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Lossless / Other Codecs / Re: New lossless codec comparison, categorizing electronic music
Last post by Porcus -
To the extent that people buy (rather than just stream), there is much more hi-rez around by now.  Maybe one doesn't want to lend credibility to the selling point of it, but maybe one doesn't want to put that much opinion into it.

As for "electronic" music that isn't really a genre (maybe it was when it first (?) made the hit lists with Switched-On Bach, but that is more than fifty years ago), then for the purposes of a comparison, one may want to
* cover the genres and styles people may want to compress (probably with more EDM and contemporary hip-hop)
* cover various signals to see if that makes for a difference. 

The first is not unimportant, but it does not classify the way you are asking.

The sorting you are using on the other genres often is a bit "in increasing denseness", and a similar sorting for electronic genres would be from minimalist to Merzbow.  (I see that you are putting Merzbow different, and I kinda disagree here: this kind of noise music is electronic - and *the* CD with a specific trait is the audiobook!)   And for a "denseness" rough sort, you might just see how many bits LAME V0 thinks is adequate? 
But a couple of other dimensions:
Percussive or not?  You got music that is beat-less and you have music dominated by percussion - and percs that are notorious killer samplers for lossies (Prodigy's "Fighter Beat" got infamous on HA ... the version you are listing got this (bonus) track?). 
Vocal-oriented or not?  The instrumentation might still dominate the need for bits, but if the music is an acoustic-recorded signal with instrumentation accompanying it ... that is something else at least "by ear"
Indeed, how much is "recorded in free air" is a classification in itself, only it isn't that obvious to know.  As you mention it sounds a bit artificial (like, cooked up for some constructed purpose), but I think it is a point.

So I suggested the Biosphere for being the chill, non-dense, non-percussive corner of the spectrum - maybe you should find some even more minimalist; some synth industrial for being a missing style (quite dense some of it), Laibach's take on Kunst der Fuge for being instrumental "electronic-only" and apparently not having used a microphone, and I forgot about this techno classic - but even if the Laibach (and Prodigy) got released way into the y2k's, my suggestion list is likely too heavy on "mom and dad's plastic disc collection", and too little of that neo-rave that the music industry rebranded as "EDM" to distinguish it from what parents did - and you seriously need a major hip-hop producer to belt out some beats from the hard drive.

Oh, and one suggestion: while your diagrams are pretty clear on what compresses fastER and slowER, a novice won't necessarily be able to relate it to ... I guess one benchmark is MP3.  Suggestion: a vertical bar (as to not mix size into it) that indicates speed of LAME default 128 CBR?  And/or maybe an AAC if there is a "canonical" encoder choice.
Support - (fb2k) / Re: "Bad Allocation Error" and strange artifacts in Windows panel ...
Last post by Case -
Your OS shouldn't start bugging out even if foobar2000 runs out of memory. Since you have 4 GB of RAM you would still have 1 GB of it left when foobar2000 maxes out (large address aware programs can use at max 3 GB there).

I don't think hardware is at fault if the problem disappears on restart of anything.

Apart from memory being leaked it sounds like GDI objects or some other limited global handles are leaked. We can be pretty sure foobar2000 is not the cause but a third party component.
You can probably find out what causes it by enabling Task Manager's Details/Processes tab to show Working set (memory), Handles, Threads, User objects and GDI objects. Right click on the header line to get a context menu where these can be added.

Now play something in foobar2000 and observe if anything keeps growing under the two Memory columns or the other new fields you added. Remove components until the growing stops.
Audio Hardware / Re: Bit-perfect Player for Android
Last post by gagorial -
I don't know if these play bit perfect but the following are the best I tested. Poweramp and foobar2000 for Android. Both are great, but use FFmpeg so I don't recommend for formats that don't provide free or open source code as wma, Dolby…

If you need to know how configure the resampler for Poweramp, I guess that it refer resampler functions from FFmpeg, I suggest: SOX, 96.8% and Shibata dithering. I tested up sampling and down sampling between 44.1 kHz and 768 kHz with FFmpeg and It create a file without clipping and preserving correctly the audible spectrum.
General A/V / Re: Audacity - file formats i can edit ?
Last post by HA-User -
how about this for some fancy editing !!!  i mainly wanted to experiment.  so i had this irritating electric guitar on the channel.  luckily, it is usually only one 1 channel.  so in audacity, i split the stereo track.  this gives me access to one track at a time.  i also can adjust the playback, so i only hear 1 track.

in this particular instance, the guitar is on the right track.  so i select each of the irritating places, and do a negative amplification, bringing the volume way down.  i then make a mono track out of it.  re-amplify the quieter sections.  and boom, i have a mono track, and can't hear the irritating parts at all, while on my computer.  will have to test it out on earphones.  but i am pretty sure if i can hear it at all, it will be too low to bother me.

some stereo mixing sounds good.  but i do not really like it too much when one sound is only coming out in 1 ear.  especially with sounds that i am not too crazy about.  i am mostly interested in the melody.  and unless the frequencies are really close together, i dont need stereo to hear the various instruments.  so very often, i prefer mono.  and there are some times that i have to hear it in mono, as the stereo mix is irritating to my ears.
Lossless / Other Codecs / Re: MAC (APE) lack of streaming feature - what does it mean?
Last post by saratoga -
Hi again folks,

Sorry about this dumb question, but why is it not right to believe that APE does not have streaming feature although I do stream the APE files from a SMB share all the way to the VLC application (using ATV4K box).

That isn't streaming, you're just loading the file from your network drive, so doesn't apply to you. 
Lossless / Other Codecs / MAC (APE) lack of streaming feature - what does it mean?
Last post by krafty -
Hi again folks,

Sorry about this dumb question, but why is it not right to believe that APE does not have streaming feature although I do stream the APE files from a SMB share all the way to the VLC application (using ATV4K box). Does anything happen in this process that VLC transcode on-the-fly the APE into PCM and, with FLAC, it would pass-through directly? If VLC is in fact passing-through the APE file, is it the counting time lag (it delays and updates the timing progress bar each 6 seconds or so) that is bugged so this is not to be considered as a true stream as FLAC or ALAC? Or is it because it might be considered somewhat able to be streamed but not to the point of selling this idea to every and each hardware, because it's quite CPU consuming?

I'd like technical views on this.

Thanks a lot!