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General Audio / Re: Album Art Downloader XUI
Last post by Wallinder -
I got it working!  :) I installed English (United States) (again) and restarted Windows.
Thanks for your help @AlexVallat
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General Audio / Re: Album Art Downloader XUI
Last post by Wallinder -
Something weird going on. It appears that your windows language/culture settings are set to a non-existent language (0x2000). Could you check in the "Clock, Language and Region" control panel setting that there is a sensible Language and Region set?

Language is set to English (en-SE) and region is set to Sweden.

Edit: I tried to install English (United States), but I still get the same error.

Thanks for taking the time to help me!
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Hi there,

I have a (Hi-Fi) CD player that is fussy about the quality of the audio CD's it will play without skipping, stalling etc.  Regular, purchased music CD's play fine, just burnt CD-R's.  The manual says they should be 8X or below. 

I've just bought an LG GE24NU40, because in the specs on the website it listed 4x, 8x and 16x, etc as supported write speeds for CD-Rs.  Now I've tried it and it seems just the same as any other drive (I've now ended up with three) in that around 14-16x is as slow as it goes even if I select 8x.  I've got some special CD-Rs that are designed for slow speed burning, but it's the same.

What does everybody else do?  Should I try looking for a really old external CD drive?  Find some special software (I can't find any)?
Is there any sites where you can tweak the firmware somehow?

I know I could just listen to the music from my computer but it doesn't sound as good, plus I don't want my computer on all the time whirring away when I'm listening to music.

If I had a CD player that wouldn't play some CDs, I'd pitch it because good CD and DVD players that are perfectly good are so cheap and so readily available (and also so inherently inferior and useless).

I'd also be concerned that I'd be tolerating audible defects out of sentimentality for the old girl.

Your claim that there is this magic CD Rega player that uniquely sounds good is unbelievable without better evidence. You may perceive that, but it takes more than an unsubstantiated exceptional claim based on a sighted evaluation to be acceptable around here. You know, around here we don't mess with kid stuff, right?

Frankly, its been years since I've actually listened to a CD played on a CD or DVD player.

I have a number of optical disc players stashed, but only one of them, the Panasonic BD player is actually hooked up and will power up if you try to turn it on. I only use it to play BD-videos.  Its only connection to the rest of the system is HDMI.

I rip every CD I obtain and play the resulting files on one of my digital audio players.

I don't know if you realize that CD players are the worst way to play CDs because they don't do retries if they encounter read errors like a proper ripping program does, but instead just try to cover the mess up?
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General Audio / Re: Album Art Downloader XUI
Last post by AlexVallat -
Something weird going on. It appears that your windows language/culture settings are set to a non-existent language (0x2000). Could you check in the "Clock, Language and Region" control panel setting that there is a sensible Language and Region set?
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OK, that's a lot to take in.

I think it's never been very good at playing CD-r's.  I have tried cleaning discs from time to time, but I've not noticed any improvement.  Could be it was slightly faulty from when I bought it, I don't know.  I've spoken to the dealer and asked him to ask Rega what they say about this, so I can post back if I get a reply on that.
I've bought an old Teac IDE drive that writes CD's only that has the 4x and 8x CLV modes for less than £10, so if that improves things I'll post on that too. 
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General Audio / Re: Album Art Downloader XUI
Last post by Wallinder -
No, I'm afraid there's no errorlog in the program folder or in %temp%.

If I delete %appdata%\Local\AlbumArtDownloader I see the splash screen going through the scripts, shortly after it crashes.
Strange, if it's capable of showing the splash screen and compiling scripts it certainly ought to be able to write the error log. You could try removing all but one script, just in case there is something there it doesn't like. Delete all the files in script except for util.boo and discogs.boo (for example) and see if it still crashes after compilation.

Removed every script except util.boo and discogs.boo. Now I get an errorlog (attached).

Edit: Has it got to do with language in Windows? I'm using English (en-SE).
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MP3 - Tech / Re: lame3995o
Last post by [JAZ] -
About lame 3.100...
From  URL
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I think the main issue is that after the 3.99.5 release the main SVN
branch (trunk) has been (mis-)used a a feature branch for some
improvements to the psycho-acoustic model. However, these improvements
never really took off, the changes were rather considered as
regressions and after the main developer lost time (and/ot interest?),
nobody really dared to touch that code.

Then came the first patches and fixes addressed at the 3.99.5 release
and were applied on top of the current development state, but nobody
dared to do the overdue point release because of all the other changes
to the code [1]. As such, the code wasn't touched at all anymore,
because it couldn't get released as is and no preparations were ever
made to do a point release with minimal changes to the previous one.

This is at least how I perceived what has happened. However, this
doesn't mean that it really was like this.

Said that, that talk has spuried some changes (security related mostly) that are being done over 3.100.
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MP3 - Tech / Re: lame3995o
Last post by SubV -
Thank you again.

What do you think? Is it still okay to use lame3100m? Because I'm quite satisfied with quality it produces.

Also I think having lowpass at 18.2 kHz will result in more data in bit reservoir, thus making overall better sound quality than 3995o with no lowpass at all (-Q0). Correct me if I wrong.

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The MP3 format has difficulty storing content above 16 KHz without sacrificing quality and increasing the bitrate requirements of the lower frequency bands.

So, the lowpass at 22.1 kHz (3995o -Q0) is an overkill. We cannot hear such high frequencies, anyway.

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The MP3 format has a technical limitation that forces a trade-off: the more accurately the highest frequency band (16 KHz and up, normally) is encoded, the greater the space required to encode the lower frequency bands with similar quality. In other words, if the highest frequencies are preserved well, the quality of the much-more audible lower frequencies is sacrificed, and the bitrate has to be increased significantly to compensate, and it might not always be possible to fully compensate because of the 320 kbps limit on bitrate.
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General Audio / Re: Album Art Downloader XUI
Last post by AlexVallat -
No, I'm afraid there's no errorlog in the program folder or in %temp%.

If I delete %appdata%\Local\AlbumArtDownloader I see the splash screen going through the scripts, shortly after it crashes.
Strange, if it's capable of showing the splash screen and compiling scripts it certainly ought to be able to write the error log. You could try removing all but one script, just in case there is something there it doesn't like. Delete all the files in script except for util.boo and discogs.boo (for example) and see if it still crashes after compilation.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3#Bit_rate

Look at the "MPEG Audio Layer III available bit rates" and "Supported sampling rates by MPEG Audio Format" tables.