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Lossless / Other Codecs / Re: How important is being syncable?
Last post by Porcus -
bad assumptions about why ALS took so long.
For one thing, the code isn't well optimized. I don't know how much one can speed up by improving, but I remember seeing test runs when FLAC was in its infancy - whether it was before or after 1.0 I don't know - where encoding would be much slower than Monkey's. Like, a factor of two or three. Fast forward a decade and you could flip that ratio. I guess the big part of it is that -e wasn't anymore necessary; I don't remember the exact details, but some are still around early HA threads and I think others I found by wayback machine versions of flac.sourceforge.net
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General - (fb2k) / Re: $meta(rating) or %rating%? Please explain like I'm five.
Last post by anamorphic -
Do I have to change the ReFacets Filter to $meta(rating) IS 5? [EDIT: No, $meta(rating) IS 5 doesn't work. So what do I do?

Yes, but it should be "$meta(rating)" IS 5 or rating IS 5 ... like regor said above, these point to tags.

(In query syntax, any title formatting functions starting with $ need to be in quotes)

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What I don't get is that the Rating bit in the tracks Properties panel is listed as Field name: RATING, but it shows my $meta(rating) ratings just fine.

Yes, the Properties > Metadata tab will always show file tags. The Properties > Details tab is where it will show database info under the Playback Statistics heading.
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General - (fb2k) / Re: Download song-writer(s) information
Last post by da yuyu -
There isn't much consensus regarding that term.
People, online music databases, musical genres... seem to define songwriting in different ways.

If you are willing to spend time on this, the Discogs Credit List (Writting & Arrangement section) is quite handy helping to define your own song-writer's meaning. If you do, please share it here. Maybe someone could then provide a ready-made script.
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Lossless / Other Codecs / Re: How important is being syncable?
Last post by cid42 -
Thanks for the parcor explanation, the pieces are there but it would have taken a long time for me to parse it even with the motivation to understand ALS fully (which I don't have TBH, broadstrokes is enough). I did look at the codec comparison and made bad assumptions about why ALS took so long. The main point for me is that they have done "something" to reduce the impact of coefficients on bitstream size, that seemed necessary for large orders to be viable and it looks like it probably is.

The conclusion I have from this thread is that GOP is interesting to a maximal-compression codec or one that deals with huge orders, only mildly interesting to a more moderate codec because of the complexity. The bigger takeaway is that were a codec to be created now, that compute power has gotten to a point where relatively expensive encoding is viable for fractional percentage point gains; and that being the case, not wasting bits on inefficient overhead would be very important as it's the low hanging fruit. Sync (or at least the many trappings flac has to improve sync performance) not being very important is good news in that respect.
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General - (fb2k) / Re: $meta(rating) or %rating%? Please explain like I'm five.
Last post by InchPerfect -
Oh this is great, thank you.

I think I do want to use foo_playcount after all. I just haven't been using it yet. I'll come to that bit later, though.

With regard to
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With foo_playcount installed: %rating% = database, $meta(rating) = tags
... So apparently ReFacets is using the foo-playcount database rather than the tags? Is that right?

That seems odd. If I'm rating my tracks, as I am now, using $meta(rating), then those are the ratings I've chosen and I want ReFacets to know that.

regor's Playlist Manager is reading the tags. If I do a query, rating IS 5, it finds the 5-star tracks as I'd expect. But when I use the built-in Filter in ReFacets for Top rated tracks, %rating% IS 5, it doesn't look for the tracks I've rated with Quick Tagger and $meta(rating) and returns a different set of tracks.

Oh hang on, maybe that's it. Do I have to change the ReFacets Filter to $meta(rating) IS 5? [EDIT: No, $meta(rating) IS 5 doesn't work. So what do I do?]

What I don't get is that the Rating bit in the tracks Properties panel is listed as Field name: RATING, but it shows my $meta(rating) ratings just fine. I don't seem to need to change that, so why should I need to change the ReFacets Filter? After all, regor's Playlist Manager also behaves as I want without me having to change anything.

Before I get onto what I should be doing now that I've decided that I do want foo_playcount, can you answer the above stuff please. Really grateful. Thanks.