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General Audio / Re: Why wasn't there ever a VHS based consumer audio format?
Last post by polemon -
No, type IV was actually superior. There's a demo of noise/hiss levels in the video I posted (starting at 15:25.) The sound is extremely clean. Back then it sounded very near to the CDs I recorded from. And that's without dolby noise reduction. With dolby, there's virtually zero noise. But a poor deck will always produce crappy results though. A decent deck is needed to get good recording and playback quality.
Yeah, I know Techmoan, but he also made this video:
https://youtu.be/I0beJZaOUYM?t=508 <--- Right where I linked this video (8:30), he explains how Cobalt tape was a 90's era improvement, although I read somewhere, that Cobalt was actually something that was kinda tried before, hence my confusion.

I've been using cassettes in the 90's myself, but I don't remember Cobalt tapes. I still have my collection of tapes, and there are some metal tapes, but no Cobalt tapes. No blank ones, and no pre-recorded ones. Metal particle tape was a 3M improvement from 1979, and as far as *I* know, Cobalt tape was released around 1974. However, Techmoan on the other hand, claims it's an improvement that came around in the 90's, so that's where the confusion comes from.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: Columns UI
Last post by gob -
I'm not aware of anything, and I didn't observe anything odd from some quick tests locally. Are any other visualisations affected? Does it happen with all tracks? What version of the WASAPI output do you have?

WASAPI is v3.3
CUI is v0.5.1

Actually, I've just found that the issue seems to occur specifically with WASAPI event mode. Push mode seems to be ok, but push is somewhat unreliable with my hardware. Also, I created a new f2k profile with nothing but CUI and WASAPI, and the analyzer runs perfectly in either event or push mode, so its definitely something in my profile doing it. I'm actually puzzled because I'm not using any other visualizations or DSP's. Now that I know this I'm going to spend some tomorrow and figure it out. I'll let you know what I find out :D
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General A/V / Re: High resolution audio - lowest audio setup?
Last post by magicgoose -
Why 34 though? It surely depends on ears.
When I tested my ears range, the highest frequency that I could still confidently hear was about 18kHz. Therefore, to keep it, a sampling rate of ≥ 36 kHz would be needed.
Agree about 14 bits, for most practical use cases it could work.

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if there was such a thing
Something close can be a thing — 32000 Hz (even a bit worse, but passable for many material) is a relatively common rate, and you can simply store only 14 bits in 16, most reasonable lossless encoders (incl. FLAC, WavPack) will deal with it efficiently.

(However, if one simply wants to minimize space usage in a portable player, it's still far more efficient to not mess with sample rates and bits and just encode the copy for the player in Opus.)
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General Audio / Re: Why wasn't there ever a VHS based consumer audio format?
Last post by Engelsstaub -
Compact cassettes ... ahwell ...

And almost no one I knew was buying metal grade cassettes anyway, only normal and chrome.
Many tape recorders didn't have chrome/metal settings. According to the Wikipedia article, commercial releases on BASF chrome tape were treated as Type I (for compatibility, I guess?)...

This isn't gospel (so someone correct me if I'm full of shit) but I think commercial recordings done on BASF true chrome tape were done at Type 1 settings because it just plain sounded better. Compatibility is a part of that but the 3 dB noise reduction in tape hiss always seemed to me a lousy tradeoff for the EQ you got at Type II settings. (BASF true chrome had very little tape hiss to begin with and IMO did well enough to not really warrant the use of Dolby NR.)

Type IV really required a better-than-average deck to make a difference. Even a BOTL Nakamichi, w/ user-controllable bias and levels, could push a Metal tape to its potential though. With a good tape you could hit +10 dBFS peaks and not have any serious distortion or saturation. Type IVs weren't worth it for most people though...including me and my cheap Kmart crap haha.
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Support - (fb2k) / Custom tag values separators
Last post by 0x4D657373696168 -
When i try to separate custom tag values by using standard separators (& , and ;) - they don't work. I get one tag with all this symbols.
For example, i'm tagging one file with 'mood' tag and set values 'Calm / Relax; Wild Nature'. And i get that very _one_ tag - 'Calm / Relax; Wild Nature'.



When i set these values in 'genre', for example - all work.
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General Audio / Re: Why wasn't there ever a VHS based consumer audio format?
Last post by Nikaki -
"Conventional wisdom": even among those with a type IV switch, many couldn't really record to metal tape.
Question: was that just audiophoolery? (I stuck to chrome myself.)
No, type IV was actually superior. There's a demo of noise/hiss levels in the video I posted (starting at 15:25.) The sound is extremely clean. Back then it sounded very near to the CDs I recorded from. And that's without dolby noise reduction. With dolby, there's virtually zero noise. But a poor deck will always produce crappy results though. A decent deck is needed to get good recording and playback quality.
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Support - (fb2k) / Play command issue
Last post by Nicolayo -
Hi everyone.

I use foobar to play tracks for theatre plays. Usually I select the track from the playlist with keyboard arrows and once the cursor is over the track, I press <Enter> to play it via shortcuts.

A month ago I changed my laptop and downloaded latest version of FB2K. The problem is 'Play' command has a subtle but important change:

  • When status is 'playing':
    IF cursor is over played track: Play command plays the track from beginning.
    ELSE Play command plays the track where the cursor is
  • When status is 'stopped': Play command plays the track where the cursor is
  • When status is 'paused': Play command resume the playback of paused track, no matter where the cursor is. This behavior should be for Play/pause command instead, just like older versions of FB2K.

I've tried different configurations of "Playback follows cursor" and "Cursor follows playback" with no results.

Anyone knows a way to reverse this?
Is this a bug or just a change?
Where can I get an older version?

Im using foobar version 1.3.17 on Windows 10.
Shortcuts involved:
Spacebar: Play/pause
Enter: Play

Thanks!

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