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General - (fb2k) / Re: Docker Foobar200 image
Last post by Porcus -
Hans is a longstanding audio writer.
I recognized that name and face, and not for the good. He advocates 192 kHz for end-user format out of his willful ignorance of audio. Someone at audiosciencereview posted this screenshot for public ridicule:

Let's see ... we know bat sounds can reach up to 250 kHz, that is more than three octaves over what any human ear has ever heard. How do we know it then? Because we can measure it. (Of course, because the equipment can handle and process sounds way beyond human hearing, we can also play it back at 1/32th speed so you can hear it.)

If it looks like a quack, quacks like a quack, and ducks like a quack, it probably is a quack.
General - (fb2k) / Re: Docker Foobar200 image
Last post by Case -
Do you actually have a problem with sound? Audio really isn't that complex. Some 20 years ago built-in motherboard audio was rather poor and you could hear electronic noise from analog outputs when you moved a mouse. I haven't run into these kinds of issues in a long time.

But if you don't have clean output from your machine it's easy to fix with an external USB DAC. Check some objective reviews that measure the outputs, you will find that excellent fidelity doesn't cost much.
General - (fb2k) / Re: Docker Foobar200 image
Last post by Tom Sea -
Porcus' link shows information from March 2013. A slightly differing view from the Netherlands is found at:

Hans is a longstanding audio writer. That particular video is rather discouraging of using a computer for audiophile work. My original inquiry regarding Docker containers for foobar2000 was based upon the idea of using the NAS as a "light" computer as the video describes, with tagging and cataloging being handled on a different beast.

There are many ways to skin this cat. I just can't afford to be separated from too much money in the process.
General Audio / Re: Does retagging FLAC albums can affect the integrity of FLAC files?
Last post by j7n -
The padding block is overwritten with zeros (cleared) by most software when metadata is changed, and it is extended if the new metadata is shorter. Padding is never removed until you invoke a special command for it. This is by design and allows to remove the cover and add another cover in its place or extend the text data quickly without rewriting the file.

When you edit the text data, the padding is still there but it is smaller. In a file with a large cover art, editing text data causes a noticeable delay in Foobar because it accesses the cover data too.
General - (fb2k) / Help with filters
Last post by Mrakobes -
The task is to display the path in the filters, or rather part of the path - the folder in the middle of the path

Eg: g:\Audio\Metal\Swallow the Sun\2021 - Name Album

My music is sorted on the disk by genre - I want to sort genres without nested and parent folders, how to experiment with variables?

%_path% / %_directoryname%
General Audio / Re: Categorizing music by genre
Last post by Shot2 -
Do you have that dash in the name of your genres "Pop-Rock" or you just used it on the forum?
Do you put hard rock bands in "Pop-Rock" as well. Right?

I use the dash in the tag, yes; could use a slash but when (automatically) sorting the music into folders (with Foobar) it gets converted to a dash anyway.
Yes, it is a catch-all category for anything pop- or rock-like or -related (e.g. what some others consider "disco", "progressive" or other subtle distinctions, whatever they mean by that). As I'm no huge "rock" fan (even though I'm a geologist) that's enough for my needs.
General - (fb2k) / Re: Docker Foobar200 image
Last post by Case -
Case, what do you think of these two software packages; Audio Optimizer and Fidelizer Pro? I do not own them but found them referred to in some other discussions. They are supposed to shut down extraneous processes in a Windows based music server to reduce jitter. Are they snake oil in your opinion?
They might in theory work on some machine, but not the way the authors describe. There are known cases of harware monitoring tools and broken drivers causing DPC latency issues that make realtime audio playback glitchy. If these tools happened to close whatever process or driver was responsible for the issue then they would introduce an actual improvement in sound. But if one suffers from this problem the solution is not to buy these expensive tools but to uninstall the bad software / find the broken driver and update or disable it.

As Porcus' link showed, extra process activity does not cause extra jitter.
General - (fb2k) / Re: DSF file playback
Last post by Case -
The bit depths you see are reported by the decoders. Assuming you use identical status bar configuration on both machines the differences must be caused by you having different version of foo_input_sacd.

The built-in update check can only update components that exist in the official component repository. SACD decoder isn't there, it must be updated manually.

PS: you can safely remove foo_input_dsdiff.