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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: foo_youtube
Last post by Hidrojen -
@3dyd Can you please support multiple selections for "Copy URL"?

For example: I select 6 songs and I click "Copy Name", I get the names of these songs.
I select 6 Youtube links and I want to do "Copy URL", so I get URLs of all selected Youtube links.
Right now I have to click "Copy URL" for every song.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: foo_midi
Last post by KDDLB -
They're used if you have soundfonts with audio compression.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: foo_midi
Last post by VEG -
bassopus.dll, basswv.dll, bass_mpc.dll, bassflac.dll
Why does foo_midi include all these files? It seems that they are not required for playing MIDI.
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To be honest I really like the quality of wma pro enconder. Actually I haven´t found any compatibility problem, I can play it in Foobar2000, Winamp, VLC.... and in my LG phone with Poweramp. If my personal ranking this format is in second place after AAC (Quicktime, Fraunhofer, Nero).

The average bitrate I obtain with some albums is 170-220 with vbr -q90, but with this Pineapple Thief album it was 120-130 with the same settings. Very low (and I dont know why). So I decided to re-encode it using AAC Fraunhofer at level 5, giving an average bitrate of 182kpbs.
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Vinyl / Re: LPs that actually do sound better?
Last post by old tech -
Sorry to resurrect an old thread but this topic is quite relevant to how I choose my music and on which format.  The whole debate on whether a particular album has been mastered better on vinyl or CD is somewhat subjective and opens a can of worms.  As others have pointed out, there can be different masterings on various LP releases and different masterings on various CDs of the same album.
Which is best?  There are so many variables, which album, which release, how does a particular mastering interact with your playback chain and room acoustics, what are your subjective preferences?  This is why there can never be a definitive best release of any LP or CD which satisfies everyone.

For example, one member here claimed that the original Beatles LP pressings sound better than later digital versions.  To my ears it is an album by album proposition.  I prefer the sound quality of the 2009 CD remasters of most of the later albums, the 1987 CDs for the White Album, Sgt Peppers and Abbey Road and LPs for the rest.  But even with the LPs, there are some albums I prefer the later 1978 blue box pressings over the original pressings and even the Japanese Red wax for others.

Another member expressed a view that the LP version of Supertramp’s Crime of the Century is the best sounding of this album.  To my ears, the best sounding is the MFSL CD version, even compared to the MFSL and Speakers Corner LPs.  The only problem with the CD is that it is mastered very quiet and can sound weaker than the LPs at normal volume.  But crank it up and it clearly is superior IMHO.

It is difficult to compare a digital recording with vinyl as they rarely are mastered the same way, even if the same masters are used.  However, given equal quality mastering CDs typically come out ahead, as every measure of fidelity says it should.  The closest comparison I can think of is Brothers in Arms below (for a digital master) and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of  the Moon Japan Pro Use LP vs the early non TO Black Triangle CD as they used the same 15ips master tape.  Both are excellent but the CD comes out ahead if only because of better dynamics and consistency across the album, ie no IGD toward the end of the side of each LP.

The upshot of all this is that what is the best or better is very subjective to the individual and influenced by many variables apart from the actual mastering – excluding those CDs which are obviously squashed or LPs which are slightly off-centre of course.

The main mystery I have is why some people prefer the LP half speed cut versions of Dire Straits Brothers in Arms over the original CD when it was originally a 16 bit digital recording.  I have no doubt that those that do hear the LP as sounding better probably do, but surely in this case it has nothing to do with the recording or mastering.
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MP3 - Tech / Re: recordingto mp3 with mp3DirectCut
Last post by Steve Grant -
Andy I tried this yesterday for you and could not get the program to recognize lame_enc.dll. I did run the program before putting the dll into the programs folder. I deleted everything and gave up!

Today I ran the installer for ver 2.23 as administrator, downloaded lame_enc.dll from http://lame.buanzo.org/#lamewindl and put it into the program folder before I ran the program for the first time and all was good. The only thing that's different for me is that the record button is always white. Loaded mp3's and they played fine. Recorded a quick snippet and that as also fine.

I could not get Lame_enc 3.99.5 to  work so settled on 3.99.3 above.

Win 10 Home - Version 1703 - OS Build 15063.483
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The SID decoder I use in foo_sid is too slow for most ARM devices. There is no faster SID decoder that is also ARM compatible.

So how come these android apps can play "sid" files in any ARM android devices without any problem?

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.bitheap.sidplayer&hl=en

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.illogical.modo

And what about other sid decoders? Is'nt possible to use them?

http://ftp.fukt.bsnet.se/pub/os/winnt/Winamp/in_sid/in_sid.dll
http://jahtari.org/archive/magazine/sid/download/npsid-1.2.15i.zip
http://jahtari.org/archive/magazine/sid/download/sidamp.zip
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General - (fb2k) / Re: Docker Foobar2000 Image
Last post by kode54 -
For one thing, Synology devices are typically ARM powered, and this Docker will only run on x86 or x86_64 devices. Much like anything that requires wine, since wine is not an emulator, it requires the host architecture to be compatible with the applications you'll be running.
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The SID decoder I use in foo_sid is too slow for most ARM devices. There is no faster SID decoder that is also ARM compatible.
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General - (fb2k) / Re: SCAD to Foobar
Last post by kode54 -
If you have actual SACDs, the only way you're really going to rip them is with a modded PS3, and I think forum rules preclude discussing the process any further. I may be wrong on that, however.