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General Audio / Re: Categorizing music by genre
Last post by zoliky -
I would like to adopt a fundamental music genre classification by which I mean to have a "Pop" genre for everything Pop (Pop, Dance-Pop, Teen Pop, Sophisti-pop, Soul Pop, Art Pop, Synthpop, etc...) so I can put all those in one single Pop genre.

I would like to do something similar with Rock. A main "Rock" genre to include everything rock maybe excluding just metal (Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, Classic Rock, Melodic Rock, etc..).

That would probably save me from a lot of headaches down the road in terms of clasification. On thing I noticed is that the allmusic website goes even simpler putting both genres under one catchall "Pop/Rock" genre. That would make things even simpler I think.

https://www.allmusic.com/genres

Not sure which one of these two to go with.
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General Audio / Re: Categorizing music by genre
Last post by Adil -
There is a sub-genre called "Pop Rock" for music like Bryan Adams or Huey Lewis and the News. These bands cannot be classified into Hard Rock but I think "Pop Rock" fits them well.

This topic is very interesting, the subject here is complex for me too.

In leaner discographies it is not very difficult to categorize the albums and their respective bands, but in immense discographies the challenge is present because of a more orderly organization that ends up proving necessary.

Just taking the example from the excerpt I extracted above, over the years I found that "Pop Rock" became a nomenclature that encompassed many bands that did not necessarily share the same feeling. That's when I created for myself a differentiation that has proved to be very effective so far and against which I no longer see the need to promote changes: I differentiated "Pop Rock" from "Rock Pop".

For me, Bryan Adams is "Rock Pop" and Huey Lewis and the News is "Pop Rock".

My criteria is based on subjective motives, but if I tried to describe them, I would try to say that, within the generic "Pop Rock" style, if the Artist/Album sounds more like Rock (more guitar elements) then it is "Rock Pop" and if it sounds more like Pop (more keyboard elements) then it would be "Pop Rock".

I categorize "Progressive Rock" when the Artist/Album doesn't fit into either "Rock Pop" or "Hard Rock", that is, it has very pronounced elements of guitars (and keyboards), but they wouldn't coexist well with AC/DC, Def Leppard, Poison and Quiet Riot, for example.

This differentiation has worked very well for me.
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General Audio / Re: Does retagging FLAC albums can affect the integrity of FLAC files?
Last post by zordaz -
Yes, I'm using rsync but I'm going to upgrade to a new hard drive so I will re-upload all the albums to it again. In this situation keeping the old date won't be an issue, as the new HDD will be empty when I run rsync. The rsync software will want to push them all when it will notice the folders aren't present on the new drive. But yes, for future edits that's a good thing to consider.

Be aware of the fact that when using rsync to sync incremental changes of your library on a later moment, you probably need to use the '-c' option as well if you have edited tags only and leaves the time-stamp unchanged. A regular 'rsync -zavh' often won't pick up the changes in that case.
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General Audio / Re: Categorizing music by genre
Last post by zordaz -
I could live with the genre completely removed from my FLAC files. I don't care about it as I never search by genre, however the music ripping software ask for one genre at least. I'm using Linux.

I agree completely with it, in the past I spent too much time on tagging/re-tagging the genres and was never satisfied. In the end I was done with it and cleared the genre tag for my entire digital music collection of ~34.000 files and never looked back.
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General Audio / Re: Categorizing music by genre
Last post by zoliky -
There is a sub-genre called "Pop Rock" for music like Bryan Adams or Huey Lewis and the News. These bands cannot be classified into Hard Rock but I think "Pop Rock" fits them well.  The sub-genre "Pop Rock" can derive from both "Pop" or "Rock" according to the RYM website: https://rateyourmusic.com/genres
so if I want to go with more generic genres and have only  two main genres like "Pop" and "Rock" in which one I put the "Pop Rock" music is probably up to me. I would probably put the Pop Rock albums in "Rock."
I think plain pop is more like Debbie Gibbson, Madonna, or Michael Jackson but I may be wrong.

Rock: Bryan Adams, Huey Lewis and the News, Kim Carnes, etc..
Pop: Debbie Gibbson, Martika, Wilson Phillips, Madonna, etc..

This website is interesting too https://www.blisshq.com/music-library-management-blog/2011/01/25/fundamental-music-genre-list/
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CUETools / Re: CUETools Profiles
Last post by SimBun -
You're right indeed and it is rare. To give you an impression: during the years I have (retro) verified approx. 2500 CDs against AccurateRip, mostly without CUE sheet. The amount of discs that could not be verified because of the absence of it was less than 5. So I can understand the request.
Did you actually try to verify the discs that you did have cue sheets for, without it?

I've ripped just over 1800 discs and need cue sheets for 294 of them, of which 268 were purely for discs with pregaps (it's more than I thought!).

With albums from artists including Bee Gees, David Bowie, Dire Straits, The Flaming Lips, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Metallica, The Police, Radiohead and Stevie Wonder, and even the early UK releases of Now That's What I Call Music (up to number 35).

I think it was early on in the CD era, but I don't know if it was more prevalent in some regions than others.
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CUETools / Re: CUETools Profiles
Last post by zordaz -
I don't know if you care whether the resulting files can be verified against AccurateRip, but if you do then in a small percentage of cases it's important to keep a cue. Off the top of my head it's discs with pregaps, one's that have hidden tracks in the disc pregap and those that have data elements, but I'd have to look over my workflow logic to confirm.

You're right indeed and it is rare. To give you an impression: during the years I have (retro) verified approx. 2500 CDs against AccurateRip, mostly without CUE sheet. The amount of discs that could not be verified because of the absence of it was less than 5. So I can understand the request.
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General - (fb2k) / Re: Docker Foobar200 image
Last post by Porcus -
Using toslink also isolates the DAC, but I prefer USB, so I use the dongle I mentioned, and my noise floor is nice and clean.  :)

There are USB-audio devices with toslink out. I have a few USB-audio devices, including one of those M-Audio thingies with the "Transit" name on it, and since my (active) speakers only accept SPDIF coax, I would use a converter on that.

There was an era when many (most, I think?) consumer-grade motherboards would have toslink out, but rarely coax - for all that I know, that may still be the case.
I can understand why - there were lots of noisy things going on onboard a computer, and I have (/have had) PC/USB-to-SPDIF combinations that spit enough noise over the coax for an annoyingly audible hiss.


and most importantly his audio is good. It should be obvious but when you are talking about audio it is more convincing if your sound quality is good.

Hard to disagree on that ...

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CUETools / Re: CUETools Profiles
Last post by SimBun -
I don't know if you care whether the resulting files can be verified against AccurateRip, but if you do then in a small percentage of cases it's important to keep a cue. Off the top of my head it's discs with pregaps, one's that have hidden tracks in the disc pregap and those that have data elements, but I'd have to look over my workflow logic to confirm.