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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: iPod manager
Last post by TheEmpathicEar -
Yes, you need to run File/iPod/Load library which should cause the iPod contents to appear in the playlist view. Then, select the relevant (or all) tracks in the playlist, right-click on them and select iPod/Update metadata.

If you can't see the iPod contents after running Load library, post a screenshot or a video of what happens.
One more point of confusion for me.  I referenced this, https://wiki.yuo.be/dop:config:database. When do you need to both "Update Metadata on iPod" and "Rewrite Database"? Or, is it one or the other?
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Opus / Re: Opus 1.3 is out!
Last post by eahm -
OT: still 10 is better than any <10. It's not personal here, I don't care about MS, Apple, Linux, BSD or any other, I just use what's usable for my life and work. I use all of them in different areas.
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Opus / Can you ABX this song?
Last post by anita22 -
HI! This is my first post, so let me introduce myself first: I'm Ana and I'm a huge enthusiast of audio technology, and state-of-the-art audio and video. Opus... well, what can I say. I'm just in love with this codec. It's a just magical, there's nothing quite like this. At least, that's what I thought before reaching this reddit comment. This guy, apparently (he has actually posted some ABX test), is able to discern Opus @320kbps vs. FLAC, and even vs. AAC, which he believes is superior for this particular tune. He claimed later (in a MP) the difference is easy to spot during 2.08 - 2.15. I just can't. 96kbps is transparent to me. He even says later on that Opus @140kbps sounds like trash. My question is, what do you guys think? Is this a killer sample? Is there some king of bug in the encoder? Does he have those alleged golden ears of which there are no proof of existance AFAIK?

Here is the link to the files, so that you can hear it by yourselves. Tell me what do you think.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: iPod manager
Last post by musicmusic -
Yes, you need to run File/iPod/Load library which should cause the iPod contents to appear in the playlist view. Then, select the relevant (or all) tracks in the playlist, right-click on them and select iPod/Update metadata.

If you can't see the iPod contents after running Load library, post a screenshot or a video of what happens.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: iPod manager
Last post by TheEmpathicEar -
The iPod does not look at any tags in the files (other than lyrics) – it looks in its database which this component maintains.

No, the component does not read from a field named COMPILATION in the component's default configuration. If you want to use that field, you need to set the compilation mapping to [%compilation%] .
So, if I change Compilation == %compilation% in the Database tab in iPod Manager and an MP3 has the compilation tag, it will be mapped? I just need to reflect this change in the iPod database? That's what I was trying to do, but need to do more cleanly.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: iPod manager
Last post by musicmusic -
The iPod does not look at any tags in the files (other than lyrics) – it looks in its database which this component maintains.

No, the component does not read from a field named COMPILATION in the component's default configuration. If you want to use that field, you need to set the compilation mapping to [%compilation%] .
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: iPod manager
Last post by TheEmpathicEar -
If you have removed the compilation mapping (left it empty), then the component will look at whether the IPOD_COMPILATION field exists for those tracks. So you would need to set IPOD_COMPILATION to 1 or similar for those tracks, and then resync.

As for not being able to see the iPod contents after running Load library, if you post a screenshot of what you can see that might make things a bit clearer.
First things first. I do have the COMPILATION tag set to 1 on all of those MP3s in my media library on my hard drive. Are you saying that the iPod does not look at this, but IPOD_COMPILATION instead? I definitely do NOT have this on any of those tracks.
EDIT: Yep. I added IPOD_COMPILATION tag to both of those albums setting it to 1 on each MP3. They now appear in the iPod under Music>Compilations. If I knew this, I could have saved myself a lot of trouble. So, going forward, I can always add this tag to any album I consider to be a compilation. As far as making changes to mappings and then trying to migrate those changes to the iPod, Whatever I did worked. When I deleted the mapping you quoted, it was reflected on the iPod. I listed everything I did in post 7102. Maybe the "New playlist" command is not needed. Maybe I just need some tweaking? I'll need to tweak some mapping to see if I can repeat what worked before.
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Audio Hardware / Re: Buying vintage receivers
Last post by 4season -
Electrolytic capacitors are the bane of vintage electronics, but much depends on how the units were stored over the years. Some of the stuff I encounter looks like it was kept under iffy conditions like unheated garages or storage units, and those may need more restoration work.

Before hooking up speakers I might want to ensure that the receiver is not passing any significant amounts of DC or running abnormally warm, both of which could indicate leaky coupling capacitors. Ditto if controls seem particularly noisy.

In my limited experience, 1970s/80s Technics tend to be neatly done with a minimum of point to point wiring.
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Opus / Re: Opus 1.3 is out!
Last post by mzso -
8 was insanely bad, 8.1 was one of their best but we are OT.
Indeed we're off topic.  (I blame your naive "why wouldn't the latest version be recommended" question  :P )
Anyway, 8.1 is not really a separate OS, only an update of the 8 (regardless of marketing BS). (Naturally I don't use a pre-8.1 version)
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General - (fb2k) / Re: Skip Silence DSP accidentally enabled for months while ripping music
Last post by christopher -
The threshold you set pretty much means only absolute digital silence has been stripped. I'd think majority of your files are affected as non-gapless CDs generally have two seconds of silence between tracks. If you aren't a perfectionist having an altered collection may not be too bad, but I know I would rerip the tracks.

I wouldn't worry too much about missing digital silence; depending on how your drive interprets track markers you may have never been able to rip them anyway.

The start of the audio portion of a CD track is technically its index 01. The two-second silence before the first track on a disc, if there is one, is technically the pregap (index 00) before the track. The Red Book spec was that it should be at least two seconds (150 frames) at the start of the CD and a similar leadout at the end - gaps between tracks is somewhat more optional. Nowadays it's not really strictly adhered to.

CD players will play the pregap (and if they're designed strictly to the Red Book spec, they will display a minus time countdown, then start counting from 0 when the audio track begins). It's a bit hit and miss these days. Despite the standard being clear on pregap, some CD players nowadays don't bother them and some can't even 'rewind' into the pregap. Nowadays it seems people discard the pregap when ripping, unless they care about preserving the duration of songs.

Hacking the spec (using Sequioa, Sonoris DDP creator, CDRWIN or similar cuesheet creation tools) you can produce an audio CD with audio in the index 00 - you end up with 'hidden tracks', which you can't skip to (unless your CD player lets you specify both track and index) -- but you can listen to them if you let the CD play through.

The stealthiest hidden tracks were hidden at index 0 of track 1 (making them impossible to listen to unless you rewind into them from the start of track 1) or at the very end of a long pregap which was otherwise digital silence.

Whenever I rip CDs, I set my ripper up so that if there's any non-zero duration pregap detected for a track in the TOC and PQ metadata, it appends the same duration to the end of the previous track. That means they'll play back correctly when listening in 'album mode', but not add digital silence to the start of the following track.

If in doubt, rip the CD as FLAC + cuesheet (preserving gaps), and play back using the cuesheet. You'll be able to see any pregaps by inspecting the cue, and you'll be able to subsequently produce individual files from the FLAC+CUE by splitting on index markers.

Nowadays with effectively-gapless albums, pregap / pause mark / track end marks are not really used. Apparently Florence and the Machine - 'Lungs' and The Script - 'The Script' CD albums are recent issues with some non-zero gaps between tracks.

I think I probably have about one- or two-dozen CDs out of my whole collection which use non-zero pregaps. It was a thing in the 80s and early 90s but it fell out of fashion as people realised they could be more creatively interesting by doing 'gapless' tracks and inserting their own transitions between tracks.

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