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Support - (fb2k) / Re: WMA music file tags
Last post by anamorphic -
Hi there,

It depends a little on which user interface (Default UI or Columns UI?) and which Playlist Viewer component you are using, if not the default. You can setup custom columns for the default viewer by going File menu > Preferences > Display > Default UI > Playlist View - see the wiki page.

So you would use [%composer%] as the pattern for that tag. (Put in square brackets so it only displays when the field is present). On the playlist, right-click column headers to choose which columns.

The link above from mjm716 is a more advanced version of Help menu > Title Formatting Help. See also, Title Formatting Introduction and Examples.

You might eventually like a few components with more view options. Have a look at Facets for a (DUI) column-based Library Viewer, and SimPlaylist / SimPlaylist Manager for more playlist grouping levels and additional statistics. (See the documentation links)

Cheers 8)
Listening Tests / is it even possible to hear "Phase distortion"?
Last post by magicgoose -
I came across a dude who thinks he can hear phase distortions made by an equalizer. Putting aside differences in loudness of different frequencies, this means he should be able to hear differences made by an all-pass filter. I doubt he will prove it even if he could. But I am pretty sure this difference is impossible to hear if tested correctly (so, for example, signal after filtering doesn't clip, etc).
I tried to search the web a bit and could not find if anyone succeeded in detecting an all-pass filter by ear in a blind ABX test.
Should I immediately dismiss this dude as yet another placebo troll, or he might actually have golden ears?
Scientific Discussion / Example of the 'free' compressor processing results...
Last post by jsdyson -
I have a listening repo -- and there are two examples with the RMS compressor (almost exactly what was posted a few weeks ago -- probably NO changes) in action.  The compression was mild, but it really makes no difference using higher settings, because the compressor will do only a limited amount of 'damage' anyway.  The purpose was for demos, and the original material is online also. 

There are also a few examples using the DolbyA compatible decoder (lightyears more advanced than the previously posted versions.)  It REALLY DOES do better than a real DolbyA.  My examples have been EQed, so might sound a little fuller than commercial versions, but the HF is very close to 100% correct.   The dynamics on the examples re very good when considering the material.

The repository for listening is at:
WavPack / Re: Support for 64bit wav
Last post by bryant -
I have thought a little about putting in 64-bit support (I assume float64 only), but it's really low in my priority and I will be too busy to do anything that significant for the foreseeable future, so I kinda doubt it. There are some architectural issues (like that fact that WavPack currently processes audio in 32-bit wide buffers), and there's the issue that real 64-bit float audio data (in other words, audio that's been processed so that all the mantissa bits are used, as opposed to data that's really just something smaller stored in a 64-bit float) is not going to compress very well at all. So, if you can typically get 32% compression on 32-bit floats, I would expect only about 16% on real 64-bit floats.

Of course, one of the nice things about WavPack float compression is if it detects that, for instance, the audio is really only 16-bit, then it compresses it to the equivalent amount, and this would be even more useful if you were storing in 64-bit floats.

If this becomes popular and people start clamoring for it, I would certainly reconsider, but so far this is the first clamor.  :)
WavPack / Re: wavpack support in 7zip (3rd party plugin)
Last post by bryant -
I have been meaning to mention this plugin, both here and on my website, but I hardly ever run Windows and haven't had a chance to fully try it out.

Anyway, thanks for trying it out and letting us know about it, and thanks to Aniskin for creating this great plugin (and I'm sorry I haven't given you feedback earlier)!
Support - (fb2k) / WMA music file tags
Last post by Brian Knight -
I am a new user of Foobar2000. After installing the software I imported a large collection of classical music WMA files which I have built up over the years. The tags are all there, populated, in the original files but I cannot see how to display them in the columns in a playlist.

To clarify, the columns I want in a play list are:
- track number (from the album)
- track length (duration)
- bit rate
- composer
- track title
- track artist
- genre

By default, Foobar2000 seems to concatenate track title and track artist, which is useless to me because I have multiple performances of many classical works and most works have several 'tracks' (i.e. movements); I need them separate. Moreover, some of the columns I want do not seem to be available at all (e.g. composer, genre). How can I get the software to display the columns I want? 
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