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Support - (fb2k) / "Enter" plays previous song
Last post by aeidein -
After launching Foobar, when I highlight a song and hit Enter, instead of playing the selected song, it plays the previous track.  Any ideas what might be causing this?
Audio Hardware / Re: Electrostatic speaker myths
Last post by andy o -
I got a pair of the less expensive ML's that I got a good deal for years ago. The thing that most jumped out at me is not exactly the sound per se, which is just fine, but they have very narrow dispersion, so much so that moving your head just above the speaker panel's height, at fairly far away, will drop off treble noticeably. Just moving your head a few inches up and down you can easily tell the difference. The base even is angled like a wedge, and you can rotate it 180° to angle the speaker upwards a bit because of this. So, if I'm walking around the apartment, I don't use those speakers for music, they're my home theater mains.

Also the sound doesn't come from a point like regular tweeter speakers, it "shoots" from the whole surface of the panel, so I think (and others can correct me if I'm wrong) that volume should fall off with distance differently than a regular speaker.
Vinyl / 33 vs 45rpm -- Technical Differences
Last post by Foobar3030 -
My understanding is that differences in their sound quality can be attributed to the following:

  • 45s are typically shorter. This means that music needs to be less dynamically-compressed to avoid skipping as the grooves can be cut more deeply. This could have an effect on bass frequencies.
  • 45s are often mastered 'hot' for use as singles or for clubs. Listeners typically have a bias towards louder music, and thus dynamic-range compression can be interpreted as higher quality.

Am I missing something here? I have seen claims that 45s have a greater 'resolution' or lower SNR, but I don't immediately see how these points follow from groove density or playback speed of the recording -- surely this is related to the source and mastering of the music?

Let's say, for example, that I produce a short 2 KHz sine wave with consistent peak amplitude. I press it to 45 and 33rpm 12" records with no additional mastering. When played back, should the sound quality of these records differ -- and if so, how/why?
General Audio / Re: Album Art Downloader XUI
Last post by AlexVallat -
Getting repeated crash when trying to update/change presets:
Error log:
? is there a fix?
Thanks for reporting that. I haven't been able to reproduce the issue, can you give me the exact steps that cause it? On the popup menu you click "Edit Presets..." and then what, it crashes immediately? Or are you trying to add or delete a preset? Have you previously been able to add or delete any presets? You could try resetting your settings by deleting the %localappdata%\AlbumArtDownloader folder, that might help.
Beyerdynamic DT 770, the old ones with the cool new ear pads in grey.  8)

I use them for recording sessions with my band, but also when doing listening tests for FAAC back then.
Support - (fb2k) / Re: [1.4 b3]
Last post by Case -
The network settings only affect playing of internet streams. If you have slow or unreliable internet connection increasing the buffer size can help prevent unwanted stutter. But larger buffer makes playback start slower.

If your internet connection requires using a proxy server this page also allows configuring how foobar2000 should use it.

Dynamic title checkbox tells if foobar2000 should show individual track names picked from the stream. Not sure how that can be a problem for proxies though.

If you don't play streams or play them but don't have any problems, there's no need to touch this page. If you have music on NAS drive for example the settings here are irrelevant to that, as you most likely access the music over SMB protocol.
3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: MIDI plugin quality?
Last post by hakadespra -
ok. this is just exactly what i need. like taking the best parts of the soundfonts i like and bring them together.

finally it would be great to have "this one great soundfont" with all the best sounds, but this is just one way to do it i guess.

i will check this out. this is definitely nerd heaven. :-)

thanks for pointing out what this is!
3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: SimPlaylist (foo_simplaylist)
Last post by wcs13 -
Wow. Thanks. I hate when software makes decisions for us, especially aesthetically.
I wish there was an option in the prefs to disable this. But since this component seems to no longer be actively developed...
If I recall, Frank did the same for Facets : create it, make it work, then assume it's good enough and leave it "as is" without any further improvements. Fair enough, right ?