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Site Related Discussion / Re: Why am I banned?
Last post by TheEmpathicEar -
You could try finding a more reputable VPN that doesn't get blacklisted for spamming, but if you goal is to pirate music, that is probably not what you're looking for.  You may just have to try to be more careful about logging out. 
Is there such a thing as a "reputable" VPN? Misdirection and encryption? They don't really strike me as such... In all seriousness though, could not anyone use any VPN to spam?
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Opus / Re: Can anyone reliably ABX OPUS at 160kbps?
Last post by polemon -
Actually, yes, that's another aspect I forgot about: low-delay, low-bandwidth speech codecs.

Not necessarily the ones used in VoIP, but the ones used in digital voice radio, like DMR, D-Star, Yaesu Fusion, etc.
Transmission errors are expected, and they routinely happen. Digital voice over SSB experiences "banding", which is basically like a moving attenuation, moving across the baseband and time.

You can see them here: https://www.rowetel.com/images/codec2/robust2/mod_test_2000_moderate_10dB_waterfall.png
(Picture taken from https://www.rowetel.com/?p=2905)

You can see the spectrogram of the channel, and dark squiggly lines permeating it. Having a fixed frame size helps discarding and expecting the next frame, when they're broken beyond recognition. Voice quality degradation is at times quite substantial, although that also depends on the codec itself. While DMR sounds pretty good, even if the signal is weak and when there's interference, D-Star sounds horrible, except if reception is excellent.
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Site Related Discussion / Re: Why am I banned?
Last post by saratoga -
You could try finding a more reputable VPN that doesn't get blacklisted for spamming, but if you goal is to pirate music, that is probably not what you're looking for.  You may just have to try to be more careful about logging out. 
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Opus / Re: Can anyone reliably ABX OPUS at 160kbps?
Last post by seventhstar -
Hola! This says opusenc:

"Encoding options:
--bitrate N.nnn
    Set target bitrate in kbit/s (6-256 per channel).
    In VBR mode this specifies the average rate for a large and diverse collection of audio. In CVBR and Hard-CBR mode it specifies the specific output bitrate.
    The default for input with a sample rate of 44.1 kHz or higher is 64 kbit/s per mono stream and 96 kbit/s per coupled pair.
--vbr
    Use variable bitrate encoding (default)
    In VBR mode the bitrate may go up and down freely depending on the content to achieve more consistent quality.
--cvbr
    Use constrained variable bitrate encoding.
    Outputs to a specific bitrate. This mode is analogous to CBR in AAC/MP3 encoders and managed mode in Vorbis coders. This delivers less consistent quality than VBR mode but consistent bitrate.

--hard-cbr
    Use hard constant bitrate encoding.
    With hard-cbr every frame will be exactly the same size, similar to how speech codecs work. This delivers lower overall quality but is useful where bitrate changes might leak data in encrypted channels or on synchronous transports. "

I use 160 kbps VBR for heavy metal music and the sound is quite transparent. Excuse my bad English :P
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Audio Hardware / Audio-Technica ATW-R03 VHF radio mic receiver fault
Last post by Philip Le Riche -
I'm trying to resurrect one of these VHF radio mics which hasn't been used for many years. All I get out of the output jack is noise, whether or not the mic is turned on. It sounds very much like it's gone off tune (it should be 175MHz).

Inside, the receiver there are 5 ferrite core coils and 2 pots. I guess if I knew how to adjust them I could fix it. No sign of a service manual online that Google could find.

Suggestions, anybody?

Regards - Philip
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: MathAudio Room EQ for Foobar2000
Last post by krabapple -
Does the software offer the option to correct only below the Schroeder frequency of the room, as per the recommendations of Toole and some others who assert that 'correcting' above that may be detrimental.  Below Schroeder, room modal effects dominate; above it, reverberant effects dominate.   For 'typical' rooms it's circa 300Hz. 

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Audio Hardware / Griffin iMic or similar hardware for recording from tape
Last post by tehabe -
Even though I don't plan to digitise all my tapes I like to have the option to do so. I found the Griffin iMic which has a line-in option, which leads to my first question, because most have a microphone in but no line in. How important is this in a practical environment?

Also are there alternatives? What should I look out for? (Features)
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Site Related Discussion / Re: Why am I banned?
Last post by TheEmpathicEar -
@Porcus For whatever reason, what U suggested did not work for me. I used CCleaner and ticked "Cookies" under "Google Chrome". I am now doing this on my desktop. Wrapping my head around this fiasco:
1. I must have had my VPN running in the background and forgot about it.
2. Myself and many others get blasted - no history here taken into account. Some random IP(s) gets banned.
3. Ban is enforced by cookie(s).
4. Clearing all cookies "resets" this.
5. I am back to normal now? Did I forget anything?
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Opus / Re: Vorbis Sounds better than Opus at 192 kbps.
Last post by Sajadi -
My experience is that Opus suffers from very occasional killer samples

As it is also stated in the Opus part of the wiki (https://wiki.hydrogenaud.io/index.php?title=Opus):
"160-192 kbps - Transparent with very low chance of artifacts (a few killer samples still detectable)."

So far i had no issues when creating Opus variants of tracks with a length of 5 minutes or more. Using here 256 kbps.
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