Last post by im_special -
Thanks for all the answers, it's more clear now what those options do. Just by disabling "Rescan on startup" makes a world of difference for me, I'll leave "Monitor for changes" checked for now as it seems useful, and if impact is low, there's not much downside.
About "Monitor for changes" though, if foobar2000 is closed and I use a 3rd party tagger like MP3Tag, will foobar2000 pick these changes later when it runs, or is a manual scan needed for changes to take effect, because when I touch my music I like to close foobar2000 to avoid conflicts, like file operations getting stopped because it's "in use" Ooops.
And does it monitor "everything" at all times while running or just select things like an album you are currently listening to, or a playlist you have loaded. (I realize I can just test this stuff out but... /effort, so thanks for all the answer!)
@EpicForever Disabling both features will render your foobar library simply useless.
Not necessary, my collection is pretty modest at around 2TBs but it's been evolving for almost 10 years, in other words it doesn't change radically nor needs updating on a constant daily basis, heck a month can go by before I add a new album. But like you said it depends on your usage and needs, everyone's different.
Last post by anamorphic -
I switched off the "Rescan On Startup" option because I used to keep my music on a WiFi mapped network drive, and it would take awhile for foobar looking for items - slowing down loading of cover art and such, even when I knew there was nothing new to find. So my conclusions: 1) If you keep track of when adding new music yourself, you can just use the "Rescan Now" option instead when restarting foobar. And 2) I'd say it also depends on where your music is stored - a WiFi media server, 5400rpm HDD or SD Card for example might slow things down after restarts for no usefulness.
(Nowadays I keep my music on an SSD and predictably everything is lightning fast. )
As already mentioned above, the "Monitor For Changes" option should be kept on always. Then you can add new music, edit tags, use file operations, etc, with changes updated. It makes no noticeable dent in performance - even over slow WiFi, far as I can tell.
... the other (Rollin's two tracks) seem to have had a liberal and deliberate amount of EQ boost applied in the treble frequencies due to artistic choice/"sounded better to the artist and/or the engineer".
That is noise shaped dither.
Some of the frequency analysis could have contained in it noise-shaped dither, but if you look at the actual spectrograms, there's segments of the songs that seem to have a deliberately loud section in the higher frequencies; the fuzzy, purple mist does seem to be noise-shaped dither, but I mean the red or bright sections.