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@Case : I have feature request. Can we have upgraded skipping resolution to sub-second fractions? Like 0,01 sec. or to CD frames (1/75 sec.)? Or is it technically impossible?
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Can anyone help me set this thing up I'm getting some pops, crackles and the occasional screech...........

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMCUyBI03ro
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@Wolfbane : Preferences -> Advanced -> Display -> Properties Dialog -> Standard fields -> append there at the end something like:
Code: [Select]
;Skip indicator=SKIP
Semicolon is just parsing symbol, to separate it from last field name that is there. "Skip indicator" is name of your personal choice. SKIP is an unchangeable name of the tag. I think this is exactly what you need. In this way you can add or remove any field to/from Properties window, fitting it exactly to your needs. Personally my beloved foobar option :)
What it gives you in this particular case (or anyone else who may read it in future)? You can very easily add SKIP information to any track that is already present in your library or will be added in future. You can even selectively choose several tracks on any active playlist (or all of them at once), invoke their "Properties" window and easily add some information there, into SKIP field. I am also doing it in other way. I got my own "Keywords" tag, where I add various non essential but potentially useful informations (artists ANVs - like EBTG for Everything But The Girl, mood, informations about game that track comes from, some specific title / artist name distortion that I usually struggle with, some other kinds of associations that I keep in mind for certain track). I also sometime add there just a word "skip". And I configured my foo_skip plugin to skip tracks which contain word "skip" in KEYWORDS field ($meta(KEYWORDS) HAS skip).
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Let's just assume, it was a really good microphone, for well over $100. Probably some nice Condenser mic, with tube mic amps and everything, providing all the warmth and flavor for maximum veil-lifting.

I felt kinda queasy when I saw that microphones are placed in front of speakers on a live set for the first time. Then someone pointed out to me, that the speaker an electric guitar is connected to, is considered part of the instrument, technically. So then it kinda all made sense, eventually. etc.

So, maybe we should consider his amp and speakers part of the entire exercise?
You will fall into Atmasphere's trap when continue to talk about mic quality, speakers and other nonsense. in this post I already pointed out a Zoom can sound better even when casually pointed to the speakers in a messy room without even using a tripod. If you are curious about the model that Atmasphere used in his flac, it is an H2n, as reported in his file's metadata:
A=PCM,F=44100,W=16,M=stereo,T=ZOOM Handy Recorder H2n XY STEREO

Now compare with my remaster in this post. Yes, a Zoom should at least sound like this. Find some random Vivaldi The Four Seasons-Summer recordings in Youtube, Spotify and so on and realize how strange Atmasphere's recording is. That was obviously an intentional attempt to hide his preamp's weakness.

Why use a mic? Simple. Low frequency hum? Furnace. Clicking sound? My wife was clipping her nails. Surface noise? It was me moving my ass on the sofa. You have infinite excuses when you record with a mic.
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General Audio / Re: A day of vinyl -- a reminder of inferior technology
Last post by polemon -
Dude did a needle drop with A Mic?
Let's just assume, it was a really good microphone, for well over $100. Probably some nice Condenser mic, with tube mic amps and everything, providing all the warmth and flavor for maximum veil-lifting.

I felt kinda queasy when I saw that microphones are placed in front of speakers on a live set for the first time. Then someone pointed out to me, that the speaker an electric guitar is connected to, is considered part of the instrument, technically. So then it kinda all made sense, eventually. etc.

So, maybe we should consider his amp and speakers part of the entire exercise?
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I've been using Chrome-dev and Firefox Nightly for years now. Both are considered to be "unstable". However, they're incredibly robust!

Especially Firefox Nightly is incredibly well made for what it is.

As of this writing, my version numbers are:

    Chrome-dev: Version 64.0.3269.3 (Official Build) dev (64-bit)
    Firefox Nightly: 59.0a1 (2017-12-16) (64-bit)

In all the years, I had Nightly behave weirdly on me twice, and Chrome had once a weird issue with displaying some fonts. So for unstable versions, they're pretty robust, if you ask me.

I tend to use both in tandem, Firefox mainly for textual stuff, as it has a better working font rendering engine, etc. Chrome on the other hand is better integrated with other Google products, so I use Chrome for Youtube, Google Drive, and Google Hangouts.

Firefox Quantum has been recently released with the latest release-version of Firefox. I've used it for quite some time, since I'm a Nightly user, but tbh. it offers only really marginal improvement, but it does put it on par with Chrome most of the time (except for the pages that Google intentionally cripples and/or slows down, if you don't use Chrome).
 
I also run Vivaldi every once in a while, mainly to try things out, etc. It's kindof a shame, they also use Blink, the same engine Chrome uses. I quite liked Opera/Vivaldi being the underdog and providing their own engine, which was also pretty good.

I've yet to try out Edge, as I don't use any Microsoft OS past Windows 7. My Win7 VM still has some Internet Explorer version, which I never bother using.
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General Audio / Re: A day of vinyl -- a reminder of inferior technology
Last post by Audible! -
Dude did a needle drop with A Mic?

After all that prevarication?

Are you fscking kidding me???
Unreal.

 
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FLAC / Re: script to update all music library to 1.3.2
Last post by polemon -
Vulnerabilities and/or bugs fixed, new features... You have to check the changelog and decide for yourself if it's worth the hassle: https://xiph.org/flac/changelog.html
It seems they just made the tool and library more robust with edge cases, that would otherwise lead to crashing or an undefined behavior. They seem to haven't changed really anything with the actual encoding, apart from speed optimization.

So, really, if the old FLAC files are OK, then there's no reason to reconvert them, I'd say. Just use the new version from now on, etc.
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That's quite interesting Arnold, I had not been aware of any such issues. The observation makes more sense with the FX chips, given their relatively poor IPC per core (although they did have reasonably robust ALU units, in contrast to sharing a single FPU between 2 'cores').

Nice to hear the issue has been resolved, and although I'm assuredly more of a Firefox guy, I definitely use chrome more than edge, however 😉
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Support - (fb2k) / Re: Importing iTunes Library
Last post by alec.tron -
Foobar can't deal with iTunes xml files.
I switched over from solely using Foobar to using Foobar & MusicBee for that reason (although I never used iTunes, I just need it as middleware to transfer m3us to Serat/Traktor?Rekordbox... ) so I still use foobar for some things, MusicBee for others, depending on tools/tasks I want to have access to.
If you want to use Foobar with your iTunes data - you could use MusicBee as a middleware/tranlsator as well... i.e. set it up to import your iTunes xml, then export all content from musicbee's iTunes imports to m3u files, which you can then read into foobar.
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