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General - (fb2k) / Re: [Suggestions / Wishlists] for future updates
Last post by HaVeeL -
It would be nice to have a small indicator of the media library status (monitoring/initializing/error/whatever) somewhere in the user interface, without clicking a sequence like "Library -> Configure -> Cancel"...
Maybe a %media_library_status% field that could be put in status bar?
General - (fb2k) / New to Foobar2000
Last post by Clando57 -

I'm new to Foobar2000 after about 15 years of intensive WMP use. It seems to be much more customizable so I'm giving it a try.

I'd like to always show the composer field, even when this is empty/unfilled. The purpose is to fill manually every tag of every track of hundreds albums without having to right-click on each track to open the properties tab, which would be way too tedious. I'd like to choose tags I can view in the metadata window in order to fill them quicker using Tab or arrow keys.

Since yesterday, I've read many threads here which mostly helped me but I couldn't find anything about showing empty/unfilled fields of my choice. I tried many things in advanced display preferences I've downloaded and installed Tagbox, thinking this would help me but my problem remains. So after some hours of research, I dare to post here.

Not sure if I'm clear enough with my froggy english... Let me know if there's something you don't understand.

Thanks in advance for any help anyone can provide.
General Audio / Re: Is it all bull**** now?
Last post by Lionheart.H -
... Then the only demo track they seem to play is some shitty old horn or string music from the Stone Age.  ...

And... Hotel California


(I think I used to enjoy that song before I met audiophiles)

It's ironic that these "audiophiles" love Hotel California so much since the song is all about self-indulgence, excesses and the vices of (then) modern America. Of which they're pretty much the poster boys.

That's something I've noticed about "audiophiles", it doesn't seem like the music is actually their priority. They often have a cliché taste in music and tend to play the same songs over and over again (and lots of Jazz of course, it's all about image with these folks). They're like car collectors who never go on a roadtrip.
Support - (fb2k) / Re: 1.3.17 has "lost" files
Last post by Questioner2018 -
Disregard the above. I downloaded and ran an application called FolderSizes 8 (an interesting utility) which gave me a report on files by type. After running FolderSizes, for whatever reason Foobar then saw everything from the playlist view.

I have no idea WHY this fixed it, but it is fixed.
General Audio / Re: Fake 24-bit FLAC?
Last post by greynol -
Pretty basic stuff.  Why links have been taken out of context in an attempt to prove an incorrect point is anyone's guess (or not anyone's, IDK).
General Audio / Re: Fake 24-bit FLAC?
Last post by probedb -

Guess this is what i keep from this OT ramble, thanks.

Indeed, the full quote was from a question about Ogg-FLAC:

What is the difference between (native) FLAC and Ogg FLAC?

You can think of an audio codec as having two layers. The inside layer is the raw compressed data, and the outside layer is the "container" or "transport layer" that splits and arranges the compressed data in pieces so it can be seeked through, edited, etc.

"Native" FLAC is the compressed FLAC data stored in a very minimalist container, designed to be very efficient at storing single audio streams.

Ogg FLAC is the compressed FLAC data stored in an Ogg container. Ogg is a much more powerful transport layer that enables mixing several kinds of different streams (audio, data, metadata, etc). The overhead is slightly higher than with native FLAC.

In either case, the compressed FLAC data is the same and one can be converted to the other without re-encoding.
General Audio / Re: Downsampling Vinyl-Rips to CD
Last post by FLX90 -
Thank you for the answers.
My command looks like this now:

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ffmpeg -i input.flac -af "aresample=44100:resampler=soxr:precision=33:osf=s16:dither_method=shibata" -acodec alac output.m4a

Still two questions:

1. dither_method: Why shibata? What are advantages and disadvantages of the others?
2. precision: What does it do? More precisions means bigger file size? And according to FFmpeg Resampler Documentation a value of 28 gives SoX’s ’Very High Quality’, so 28 is max or not? Why a value of 33?

Audio Hardware / Re: Help me build my first serious music (stereo) system
Last post by DVDdoug -
Klipsch F-30 tower speakers.
I don't know anything about those but Klipsch has a good reputation.    There's probably nothing "wrong" with them, but it might be a matter of taste.

I'd suggest you either take your speakers to the audio/video store so you can A/B them with other options.  Or better yet, see if you can take one or two pair so you can compare at home.   When you compare, make sure to match the volumes as best as you can!  

5) To the extent you can tell, is the harshness in the upper-midbass region 150-250 Hz or midrange 1-2Khz?  Or elsewhere? Highs
Have you tried simply turning-down the treble?   I don't know anything about the EQ/tone controls on your receiver but that would be a good place to start and it costs you nothing..

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