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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.
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LAME MP3 encoder has no intensity stereo nor PNS ... and yet it's better than FAAC at 64-96 kbps. 
Actually, that may be true, faac-1.28 probably is slightly worse than lame @64-96 but what's the point to argue about such ancient versions.
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Is the Command Line Switches changed in FAAC 1.29?
There were some changes recently.
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General Audio / Re: Album Art Downloader XUI
Last post by Wallinder -
I've grown really fond of this wonderful application.  :-*

However, I recently did a reinstall of Windows 10 (Creators Update) and cannot start Album Art Downloader. I found this thread and I do not have Riva Tuner installed. I've installed "dotnetfx35setup.exe". Please help me.
Did AlbumArtDownloader produce an errorlog.txt in the program folder, or in %temp%\AAD_errorlog.txt ?

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.