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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: R128Norm
Last post by darkflame23 -
Compressors compress dynamics by their very definition, so finding a compressor that preserves dynamics is a bit of an oxymoron.

If you are looking for something that keeps all of a track or album's internal dynamics, but evens out the average volume track to track (or album to album), then just use the built in ReplayGain (set to Track or Album gain, as required).
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: External Tags
Last post by Porcus -
Case, I know this question is outside the original intended use ("don't natively support tagging") but:

THE way to commit external tags back to internal would be
[(0) create .tag files, not ADS]
(1) Select the files in question
(2) Open Properties, and with Properties open:
(3) Delete the .tag files, or at least move them out of the way
(4) Make some change to the Properties, so that Apply lights up
(5) Apply or OK it
?

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Recycle Bin / [TOS #5/2] Re: Is it all bull**** now?
Last post by Lionheart.H -
My mantra is: I'd rather have a 9000$ CD collection playing on a 1000$ audio system, than a 1000$ CD collection playing on a 9000$ audio system. Because in the end, if my tech budget is eating up my music budget, then what's the point of getting an audio setup in the first place.
On the face of it this seems an eminently sensible attitude. More music to choose from = good.

But when you think about it, 90% of everything is crud - and this applies as much to music as anything else. There are people out there with enormous music collections, much of which they will never have time to listen to. Whatever happened to prizing quality over quantity? I'd rather have a few hundred really good albums playing on a really good system than thousands (of varying merit), the cost of which has limited the quality of the system I can afford to buy.

Well, I'm a classical music aficionado myself. My interest in music ranges from 14th century troubadour songs, Renaissance polyphonic, Baroque music, the Classical and Romantic periods all the way to modern movie and game soundtracks. I have practically the entire history of western music to choose from so I'm not worried about running out of music any time soon.

As far as crud goes. Well, you rarely encounter any legitimately bad music in pre-19th century classical music.
Before the digital era there was actually a selection process for composers and musicians because they had to be employed by the church, the king or a castellan. And copying music was an expensive and labour intensive process which had to be justified by the merits of the composition.

Nowadays music is practically generated by computers which use statistical analysis to figure out what is going to be a hit (which is why you find so little variety in modern popular music). And as our society is undergoing a state of cultural decline, the public has abandoned quality standards as a whole, which is why it's now hip and trendy to be as crass and vulgar as possible.
And if all else fails there are always government subsidies to be had for "starving artists", thus rewarding their incompetence and lack of talent.

As far as mortality and time constraints go. I'm 22 now, and I'm a strong believer in the fact that extreme life extension technologies will become available within my lifetime. So I'm not worried about that now, ask me again in 40 years :D
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Opus / Re: Opus gapless and glitchness encoding
Last post by lithopsian -
Given that almost everything written here is incorrect

Given your precision...I find your claim lacking.

My point was very to the point.  It stands by itself why opus can't be considered for music tracks (re: album play and general single play - pick album gain for the gain to use and consider yourself lucky enough).  You can start here.

https://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/codec/current/msg02944.html

as a mid-way point.  If I come to find specifics in the source (it's been a long while since I looked at it) I may update here.  jmvalin made a comment about fb2k doing something on its own.  It's not in the opus spec.  The spec (as I remember, and from reading Monty's very-old-now comments, about opus) looks like opus was intended for video/web play, not music album play.  Microsoft in newer Windows 10 also looks to be using it only for web play (the browser, for audio of videos using opus).

Point is, if it can't do replay-gain right, it won't sound gapless when using RG.  Not even close.  Dismiss RG if you want.  I can't.  And what exactly is your problem with this now?

Still wrong.  Go back and read the spec, then come and post a sensible comment.  Album replaygain is fully supported in Opus, even if support in third-party players is (at best!) patchy.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: R128Norm
Last post by comox -
Hello!

This plugin is really interesting. But there might be a problem for me:
Quieter passages of a musical piece get also normalized after a few seconds and get (almost) as loud as the other, louder parts. I think it would be better, if this plugin would only focus on the peak volume of an audio file in order to preserve the dynamics of the music.

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Update:
Sadly, foo_dsp_dynamics doesn't behave much different. I listened to a tune that has a rather quiet intro. Without compression, the volume stays low as intended. With compression, it is almost as loud as the next part.
Aren't there any compressors that preserve the dynamics (i.e. the loudness variation within an audio file)? Or is this just a question of settings?
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