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General Music Discussion / Re: Epic Games is eliminating 16% of its workforce and selling Bandcamp
Last post by Porcus -
They bought Bandcamp only a year and a half ago. Might be that they have done what they wanted to it already, might be that since it was (allegedly intended to be) operated pretty much stand-alone it is easier to spin off when they find out they are short on cash ...
... might be that right now they found a buyer? According to the CNBC story:

Sweeney also announced Epic will sell its music platform Bandcamp, which it acquired last year, to Songtradr, a music licensing platform.
Songtradr said in a separate post that it “will continue to operate Bandcamp as a marketplace and music community with an artist-first revenue share.”

The new owner:
General Music Discussion / Epic Games is eliminating 16% of its workforce and selling Bandcamp
Last post by soundping -
Epic Games on Thursday said it’s laying off 16% of its workforce, selling its music platform Bandcamp and spinning off most of its SuperAwesome services.

In a memo Epic shared on its website, CEO Tim Sweeney said about two-thirds of the roughly 830 job cuts will be “outside of core development,” so the company is reducing costs without interrupting major plans. He said Epic, which develops and publishes video games such as Fortnite, had been working to cut spending on things including marketing and events, but “concluded that layoffs are the only way” to reach financial stability.

The rest of the story...
3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: NEW ESLyric v0.5 - an alternative lyric show component
Last post by sveakul -
This is directed towards version .5.4.1011 of ESLyric, which was released recently with many changes and a much larger amount of lyric source searcher scripts (when downloaded from its Prefs/Lyric Sources/Get More link)--23 in total.  Most of the latter were donated by user TT of Georgia Re-Born theme fame.

On the ESLyric Github page you can  see a list of the improvements at the release page but will need to use a translator if you do not read Chinese.  The setup is much like previous version .5.4.1008, and in my usage some of the listed improvements are not immediately obvious.  However the retrieval speed is noticeably faster, practically leaping into the panel;  I use it in a Foobar panel and for unsynced lyrics only.  As with previous releases, it has the detailed ability for the user to modify searches using regex scripts of their own making.

A setback from .5.4.1008 is that if I move the lyrics up/down on the panel, then minimize Foobar, the display for the next song will not restart at the top panel but be somewhere in the middle when the player is maximized again.  Sometimes it will happen without the min/max process but just when the song changes.  This did not happen with 1008, all new songs' lyrics displays would always begin at the top margin (acc. to user settings).

My workaround was to return to 1008, and manually add the extra searcher scripts from TT from his link here: .  I also manually replaced the included parsers with TT's refactored/tuned versions (these are not included in the 1011 download): .

The above combo works great for me as a 64-bit lyrics retriever for Foobar v.2.1 64-bit.  Unfortunately the only competition, OpenLyrics, seems stuck at its April release and only 4 properly operating English lyrics sources.
General - (fb2k) / QAAC Error 2 in latest Foobar 2.00 x64 - Please help
Last post by iphoneman -
I had to do a reinstall of system, and reinstall Foobar.

I downloaded 2.79 zip file, unzipped it to a folder, and now it looks like this:


In this folder, unzipped, are:

Converting WAV files, AAC 127, source folder

It asks me where qacc is, and I point to the qacc64 in the x64 folder, and I get this error for each file:

Source: "J:\Tidal Music - Officlal M\temp-delete\230606_0350.wav"
  An error occurred while writing to file (The encoder has terminated prematurely with code 2 (0x00000002); please re-check parameters) : "J:\Tidal Music - Officlal M\temp-delete\230606_0350.m4a"
  Additional information:
  Encoder stream format: 96000Hz / 2ch / 24bps
  Command line: qaac64.exe --ignorelength -s --no-optimize -V 127 -o "230606_0350.m4a" -
  Working folder: J:\Tidal Music - Officlal M\temp-delete\
  Conversion failed: The encoder has terminated prematurely with code 2 (0x00000002); please re-check parameters


MOD edit: added QAAC to title
Audio Hardware / Re: Onboard MB Sound vs Schitt Modi?
Last post by DVDdoug -
As far as hard drive noise, I have a NVME SSD in my current PC build with no HDDs so that's a non-issue. At least I think it is. You may know more than me.
Every computer is different and you're not complaining about noise from yours. ;)
3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: [fb2k v2] SQLite Utilities (foo_sqlite)
Last post by fbuser -
Only indirectly by using the possibility to materialize the virtual media library table. You could add one ore more triggers to the materialized table which are doing the calculation. Not only when adding new files to the library, also when updating the rating tag. But these triggers need to be carefully designed to avoid endless recursions or too long running updates.
Too complex for me at this moment; I barely understand the basics right now. I appreciate the component capabilities but functionality/docs are abstract as hell (for me).
Actually, currently it wouldn't work anyway. After checking the code I saw, that the virtual tables are not visible for the db connection, which is running the materialization. Will be changed for the next version.

I tried the format function as first solution and it didn't work at all for me. Maybe I didn't use it properly though.
In docs I always find that SQL format works like this:
FORMAT (value, format [, culture])
That were the wrong docs. You should always check only the SQLite docs as especially function implementations are not really standardized.

Buy you are reversing the args there (?) Just checking now, the reversed version works xd so that was the problem.
It's documented like that here.

3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: Search-by-Distance-SMP
Last post by regor -
Next version will have configurable tags (+weight) for cultural related tags. One for artist's country and another one for genre/style's cultural region.

This will allow to finetune playlists a bit more than using the filters added above, giving scores according to cultural distances. For ex. to prioritize similar artists from same continent (without totally discarding artists from others). Data will be retrieved from tags or the World-Map-SMP script (which also extracts data from Bio panel).

The genre/style version is a bit more complex since a genre's origin may be found on multiple regions at the same time (and also is independent of the artist's origin). It uses the cultural map added on previous versions, so every genre on the graph is there too.
Other Lossy Codecs / Re: SACD to lossy vs. CD to lossy: do sample rate and bit depth matter?
Last post by pipoawas -
What software did you used, and is it a plugin for Foobar? I use Spek, but it's colors are less noticeable than yours, as you can see by my Multistage FLAC spectrum, specially the ultrasonic noise:,123621.0.html
(How do I post images inline like you did? :P ),111074.msg994047.html#msg994047
Whenever possible I often try to reduce the color depth to 8-bit when attaching PNGs. The problem is the very colorful SoX spectrograms are already 8-bit by default, but the graphical complexity still resulted in a rather big file size so I just posted them as thumbnails.

Double thanks  ;)
Audio Hardware / Re: Onboard MB Sound vs Schitt Modi?
Last post by AudioNirvana3824 -
Note that USB power tends to be noisy and occasionally noise can get into the analog-side of a USB powered DAC through the power.   (Usually it's a "whine".)   A DAC with it's own separate power supply will avoid that possibility.

Looks like I have more thinks to consider. Thank you so much. For the time being, I'm getting another 3.5mm to RCA cable. On my current one, the 3.5mm end got bent.

As far as hard drive noise, I have a NVME SSD in my current PC build with no HDDs so that's a non-issue. At least I think it is. You may know more than me.