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CUETools / Re: Cannot verify one track album rip without cue file
Last post by Sohl -
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Did you look at the preset in the upper-left corner? Did you ask it to skip recently verified, or verify only if found?
I made sure I had it on the preset that I altered the settings with. Skip recently verified was unchecked and had it always verify regardless if found or not.
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Now if it is already AR verified, you do not need to run it through CUETools - but if it needs repair, then you want CUETools to find it.
The problem was not that Crimson couldn't verify with AR since with the CUE file it does fine, but CUETools not starting the scan for both AR and CTDB cause it thinks it's a full album image. The answer I think I seek is the CDTOC tag which you mentioned earlier or an embedded cue in the FLAC file.
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CUETools is disc-based, and its tag of choice is ACCURATERIPID
I actually use this tag all the time when I get an album that has a HTOA. It let's me verify with AR anytime in the future without having to keep HTOA.
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Blah blah blah unstructured ... ask if I was too unclear about something that you actually care about.
You were pretty clear. I understood everything you explained.
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Opus / Re: Can you ABX this song?
Last post by Deathcrow -
First off: There's a significant misconception in that threat, which is that the codec with less differences to the original is the one with the better quality. If a lossy codec throws away more - to the human ear - inaudible stuff in order to preserve audible segments at higher bitrate it is the better lossy codec, not worse. Arguing from such a position basically ignores the entirety of psychoacoustics.

I've tried my hand at ABXing the tracks from that thread. For a second I imagined to be able to hear a difference, but ABX trials quickly proved me wrong. IMHO if there's an audible difference it's so minute that the smallest lack in concentration makes it go away. But admittedly I'm not super good at ABXing. It's also possible that the guy from the reddit thread has some kind of hearing anomaly that allows him to pick up things that we'd miss, because the psychoaccustics are not tuned for his weird ear.

This kind of "spot the difference" game isn't that interesting to me anyway, particularly when it all comes down to listening to the same 2 seconds of a track 50 or more times until you can make out a tiny difference. At that point it's already way, way, beyond what I'd want out of a lossless codec in terms of quality and I'm more than satisified. I'm not going to care about that when I'm just listening to the music. The problem with that particular track for example is not the lossy encoding, but the loudness and low dynamic range of 5 (according to DR meter), which I can do nothing about... codec barely matters here if everything is already so garbled. I'd have a hard time distinguishing all that clipping (see screenshots) from encoding artifacts.
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Opus / Re: Opus 1.3 is out!
Last post by sveakul -
On the decoder side, only two things have changed since 1.2:
  • The minor spec changes in RFC 8251 are now enabled by default (they were there but disabled by default in 1.2), which slightly improves voice quality around 16 kb/s and makes mono decodes default to disabling phase inversions.
  • There's been security hardening improvements, which makes it even harder for someone to cause problems with malicious files. No change in quality.

Thanks very much for the information jmvalin and all your hard work on this terrific codec.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: iPod manager
Last post by TheEmpathicEar -
Yes, you need to run File/iPod/Load library which should cause the iPod contents to appear in the playlist view. Then, select the relevant (or all) tracks in the playlist, right-click on them and select iPod/Update metadata.

If you can't see the iPod contents after running Load library, post a screenshot or a video of what happens.
One more point of confusion for me.  I referenced this, https://wiki.yuo.be/dop:config:database. When do you need to both "Update Metadata on iPod" and "Rewrite Database"? Or, is it one or the other?
EDIT": I just mapped the database COMPILATION to %compilation% (w/o the brackets []) as you mentioned above. After doing "Load library", I did both a "Update metadata" and "Rewrite database". Now, Music>Compilations on the iPod is empty again. So, something worked, but not as I expected?
EDIT2: I just removed the mapping. Now, Music>Compilations has the two albums that I tagged with IPOD_COMPILATION as before. What's wrong with the mapping? It seems as if I am getting the database update working?
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Opus / Re: Opus 1.3 is out!
Last post by eahm -
OT: still 10 is better than any <10. It's not personal here, I don't care about MS, Apple, Linux, BSD or any other, I just use what's usable for my life and work. I use all of them in different areas.
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Opus / Can you ABX this song?
Last post by anita22 -
HI! This is my first post, so let me introduce myself first: I'm Ana and I'm a huge enthusiast of audio technology, and state-of-the-art audio and video. Opus... well, what can I say. I'm just in love with this codec. It's a just magical, there's nothing quite like this. At least, that's what I thought before reaching this reddit comment. This guy, apparently (he has actually posted some ABX test), is able to discern Opus @320kbps vs. FLAC, and even vs. AAC, which he believes is superior for this particular tune. He claimed later (in a MP) the difference is easy to spot during 2.08 - 2.15. I just can't. 96kbps is transparent to me. He even says later on that Opus @140kbps sounds like trash. My question is, what do you guys think? Is this a killer sample? Is there some king of bug in the encoder? Does he have those alleged golden ears of which there are no proof of existance AFAIK?

Here is the link to the files, so that you can hear it by yourselves. Tell me what do you think.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: iPod manager
Last post by musicmusic -
Yes, you need to run File/iPod/Load library which should cause the iPod contents to appear in the playlist view. Then, select the relevant (or all) tracks in the playlist, right-click on them and select iPod/Update metadata.

If you can't see the iPod contents after running Load library, post a screenshot or a video of what happens.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: iPod manager
Last post by TheEmpathicEar -
The iPod does not look at any tags in the files (other than lyrics) – it looks in its database which this component maintains.

No, the component does not read from a field named COMPILATION in the component's default configuration. If you want to use that field, you need to set the compilation mapping to [%compilation%] .
So, if I change Compilation == %compilation% in the Database tab in iPod Manager and an MP3 has the compilation tag, it will be mapped? I just need to reflect this change in the iPod database? That's what I was trying to do, but need to do more cleanly.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: iPod manager
Last post by musicmusic -
The iPod does not look at any tags in the files (other than lyrics) – it looks in its database which this component maintains.

No, the component does not read from a field named COMPILATION in the component's default configuration. If you want to use that field, you need to set the compilation mapping to [%compilation%] .
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: iPod manager
Last post by TheEmpathicEar -
If you have removed the compilation mapping (left it empty), then the component will look at whether the IPOD_COMPILATION field exists for those tracks. So you would need to set IPOD_COMPILATION to 1 or similar for those tracks, and then resync.

As for not being able to see the iPod contents after running Load library, if you post a screenshot of what you can see that might make things a bit clearer.
First things first. I do have the COMPILATION tag set to 1 on all of those MP3s in my media library on my hard drive. Are you saying that the iPod does not look at this, but IPOD_COMPILATION instead? I definitely do NOT have this on any of those tracks.
EDIT: Yep. I added IPOD_COMPILATION tag to both of those albums setting it to 1 on each MP3. They now appear in the iPod under Music>Compilations. If I knew this, I could have saved myself a lot of trouble. So, going forward, I can always add this tag to any album I consider to be a compilation. As far as making changes to mappings and then trying to migrate those changes to the iPod, Whatever I did worked. When I deleted the mapping you quoted, it was reflected on the iPod. I listed everything I did in post 7102. Maybe the "New playlist" command is not needed. Maybe I just need some tweaking? I'll need to tweak some mapping to see if I can repeat what worked before.
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