with SoX (for non-unicode filenames, because SoX itself doesn't support unicode)
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FLAC / Re: FLAC unicode patch: some help wanted
Last post by doccolinni -
Seems the FLAC maintainer hasn't got time/motivation to work on FLAC. He merged a bunch of PRs on March 15 2021, and his last commits before that are from May 14 2020. Someone else involved with Xiph/Mozilla has merged a few PRs, but the last activity (merging, commenting etc.) by anyone with write access to the FLAC repository has been well over 6 months ago.

Well that's a shame. Might be time for a fork.
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FLAC / Re: FLAC unicode patch: some help wanted
Last post by ktf -
The point of this discussion is to test the DLL interface for compatibility, so providing an exe would be off-topic and probably derail the discussion.

Seems the FLAC maintainer hasn't got time/motivation to work on FLAC. He merged a bunch of PRs on March 15 2021, and his last commits before that are from May 14 2020. Someone else involved with Xiph/Mozilla has merged a few PRs, but the last activity (merging, commenting etc.) by anyone with write access to the FLAC repository has been well over 6 months ago.