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Support - (fb2k) / Re: ReplayGain on Opus files
Last post by Seymour -
Oh god, I just realized what's causing it: VGMStream. I'll disable the .opus extension there and push another release shortly. E: Released, hit your update button or menu item.
I was already thinking about removing all recently installed plugins. Tricky for me that I did several new installations at once with last foobar2000 update, including VGMStream plug-in.
Speaking about last one, why does the plugin care about .opus file type nevertheless this type is well supported by fb2k itself?

Now I've updated plugin, tried to restart app. Seem to be all right and stable.

The question is how can I find out which plugin responds to which file type(s)?
More, I've already met situation when my preference was difficult to establish. As far as I remember, it was fight for NES music file (NSF) between Game Emu Player and NSF input plugin. Sorry, kode54, not in favor of GEP. ;-) There was enough to simply uncheck corresponding file type in plugin options menu. But vgmstream does not have such an option.
I find it brave to post such a sample!
The permanent rambling and surface noise like things are really lower in this recording as other LP rips i heard but the total tonality is really aching bad and i hope it it is the recording device.
Still there are tiny clicks here and there and a steady obvious 60Hz hum.
No idea yet what to make out of it. Not very convincing.
3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: JScript Panel
Last post by J.Fleming -
Here's some info that may help someone (and public notes for myself; I tend to do that)...

I use the DarkOne v4 mod. That was set up with Foobar 1.2.x - I had 1.2.4 - so I figured updating to Foobar 1.3.x would bomb it.

I had a test machine available so I just tried running the Foobar 1.3.17 installer over top of 1.2.4. The installer has an "Update" button so I clicked it and prayed.

It does in fact seem that DarkOne v4 all survives the update. Everything seems to look and work fine.

So, I was finally able to install the Jscript Panel v1.3.2.1, and Biography

For DarkOne v4, there are two unused reserved panels on the right (nice foresight by the author), so I made a "BIO2" panel on one of the reserves, added the Jscript panel, then imported the Biography script. It seems to work great so far!

To move the panel position, I right clicked the panel labels, selected "Splitter Settings...", temporarily cleared the "Forced Layout" check boxes for each of the panels, renamed the Jscript Panel to "BIO2", then right clicked and used "Move Up" and "Move Down" to adjust position. I placed BIO2 (Jscript / next to BIO1 (old Biography with CDATA hex edit mod - text works but not images). Finally I went back in to Splitter Settings and re-checked the "Forced Layout" check boxes.
Are you sure the amp you're using to play the file is properly damped?

..and preamp stability of course

Don't forget bad mono recordings needle dropped as stereo FLACs (waste of space).
Are you sure the amp you're using to play the file is properly damped?

..and preamp stability of course
I cannot stand the phase errors *runs through Stereo Tool plugin for Winamp*.

The clicks are still there and there isn't much that can be done on my part to fix it.  MP3s & CDs sound better than this.
Look up lossywav as pdq says.

Your recordings are probably very quiet if you need to tenfold the volume. When you convert to MP3 you probably don't increase the volume BEFORE the conversion, so encoder's psychoacoustic model discards a lot of sound being nearly under the threshold of hearing - hence the quality loss. MP3 conversion is a useless step in your case anyway.
Try the following:

1. Increase the volume of WAV with ReplayGain (look it up too) to a de-facto standard level
2. Process the WAV with LossyWAV so it is more compressible
3. Convert to (lossy)FLAC

It would be desirable to record closer to the sound source or with a more sensitive device so you can skip the 1st step and get better bit-depth/SNR (currently your sound is probably under 13bit/78dB SNR).

How long are your recordings?
Btw, possibly to clarify, I assume he has something like this at his seat pointed at his speakers playing vinyl

Hence the SQ...and still audible LP surface noise  ::)
Are you sure the amp you're using to play the file is properly damped?

According to the article here,, it will get rid of "vinyl noise" because it doesn't really exist.
At the 2:34> mark I can hear ticks, pops and noise, including what sounds like talking or maybe a tv going in background? WTH?  :)
This is listening with in living room with custom active 8" 2 way monitors. I'm sure the headphone guys will chime in with more detail.
Lastly, I realize its a Zoom recording in room, but the SQ is abysmal (per my >audiophile standards). Hopefully/should be much better on site

I listened to the ZOOM... FLAC, and it was so bad that had to listen to something else to reassure myself that something wasn't broken.  I can confirm the tics you mention.  Vinyl does not have to sound this bad, and vinyl from the 60s doesn't have to sound this bad.