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MP3 - Tech / Re: Completely confused over these Spectrum readouts?! Encoding MP3
Last post by blurry_light -
[...] Like I mentioned I DO use strictly only Lossless, either WAV or AIFF for my 'proper' DJing, [...]

A question, just out of curiosity ... Is there a reason you use WAV or AIFF? These are uncompressed lossless files; in case your equipment supports it, wouldn't FLAC or ALAC be better? These are compressed lossless files (hence, take up less space) that additionally have better metadata and tagging support.

I did see you mention FLAC in one of your previous posts, but I wanted to make sure you understood that a lossless file will contain the exact same audio information, bit for bit, as the source (in this case, your CD), since there's seemingly a lot of misinformation about this topic on other audio forums.
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FLAC / Re: SACD to FLAC
Last post by bmcelvan -
Thanks for your response. So when using the SACD component, you have to select something...either 44.1, 88.2 or 176. There is no "auto" setting however from what I understand because SACD isn't PCM based there is no "normal" - it'll be re-sampled no matter what setting is chosen because you're converting a non PCM audio track to PCM. With that said I was thinking re-sampling the audio twice (SACD at a high sample rate and then SoX) would be less precise than just resampling once (SACD) since there is no way to avoid the initial SACD resample even if SoX is great.

Does that make sense?

Or do you think it possible that using a high sample rate like 176 for the "first pass" will essentially minimize the loss of fidelity, it'll be more like a "copy" than a re-sample? ...And therefore letting SoX do the "hard" math part (re-sampling to 44.1 could be a better option.
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Opus / Re: Vorbis Sounds better than Opus at 192 kbps.
Last post by Deathcrow -
As others have said I have my doubts that you can ABX either Vorbis or Opus from a lossless source, so I'm quite skeptical about your claims in regards to such "obvious" differences in tonality.

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Opus sounds sharper whereas Vorbis sounds more analog to my ears

These are the kind of buzzwords that have been used through the ages for non existent differences in sound quality by HiFi-Snake-Oil salesmen everywhere and are completely meaningless if you do not substantiate your claims.
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Site Related Discussion / Re: Why am I banned?
Last post by TheEmpathicEar -
So, clearing my browser history, cookies, etc. will not do anything?
Yes it could:
Last week I used a VPN to bypass some geoblocking, and when I later surfed by HA, I got banned due to the IP. Turned off the VPN, still banned. Cleared the cookie, and here I am.

It seems like you cleared your entire browsing history, everything, and not just HA? I use Chrome's syncing feature so that my laptop and desktop are sharing everything. I have to make sure that everything is cleared?
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MP3 - Tech / Re: Completely confused over these Spectrum readouts?! Encoding MP3
Last post by Deathcrow -
I would rip CDs to lossless (do that only once!) and then encode MP3s from those files.

Does this make a difference??  What I like about EAC is I can encode straight from CD, well it converts to WAV and then encodes using LAME on the fly.  Again this is obviously a big time saver!

Well you purport to be a DJ right? Maybe you want to do some remixing of tracks at some point. Surely you'd only want to do that with the original lossless copies. Always good to keep them at hand: Get a good program that lets you encode lots of tracks in batches (I like foobar2000), properly sort and tag all your FLACs and just encode stuff on the fly when necessary. IMHO 320 kbit/s MP3s are a waste... V0 should be more than enough for your uses.

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1000's of tracks, lossless just isn't practical

Eh, memory sticks have huge capacity nowadays... 1000's of FLACs hardly seems impossible. But sure, MP3s are probably most compatible.

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with high quality sound in mind and people who know music and are expecting a great sound

There will probably be no audible difference in such venues as long as you use lossless sources for your MP3s, sensible encoder settings for LAME and quality better than V5.
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MP3 - Tech / Re: Completely confused over these Spectrum readouts?! Encoding MP3
Last post by Steve18 -
Thank you everyone for your advice, appreciate it!

I would rip CDs to lossless (do that only once!) and then encode MP3s from those files.

Does this make a difference??  What I like about EAC is I can encode straight from CD, well it converts to WAV and then encodes using LAME on the fly.  Again this is obviously a big time saver!

For DJing you would be surprised at how low in bitrate you can go if you want to, but then: is space really an issue? Why are you using MP3 in the first place? Is it that it is the only tag-able format supported by a certain application?

Yes software, external players, compatibility and having 1000's of tracks, lossless just isn't practical.  Like I mentioned I DO use strictly only Lossless, either WAV or AIFF for my 'proper' DJing, where I would only have around 20 tracks ready on a memory stick!  (where I'm turning up to an event with high quality equipment that has been specifically set up with high quality sound in mind and people who know music and are expecting a great sound and musical experience) very different to my more regular djing playing 'chart favourites!'  
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Is it possible to get the precisely accurate playing position in milliseconds?
Last post by czyczk -
Is it possible to get the precisely accurate playing position in milliseconds? I did find some title formattings that are capable to do it in seconds, but not milliseconds. I didn't manage to find a solution to this. If there's a solution, please remind me.

It's rather an important issue to consider when doing lyric stuff. Using title formatting would be great in my solution, so that I can fetch it through HTTP requests thanks to foo_httpcontrol, or any related APIs available when building components are welcome.

Thanks a lot!
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Opus / Re: Vorbis Sounds better than Opus at 192 kbps.
Last post by Sajadi -
For sure different sound formats have at least to some degree a "distinct special sound" - which results in many cases from one thing... progress of technology as time moves forward and formats get more efficient and better in general.

But quality wise Opus is better at lower bitrates and size wise often more efficient (compared with various encoded files in OGG/Vorbis and Opus - Opus encodings of the music which i encode are often smaller because Opus demands less Bitrate for the same quality setting) and either equal or marginally better (keeping more sound elements so the resulting converted songs feel more "full") at higher bitrates. Granted, the higher the bitrate the harder the differences can be detected.

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