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General - (fb2k) / Re: Japanese to Romaji translate
Last post by jellyfishese -
Thank you, I'll try this.
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Right. I focused on the difference that was most objectively and reliably audible and quantifiable.  I counted the tics and pops that I could hear, and did that several times to ensure that I had  fairly stable numbers for each file.  I did this in FooBar's ABX comparator as randomly chosen X's, and then analyzed the ABX log to sort my tic counting runs according to the actual source.

Please tell me how you quantify "improved detail", that is reduce it to numbers that are reliable in a blind test.
When I listen to the two samples, I hear a "freshness" and clarity in the laser sample compared to the needle one. For example, the cymbals have more sparkle. I am realistic enough to acknowledge that this could simply be down to different frequency responses.

I think an important and relevant personal  facility for ignoring tics and pops is being afflicted by one or more common hearing disorders affecting the ability to hear high frequencies. I know for sure that some older friends who are "rediscovering vinyl" fit this profile.

 Being a dyed-in-the-will Placebophile would help, no?

Ever hear of TOS8?

It is easy to show how your answer is dismissive and non-responsive, not to mention in violation of forum rules.

Frankly, I expected nothing better. I get it. In your mind you are right because you think you are right, science and forum rules be damned.

There's a better way to at least attempt to collect reliable and relevant evidence related to  this question. Make the tics go away without affecting the remaining properties of the recording. I think that is  is doable. But there's no reason to do so because of the anti-science posturing.

 Making the tics go away and doing a DBT  would be umm like scientific...
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@randal1013 , I'm not sure what you really need but working with these dates isn't complicated.

If for example you want to dispaly the 3 dates of Playback Statistics (added date,first played & last played) on the "Playlist View" of the Default UI :
$left(%added%,10)  $right(%added%,8)
$if(%first_played%,$left(%first_played%,10)  $right(%first_played%,8))
$if(%last_played%,$left(%last_played%,10)  $right(%last_played%,8))

Here's also an example of an auto-playlist for tracks added in the last 8 weeks :
%added% DURING LAST 8  WEEKS  SORT DESCENDING BY %added%

An example of an auto-playlist for tracks added in 2016 :
"$year(%added%)" EQUAL "2016" SORT DESCENDING BY %added%
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Vinyl / Re: WSJ asks Why Vinyls Boom Is Over
Last post by Paul_ 2012 -
Thanks for the insights, apart from all the noise that comes with vinyl, my reasons are much simpler, I just can't be bothered with all the rigmarole of dealing with it. Having music at your finger tips and being able to easily select individual tracks, albums or genres at the touch of a button from a hard drive is bliss.
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I tested EsPlaylist for DUI which doesn't have this behaviour. Also, Columns UI's NGplaylist works as expected too.
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MP3 - Tech / recordingto mp3 with mp3DirectCut
Last post by AndyH-ha -
I installed the latest program version on a Windows 10 Pro system. My need on this machine is to record in mp3 format using the LAME encoder. I have done this quite easily under Windows XP and Windows 7.

Here, in Windows 10, the main problem is that there is no record button. But that isn't all.

When I first installed the program and configured it, the only input device listed was wave mapper. Wave Mapper does not seem to actually be a source of anything. The only really valid input, 'line in', doesn't show anywhere until something is actually plugged into the input jack.

I did load, and play, an mp3 file in mp3DirectCut but didn't attempt to do any operations on it.

Once I plug a hardware player into the input jack and told the system it is to be a line in jack (not a microphone jack), line-in becomes a selectable input for recording. However, when I opened mp3DirectCut, with line-in selected as its input device, the record button was no longer there. After that, no matter what I do, the record button stays AWOL.

Also now, when I open an existing mp3 file with the program, all the operation controls are gone. I can not play the file nor do anything else with it. If I close the mp3 file, all controls, except the record button, reappear. Open a file, the controls disappear again.

I installed CoolEdit 2000. It records properly from line in and plays back what it records. Everything seem normal.

Can anyone use mp3dDirectCut, especially for recording, in Windows 10?
Any ideas about the strange behavior on my computer?
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Right. I focused on the difference that was most objectively and reliably audible and quantifiable.  I counted the tics and pops that I could hear, and did that several times to ensure that I had  fairly stable numbers for each file.  I did this in FooBar's ABX comparator as randomly chosen X's, and then analyzed the ABX log to sort my tic counting runs according to the actual source.

Please tell me how you quantify "improved detail", that is reduce it to numbers that are reliable in a blind test.
When I listen to the two samples, I hear a "freshness" and clarity in the laser sample compared to the needle one. For example, the cymbals have more sparkle. I am realistic enough to acknowledge that this could simply be down to different frequency responses.

But that isn't really the point. What I was trying to suggest is that when comparing two needle drops, some people (like Arny) seem to zone in on differences in the faults, while others (like me) zone in on the general character of the sound. My hypothesis is that this different psychological response may be at the root of why some people enjoy vinyl (despite its obvious flaws), while others simply can't.

Please apply what we know about experimental design. Both samples were obviously digitized vinyl. Therefore the issues you just raised are common to both transcriptions. No such conclusion can be arrived at by any means that I know of from listening to two transcriptions of what was presumably the same LP.

I was wondering - same cartridge?
I don't understand. We're talking about two needle drops from different turntables, and noticing the differences. It's obviously possible to draw conclusions about differences between the two transcriptions. They clearly aren't using the same cartridge - indeed one of them isn't using a cartridge at all.

Finally, "Improved detail" and tics and pops are AFAIK orthogonal. They can be independent properties of an audio file, particularly if a particularly good job of removing tics and pops is used before the recordings are compared as related to detail.
Quite so. They are unrelated - hence my interest in noting that you focus on one while I focus on the other.

Please note that no way did I say that the only audible differences between the files were the tics and pops. I just said the tics and pops  were the most obvious to me. Anybody want to read my mind and argue with that statement? ;-)
And please note that I never said otherwise - just that since it was the faults that were most glaring to you, could this be a factor in how you respond to vinyl playback in general?

In other words, we can place listeners into two categories: those who can (to some extent) dial out the faults of vinyl in order to enjoy the music, while others find those faults so off-putting that they simply cannot stomach listening to vinyl.
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I have two questions:

1) Why does Playback Statistics convert a normal human timestamp into computerspeak when writing statistics to file tags? E.g.: 2017-06-02 21:36:22 becomes 131409273821466963.

2) Is there a simple way for a layman to convert a human timestamp into this computerspeak format?
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Well, yes, but that's to be expected, since the Album List is mostly a stock tree view, while the Playlist Viewer is entirely a custom control.