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Audio Hardware / Re: may i know your favorite headphone?
Last post by Martel -
HD600 for music at home. HD238 for PC at home (Youtube, games, etc.). Original Samsung headset (HS3303) for everything else (job, gym, commute).
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A word of warning to those using CUETools 2.1.6 on linux (WINE): Do not use the libFLAC decoder! For some reason, it doesn't produce valid output. The audio checksum differs on every decoding attempt (verify/encode), and of course no accurateRip/CTDB match is possible.
i just tested and split an accurate flac image of mine with libflac and with cuetools encoder under wine 3.0 rc5.

the result is still accurate, but the bitrate of the libflac encoded files are higher by 2 bits and the encoder is also much faster!

which version of wine do you use? have you tried a new prefix?
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: OpenMPT Module Decoder
Last post by Sergey77 -
Hi kode54,

Thank You for your work!
I have the following comments:

1. In the attachment the MOD file that DUMB and OpenMPT opens incorrectly in the number of 64 separate modules.
XMPlay opens it correctly like one module. Check, please.

2. Could you make pattern visualization for Columns UI ?

Best regards.
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General Audio / Re: BatchEncoder (Audio Conversion GUI)
Last post by wisodev -
BatchEncoder v3.0 has been released today.

Changes:

- Added refalac support.
- Added twolame support.
- Updated rewavi tool.
- Updated AvsDec tool.
- Added $OUTPATH variable to format template.
- Added additional preset options per item.
- Added support for split multi-channel WAV files.
- Using sol2 to for lua scripting.
- Fixed convert loop crushing with more than 64 threads active.
- Improved performance of remove item from the list.
- Changed script file extension to .lua for progress functions.
- Using xml extensions for configuration.
- Using auto detection of xml file type for drag and drop.
- Using Tools.xml for download url in download.ps1 script.
- Added generate-xml.ps1 PowerShell script.
- Added validate-tools.ps1 PowerShell script.
- Added update-config.ps1 PowerShell script.

Download portable version:

BatchEncoder-3.0-Win32.zip
BatchEncoder-3.0-x64.zip

Download installer version:

BatchEncoder-3.0-Win32.exe
BatchEncoder-3.0-x64.exe
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General Audio / Re: Advice on transformer hum
Last post by Arnold B. Krueger -
Well, as mentioned above this is a very highly regarded DAC and I do like the way it sounds - hence my efforts to address this problem rather than simply swap the DAC. But you are right, changing it for another DAC is always an option.

The statement that the "Limpizator" DACs are "...highly regarded..."  is strictly a matter of a tiny noisy pocket of personal opinon, and requires considerable Cherry Picking to arrive at.

From a technical standpoint, it is a DAC that is intentionally mis-designed and from the pictures, mis-constructed.  It is a blatant example of anti-technology, anti-craftsmanship and anti-engineering.

The most obvious example of mis-design is the the reliance on throwback anti-engineering, one major aspect  of which is the use of an obsolete DAC chip with far less than SOTA performance and elimination of the digital filter and aperture correction that was origionally part of its design. This issue is so strong that it leads to easily measurable frequency response errors that might even be audible.

I could point out that the DAC has tubes, that may look great to some but add expense, complexity, reduce reliability, and possibly hinder sonic accuracy. But this is a level of rationality that I expect to get no traction at all with rabid subjectivists. :-)

Another mis-design element is the avoidance of modern technology for building audio gear that is inherently free of hums and buzzes due to the power line.

The most obvious example of mis-construction is the choice of an inappropriate but inexpensive style of the power transformer, and its location.

If I were to be such a Luddite that any of this weirdness appealed to me, I'd obtain an inexpensive solid state DAC and an equalizer for a fraction of the trouble, size, energy consumption and expense, that had vastly greater flexibility, and the ready ability to remove the equalizer or at least zero out its controls should a burst of sanity ever enter my brain. :-)



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General Audio / Re: Advice on transformer hum
Last post by pdq -
That you "like the way it sounds" is very suspicious. A DAC should not "sound" like anything. It should be simply the equivalent of a straight wire, and if you are attributing anything more to it then you are deluding yourself.

Please accept the advice that you have been given and replace this troublesome device with one that works just as well but does not cause the problems.
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version 171215 crashes on both panels (jscript + wsh)
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General Audio / Re: Advice on transformer hum
Last post by extracampine -
OK- if you are alright working with the unit while the case is off, if it were me I would be using a plastic straw and probably also a light metal rod, each pressed against the power transformers in the unit, with the other end at my ear. IOW, using them as a stethoscope to see which transformer is making the noise.

I think that it is the smaller transformer which I had identified above that is making the noise. I tried prodding it with a rod and also unscrewing it altogether and placing a bit of rubber underneath it though that didn't really seem to help.

Have you contacted the manufacturer regarding this issue?

Yes, I actually sent the unit back to the manufacturer for testing, and there was no hum evident there. I am going to take the DAC to a music shop or 2 this coming weekend to see if it hums there.

My advice is to get rid of that DAC, it's poorly made garbage.  It seems to be far more trouble than it's worth.  I can understand if it was antique or a collectable that is worth something then it maybe worth fixing but this doesn't appear to be the case here.

Well, as mentioned above this is a very highly regarded DAC and I do like the way it sounds - hence my efforts to address this problem rather than simply swap the DAC. But you are right, changing it for another DAC is always an option.

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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: OpenMPT Module Decoder
Last post by deus-ex -
Enjoy the real configuration dialog (you'll need to change your settings from defaults again) [...]
I did not had to update the settings, those were transferred from v0.4.0-pre.3+1 to v0.4.0-pre.3+2. It might be noteworthy that I update foobar2000 and user components manually only, except for the initial installation of foobar2000 which probably makes a difference regarding the preservation of the settings.

[...] enjoy the new pattern visualization [...]
Awesome! After all these years we get to have a live pattern viewer. That's a neat surprise. Thank you very much!
Unfortunately I have to report a bug regarding the pattern visualization right away:

  • foobar2000 crashes upon attempt to advance the playlist when reaching the end of any module AND if the next playlist item is a module OR if the current module is going to be repeated
  • The crash does NOT occur if the next playlist item is not a module OR if the user forces to advance to the next/previous playlist item OR if the user creates/loads a new playlist before the currently played module reaches its natural end.


I'd like to suggest a couple items regarding the pattern visualization. I leave it to your expertise and motivation whether these are feasible, of course:

  • Color customization for the highlight bar
  • Font, style and size customization (foobar2000 default UI settings seem not to apply)
  • Option for continuous pattern display
  • Display presets for 4/8/16/32/64 channels with varying detail (similar to Impulse Tracker UI)
  • Context menu allowing for quick change of continuous pattern display and channel presets
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: OpenMPT Module Decoder
Last post by kode54 -
Try reducing or turning off volume ramping, but note that many XMs will sound bad without it, since the tracker implemented it and many composers assume it will be featured in the player.