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General - (fb2k) / Re: Importing and untangling a chaotic music file system
Last post by Coreda -
I haven't ever experienced an issue with directory depth but I'm not sure if you might happen to have some directories marked 'hidden' in their file properties, as foobar2000 will hide those (as a feature).

If it's not that, and the files in those directories are tagged correctly, then I'm not sure, someone else may know.

I use Mp3Tag to manage tagging and file structure but I know foobar2000 has a solid mass tagger component/addon available which likely can help with the organizational aspect.
General - (fb2k) / Importing and untangling a chaotic music file system
Last post by Beanxx -
Over several decades of maintaining music on a number of devices with an assortment of players, and sometimes trying to import the library of one player with another, thereby ending up with a rat's nest of directories as much as five deep, and multiple redundancy for much of the music.  I have just switched to foobar2000 as my primary player, and as part of that, I have finally managed to get all that music in one folder, and then asked foobar to import it. I was kind of hoping that foobar would rationalize and unify this chaotic assortment of often nested collection of music, the way iTunes will if you are lucky, but I was not too surprised that it didn’t. But I was surprised that importing my main folder did not import any subsidiary folders below the two-layer artist/album hierarchy. I keep noticing that particular music is missing, hunting for it using the windows desktop, and then importing the folder where it is, but I am sure I do not have all of them yet. 

Is there a way to tell Foobar to import a folder with all of its sub-folders?

Can I tell Foobar to flatten my file structure to just two levels, merging folders with the same name and removing duplicate files?

If not foobar itself, is there a plugin to do this?
Ogg Vorbis - General / Re: Car Radio - OGG Vorbis Support?
Last post by Klimis -
This thread makes me think of Android Auto. (Notice that I'm talking about Android Auto, not Android head units, they are two different things). Makes me wish that there were more affordable head units with Android Auto support considering that their electronics shouldn't be any more expensive than a cheap Android head unit. This would solve all the above needs of the OP. I guess the market is not yet mature enough for affordable options, but I would keep an eye on them. I noticed some people doing simple DIY units consisting of a pretty cheap but good display and a Raspberry Pi and the results actually make me want to try them myself. I think I'm going to do one of those DIY solutions and I'll tell you the results.
CD Hardware/Software / Re: CUETools versions 1.9.5 through 2.1.5 (current)
Last post by sanskrit44 -
cuetools 2.16 prerequisites lists net framework 2.0sp2 & vcrun2008.

today i created a fresh 64bit wineprefix, installed only dotnet20sp2 (x64) and to my surprise, cuetools (libflac) was working just fine.

in the changelog of cuetools you find:

I moved from Visual Studio 2005 to Visual Studio 2008, sorry folks, you might need to install yet another MS redistributable (most likely it's already installed): x86 version, x64 version. If you don't see libFLAC in the list of flac encoders, that means you need this redistributable. Although you can just use libFlake instead, which doesn't require it.

is vcrun2008 needed at all?

p.s. it even works with dotnet20sp1 alone - is wine transcendent or what?  8)
Scientific Discussion / Re: IEEE Spectrum - Reverse Engineering the "Cuban Sonic Attacks"
Last post by jsrtheta -
There has been at least one investigation, by Cuba. (It was naturally limited by a lack of cooperation by the U.S.,which may or may not have been justified.)

I would be interested in the reaction of those investigators, and vice versa, as to how this could in fact be done physically in the place where this allegedly happened. And how the effect was accomplished through numerous normal physical barriers and then affected some while not affecting others.
Scientific Discussion / IEEE Spectrum - Reverse Engineering the "Cuban Sonic Attacks"
Last post by Audible! -
Starting in 2016, various (mostly American and Canadian) diplomatic personnel have reported bizarre health effects, with symptoms so strange they were often not believed, and which are potentially even linked brain abnormalities in affected personnel. The Cuban government has (I'd suggest plausibly) denied any responsibility for the strange "attacks", and there seems to be no immediately obvious medical explanation for the symptoms.

In the official IEEE publication Spectrum, two enterprising US & Chinese professors and a grad student have put up a fascinating article providing a plausible explanation for the combination of audible noise and (potentially) detrimental health effects that might be linked to exposure to high powered ultrasonic devices, and most saliently, why ultrasonic devices would be used in a diplomatic context (to quash and/or engage in eavesdropping). In essence, their explanation boils down to Intermodulation Distortion causing the audible effects. Their Spectrum article is essentially distilling bits of their research paper manuscript (pdf direct link), (much of) the abstract of which I'll quote below:

Quote from: Yan, Fu & Xu 2017
We created a proof of concept eavesdropping device to
exfiltrate information by AM modulation over an inaudible ultrasonic carrier. When a second
inaudible ultrasonic source interfered with the primary inaudible ultrasonic source, intermodu-
lation distortion created audible byproducts that share spectral characteristics with audio from
the AP news.  Our conclusion is that if ultrasound played a role in harming diplomats in Cuba,
then a plausible cause is intermodulation distortion between ultrasonic signals that unintention-
ally synthesize audible tones.  In other words, acoustic interference without malicious intent to
cause harm could have led to the audible sensations in Cuba.

Fascinating Stuff!
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