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General - (fb2k) / Re: $meta(rating) or %rating%? Please explain like I'm five.
Last post by InchPerfect -
Are you saying facets gives different results than autoplaylists for "RATING IS 5"? (let's omit the rest of your doubts for a second) That is not intended. What about "%RATING% IS 5"?

$meta(rating) -> Files
%RATING% -> Database

Finally, this is in no way related to the manager. It just uses the native autoplaylist.

Point is, RATING GREATER 5 no longer works as %RATING% GREATER 5. Since according to the query reference, the field can not point to component provided fields and it fallbacks to $meta(rating) in such case XD. To me that's just another layer of nonsense and confusion, since all other fields work different.

So we have a query reference saying:
A IS xxx  = %A% IS xxx

But RATING IS 5 = "$meta(rating)" IS 5, both pointing to files
And %RATING% IS 5 , points to datatabase

Btw, your quicktagger actions are probably writing tags to files, while other components and the contextual menu writes [rating] tags to database... so you have a mix there.
Thanks. Brief look makes me even more confused, lol.

Got to get some sleep. Back to you soon.
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General Audio / Re: What is a "high resolution audio system"?
Last post by Apesbrain -
Digital avoids a lot of this, but introduces its own problems in terms of analogue to digital conversion linearity and resolution, sample clock jitter etc.
None of those things are an audible concern given modern digital recording, mastering and distribution practices (i.e. for the past 35+ years.)
for those with genuine ability to hear it
Yup, those amazing "golden ears" I keep hearing about!
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General - (fb2k) / Re: $meta(rating) or %rating%? Please explain like I'm five.
Last post by regor -
Are you saying facets gives different results than autoplaylists for "RATING IS 5"? (let's omit the rest of your doubts for a second) That is not intended. What about "%RATING% IS 5"?

$meta(rating) -> Files
%RATING% -> Database

Finally, this is in no way related to the manager. It just uses the native autoplaylist.

Point is, RATING GREATER 5 no longer works as %RATING% GREATER 5. Since according to the query reference, the field can not point to component provided fields and it fallbacks to $meta(rating) in such case XD. To me that's just another layer of nonsense and confusion, since all other fields work different.

So we have a query reference saying:
A IS xxx  = %A% IS xxx

But RATING IS 5 = "$meta(rating)" IS 5, both pointing to files
And %RATING% IS 5 , points to datatabase

Btw, your quicktagger actions are probably writing tags to files, while other components and the contextual menu writes [rating] tags to database... so you have a mix there.
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General Audio / Re: What is a "high resolution audio system"?
Last post by fooball -
The "system" appears to have, in those words, a "resolution" or "resolving power". Hence my question: how does one measures or quantify this "resolution"? And how can an analog system be smart enough to hide anything?
I think you're being too dismissive.  An analogue system clearly can't be "smart", but it certainly can hide stuff!  Ignoring the transducers for a moment, there is an electrical signal path from input to output which is ideally linear, but actually never is.

By "linear" we mean that the graph of output voltage plotted agains input voltage is a straight line.

In practice, the transfer function depends on the input frequency, so for an input containing a broad spectrum of frequencies the output is the sum of all the input frequencies multiplied by their respective transfer functions.  For any particular frequency, the transfer function may also include a phase shift.

Then there is the problem of the transducers: taking acoustic pressure waves and converting those to an electrical signal, using the amplified electrical signal to waggle a needle (or whatever) cutting a groove in a master disc, then at the reproduction end picking up the motions of the stylus and converting those to electrical, and finally the amplified signal into a loudspeaker to recreate the acoustic signal.

The fundamental purpose of the electrical stages is to boost the power so that the input transducer can drive the output transducer with sufficient force, but is generally "shaped" to compensate for performance shortfalls in the transducer.  This shaping may not be perfectly matched to each individual transducer, so this introduces response errors.  Also, in addition to the actual wanted signal, there is an unavoidable random noise signal (hiss) injected into the signal path by the components in that signal path.

Consequently, even if it were possible to design an amplifier to have a perfectly flat and phase zero response over the entire audio spectrum (it isn't), the transducers would still impose variations in the frequency and phase response.  Any lack of linearity WILL HAVE an effect on the output, and COULD HAVE an audible effect on resolving the detail of the sound (for those with genuine ability to hear it - which does not include me).  If the fine detail of the signal is of a similar level as the hiss, it will definitely be hidden even if the system were capable of reproducing it.  (Note that transducers can also have a response which is modulated by the signal which has been present immediately before, which adds another level of complication.)

Digital avoids a lot of this, but introduces its own problems in terms of analogue to digital conversion linearity and resolution, sample clock jitter etc.  And it still has to have a microphone at the input and a loudspeaker at the output which (as noted) need shaping.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: Playlist-Tools-SMP
Last post by regor -
Read the readme pdf installation instructions (just added it a week ago). Toolbar panels are only available in CUI.

But anyway nothing stops you to set the panel height to a bar size, and put such panel at top below native toolbars.