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Audio Hardware / Re: Headphone fit
Last post by athegn -
 I have in ear phones but would like to avoid them if possible.

Maybe battery powered bt might work.
Argh, thanks for spotting.

If anyone has this problem, it should be...

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var panel = new _.panel('Musicbrainz', ['metadb']);

Typo at line 15 with foo-jscript-panel/foo_jscript_panel/samples/complete/musicbrainz.txt.
I have two completely separate viewpoints on this, one from a sound design aspect and one from a listening aspect.
Pros record at 24/96, so if you're doing music/sound production you might want to go with that.   (Of course, most music is distributed on CD or MP3/AAC.    24/96 is overkill for almost everything (maybe absolutely everything), but pros also often record at -12 to -18dB, so they are loosing a few bits of theoretical resolution, no matter what the bit-depth.

...   = 144dB which is roughly the range of human hearing from what I remember.
That's really not relevant to musical dynamic range...   If someone shoots a gun next to your ear, your ears start ringing and it may be a few minutes before you can hear a whisper.   You loose some of that theoretical range after hearing loud sounds, and music with that kind of dynamic would be totally unpleasant.   

...and I think by around -110 dB, there's hardly anything at all to be heard.
I suggested an experiment to someone recently, and you might find it enlightening too...   Load a song into Audacity* (or your favorite audio editor).  Somewhere around the 30-second mark, drop the volume by -90dB for a few seconds, then bring the volume to back to normal.     (-90dB is near the lower-limit for 16-bits.)   Play back and listen as loud as you like, but "no fair" boosting the volume during -90dB part.    I suspect you'll be surprised how far-down -90dB is.    Then you might also want to try something more "realistic" like -60 or -70dB.

The other thing I've been thinking about lately is, the whole analog vs digital debate.
There's no "debate" among people rational/scientific people.   Does anyone debate that analog VHS is better than DVD or Blu-Ray?  The situation is similar in audio and video, and digital "wins" in every way.**   (Except with "audiophiles" who enjoy the "warm" crackle and distortion from vinyl records.) 

you can pitch those recordings down by an octave or more and the sounds won't audibly degrade in quality because inaudible frequencies, if they exist, are being transposed into the audible range.
There nothing intentional in the ultrasonic range.   Any ultrasonic artifacts may "enhance" or degrade the sound if pitch-shifted down into the audible range.   Or more likely, they are attenuated to the point where they are totally masked, except possibly for any high-frequency noise that's present when there is no signal.   And, any pitch-shifting THAT extreme is going to sound completely unnatural anyway.

* In Audacity, use the Amplify effect to attenuate the level, and since the maximum attenuation in Audacity is -50dB, you'll have to do it in two steps if you want to go to -90.

** I'm speaking of at-least CD quality or high-quality MP3, etc.   Of course we can have "telephone quality" digital audio that's worse than some analog formats.  
3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: Biography Discussion
Last post by miras -
Hi, great script! There's a way to automatically save artist art inside the track directory? With %artist%.* name? Like album art... or the foo_uie_biography...
Fine. They're always in memory in foo_osd. I have no idea what those "biggest software vendors in the world" are doing, as I haven't written their software.
All presets are always "loaded", you are only choosing to display and modify one of them.
In memory. 
Not going by two of the biggest software developers in the world, it's not. That's the point of the combo box auto-loading like the concrete examples I've shown. Not how you think it should behave by just displaying it to edit it. 
It behaviour should be to automatically load the selected preset to then have the option to either execute it, edit it, delete it or saveas/save over it in any of those combinations. 
Why would you edit first, select the preset and then save when the logical way would be, select the preset first, make your changes, click save or new to make a copy. Just like most software does it. Or click new and use the previous preset as an example to create a new one. 
I'd love to see any other software which shows FB2Ks behaviour. I've yet to come across any.
Please enlighten me. 

All presets are always "loaded", you are only choosing to display and modify one of them.

Right, so now you have your counter examples. Great. Now wait for Peter to do something about it. Or not.
Scientific Discussion / Hybrid IEM
Last post by lélé -

There is an increasing number of 'hybrid' IEM, which utilize a dynamic driver for bass and Balanced Armatures (BA) for mids and highs.
Such 'hybrid' IEM are praised by audiophile websites.

As for me, I gave a try to Oriveti New Primacy 'hybrid' IEM and I was quite impressed with the bass.
I tried to match the bass with BA IEM and EQ, with no success.

But we all know that impression can be very misleading, so here come the questions:
  • Apart from pure placebo effect, is there any chance that a dynamic driver would offer different bass presentation? (I was wondering if temporal aspects (ex. : decay) could explain such difference...)
  • Is there any real world advantage to combine a dynamic driver to BA? (Leading to more complex design, with crossover and so on...)

Many thanks for your feedback!

Support - (fb2k) / Re: Sort album list by folder/location?
Last post by uselessladder -
Sorry, I'm still a noob, could you please suggest a code line to try?

Right now my Album list looks like this:

But I want to organize it like this: