Last post by ThaCrip -
I don't use iTunes but did you try newest QAAC v2.67? ; it just came out about 5-6 days ago.
I suggest you use Foobar2000 with the Encoders Pack (i.e. https://www.foobar2000.org/encoderpack ) for general audio conversion as it converts FLAC to AAC/MP3/Opus etc nice and easily (takes roughly 30sec-1min to convert a album from FLAC) and since you already got iTunes installed it should have no trouble making Apple AAC files using Foobar2000 with that Encoder Pack installed. since I don't have iTunes (or the like) installed I just extracted the needed files out of the iTunes installer so Foobar2000 works with QAAC to make Apple AAC encoded AAC files through Foobar2000's interface and I don't have to install any of the iTunes junk. you can adjust your settings as I think to make a typical iTunes AAC with Foobar2000 you just switch to 'constrained VBR' (i.e. CVBR) and switch bit rate to I think 256kbps. but in general I suggest using 128kbps AAC (q64 TVBR (which is the 'variable bit rate' setting in Foobar2000 encoders options)) as it's a much more efficient use of storage space and still offers strong sound quality.
so basically... I think you can use EAC to make FLAC files and then convert those FLAC files with Foobar2000 to AAC at your preferred bit rate and see if that works. also, I am just going to assume EAC gives the FLAC files the proper tags as if they do, it should bring over the tag info to the AAC files you make with Foobar2000 and I would imagine this should make you good to go. but I do know you can get tag info to your FLAC files etc using Foobar2000 to.
Last post by ksio89 -
I managed to fix this, for some reason my network connections, both Ethernet and Wi-fi, were assigned public instead of private. I changed both connections to private networks via Settings, and then set fixed local IPs for both, and foobar2000 Controller is now able to detect the PCs again.
Last post by H_Allen -
Thanks to all for your thoughtful responses. I will follow up on all links and suggestions. My concern is not so much that there is some way to recover the damage done, and I totally agree the artifacts are generally in the original CD media. I just cannot believe there is any legitimate "mystery" over the reduction in music sales revenue given the overwhelming proportion of literally nauseating product being foisted on consumers. My aim is really to establish some facts to use in educating oblivious listeners when the opportunity arises. In a wine analogy, it's like producers have conned most consumers into buying nothing but Ripple.
PS. I listened to the 2014 "Lights Out" album by Ingrid Michaelson. It is the "pumping" or "ducking" equivalent of The Killers' "wall of noise" technique.
Last post by ksio89 -
Well, since some weeks ago, foobar2K controller PRO Android app can't find the IP from one of my PCs where foobar2000 is installed. Everything is set up correctly: HTTP Control 0.97.14-fb2kc component is installed, and I can access the foobar2000 interface on 127.0.0.1:8888 through the browser. I've set a local IP for my PC and added it to "Listen on" box on HTTP Control options, but the foobar2K Controller can't find the IP. I even port forwarded the port 8888 on both TCP/UDP protocols, and choosing the PC local/LAN IP. As UPnP is enabled on my router, I shouldn't even need to do this, but I did just in case.
Looks like it's the app for some reason has broken UPnP support and refuses to find the PC, because other PCs in my local network and file manager apps like Root Explorer (SMB server) can detect and connect to my PC just fine. I wiped the app cache and data, and started the connection wizard again, but it didn't work either. Does anyone have an idea on how to make the foobar2K Controller app find my PC, or is the app broken forever? Thanks in advance.
info: foobar2000 version: v1.4 beta 15 OS: Windows 10 Home build 17134.48 (Version 1803)
I was talking about lossless files with those sampling rates converted to Opus. I downsampled a 44100 Hz mono WAV to a few different sampling rates then converted them to Opus (among other codecs) at various bitrates and noticed that while 24kbps Opus sounded OK for the bitrate on the 22050 Hz file, the "filling in" effect made it sound a lot worse than the 24000 Hz file.
Since opus doesn't support 22050Hz, you're actually comparing 44100->22050->24000 (probably) to 44100->24000. The latter sounds better because the conversion to 22050 will not be transparent.
Last post by IgorC -
Several years ago I've tested intensity stereo (IS) at different start bands (18,19 and 20) on 1.1 alpha version. Results were that default 19 start band at 96 kbps was the most optimal.
IS codes stereo audibly lossy at high frequencies but it saves bits which can be used at lower frequencies and those are considerably more audible. In a few words, default IS behavior brings more benefit than harm in Opus encoder.
(All three Vorbis, Opus and AAC code HF stereo by implementing intensity stereo or similar techniques. Vorbis is the worse that's for sure. Not sure about Opus vs AAC however even the highest quality AAC encoders present audibly stereo artifacts as well (at 96 kbps)). What important is a big picture. Opus still performs better than any AAC encoder at 96 kbps. Types and origins of artifacts may be different.
P.S. I'm not sure but I think there were some enhancements to IS (variable threshold ?). Variation of artifact can be more audible than if artifact was constant.
I was talking about lossless files with those sampling rates converted to Opus. I downsampled a 44100 Hz mono WAV to a few different sampling rates then converted them to Opus (among other codecs) at various bitrates and noticed that while 24kbps Opus sounded OK for the bitrate on the 22050 Hz file, the "filling in" effect made it sound a lot worse than the 24000 Hz file. This flaw disappears around 32kbps.