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Wavpack Hybrid & EAC : short * Guide

written by user, 2003-11-04
© by user, 2003-11-01

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How to

make WavePack Hybrid as * album according to * standard for archiving
your music_albums, original CDs:


Table of content:


2.  Introduction
1.  EAC Action
2.1  Foobar2000  for    Encoding, Tagging, Replaygaining
2.2.1 Encoding wave_album to Wavepack_Hybrid
2.2.2 Tagging
2.2.3 Replaygaining the wavepack_hybrid_album
3.  Finalizing your *album





1.

EAC Action:

Test & Copy uncompressed.


* (of course with correct * drive settings for your specific drive,
see other part of guide)

* But take care to use a good naming scheme (same as usual for your * albums):

Check in your EAC options:
Filename tab
'Naming scheme' should include this:

%D (%Y) %C\%N - %T

'Use various artist naming scheme' should include this:

VA (%Y) %C\%N - %A - %T

These naming schemes are recognized well  by Foobar's Masstagger later, so simply use it.
After You finished the whole procedure, you can rename later
(take care to have same names for each *.wv & *.wvc file), as naming is liberal in the
* standard !






2.0  Introduction



So you have got the lossless album_waves properly named on your Hard Drive (HD).

The goal of * is, of course, to save space on your HD, but to keep/maintain
the full_perfect_archive_quality of your album.
The best perfect_quality/size ratio you get by using the min. *_mpc_settings (, ie.
'--quality 7 --ms 15 --xlevel' as example.)
MPC_* at this quality level is not to distinguish from the original CD or the waves
by listening, even if you apply Digital Sound Processing (DSP) like Logic7 or DPL2
for sound via 4-6 speakers, or transcode later on the MPC_* to another format (like mp3)
for compatibility/portability reasons.
This means, regarding the usage of music = listening, MPC_* is without any loss,
so called "Lossless", or 'transparent'.

But maybe you want to archive a very rare album even theoretically Lossless.
So you need to use a lossless_encoder like FLAC or WavePack.
WavPack offers an hybrid mode, which gives you song files
at same time  very well encoded lossy and lossless.
Read more at www.wavpack.com , if you have interest in details.
So, if you want to give the album in a small variant to your sister, family,
or another example, you want to have the rare album archived theoretically_losslessly
at home, but you want to have it on your laptop on a small HD, too,
together with other albums, you could copy only the WavePack_lossy (*.wv) songfiles
to your Laptop HD, to save space, there.


So, to make a long story short,

WavePack Hybrid offers you an easy_to_use bridge between 'still_quite_big'
even_theoretically_lossless music_files for archiving,
and at same time smaller (265 kbit/s) lossy music_files with still_good_sound.

FLAC as alternative Lossless codec, offers you some other advantages, like
* files, songs not totally corrupted, if a single error appears inside a file (maybe due
to aging of backup_medium like DVD+-R, CD-R.
* 'Hardware' support
So, FLAC is your choice, if Archiving is the main purpose for you going lossless with big files,
Wavpack Hybrid offers you something additional.






2.1  How to

1.
EAC Action:

Test & Copy uncompressed, see remarks to step 1. above.


2.2 
  Foobar2000  for
2.2.1 Encoding wave_album to Wavepack_Hybrid
2.2.2 Tagging
2.2.3 Replaygaining the wavepack_hybrid_album




2.2.1

Foobar2000 for Encoding wave_album to Wavepack_Hybrid:


After step 1.:
So you have got the lossless waves properly named on your Hard Drive (HD).


* Start foobar2000.
* Playlist tab: Add directory
Add the wave files (*.wav) to an empty playlist in foobar.
* Mark them all
* mouse_right_click, select 'convert' -> settings  (you are now in the Diskwriter tab)
* select output directory
* Output file name formatting:

$num(%_diskwriter_index%)%_filename%

* Output format: select:
CLI encoder

(* stay with default settings:
Uncheck everything in 'processing',
check 'Don't expand loops')


* Now press 'settings...' of the CLI Encoder (you are now in the CLI encoder tab)
* Locate wavpack.exe file, as example:
Encoder: F:\Programs\Wav Pack\wavpack.exe
* Extension: wv
* Parameters: -h -b200 -c - %d

(explanation of the parameters:
-h = high, it saves some extra_bits, space on your HD, but encoding is a little
bit slower than with no_-h_usage.
-b200 = -bxxx enables lossy mode with target bitrate xxx = 24 - 400 kbit/s as example, or
xx = 1 - 23 for used bits per sample.
-c enables the magic lossless&lossy Hybrid mode of WavPack.)

* Highest BPS mode supported: 24
* Tag: APEv2
* Save this preset, which you need only to configure once, as
preset: *_wavpack_hybrid_265_high as naming_example.
Then you can load later on this preset again quickly for more albums !

* After this configuration check,
press 'Close' in CLI encoder tab.

* Mark the songs in the foobar_playlist (they should be  marked still),
* Mouse_right_click -> Convert -> Run conversion

** Now your album_waves are encoded to your album as wavepack_hybrid.

Wait some time until finished and continue with 2.2.2 Tagging.









2.2.2.

Tagging


Continue directly after step 2.2.1:

* Foobar2000 -> Playlist tab -> Clear
Your playlist is now empty, you have cleared it from the waves,
which you don't need anymore, because you want to process
now the wavepack_hybrid (*.wv) files of your album

* Playlist tab: Add directory  (containing the wavepack_hybrid files)
Only the *.wv  files (not the *.wvc files) should show up in the playlist now.

If also the *.wvc files show up, you need to configure foobar settings:
* Foobar2000 tab -> Preferences -> Core
In the field of : 'Restrict incoming files to:'
add: *.wv  (separated from other file extensions by ';'
an example line:
*.mpc;*.mp3;*.ogg;*.wav;*.ape;mp2;mp+;*.wv;*.flac
Close foobar2000 preferences.
* Playlist tab -> Clear,
and start again with this step 2.2.2 tagging, as
you just want to process the *.wv files.
Wavepack addresses the *.wvc files automatically, if they are in same folder
as the corresponding *.wv files (same name necessary for *.wv & *.wvc)
This configuration in foobar2000 preferences, you need to carry out only once, of course.


* mark all (*.wv) songs in the album playlist,
* Mouse right_click: select 'Masstagger' -> Edit tags
* Repeat for the various tags, you want to add:
Add 'set value'  ok
Field Name:
-Artist
-Album
-Date (type into Field value: year of album_release like: 2003 as example)
-Genre
-Comment (type into Field value something like: * lossless by your_nickname)
At the end of tags selection, you need to select another action_type
in foobar's Masstagger:
-'guess values from filename' ok
In 'scheme' you need to copy/type in/edit this line to following result:

%tracknumber% - %title%

In masstagger - actions to perform, you see now a big list
of tag actions, that will be performed now:
* Click 'Run'

** Now the tagging of the album is finished.
Continue with 2.2.3 Replaygaining:





2.2.3  Foobar2000 for:


Replaygaining the wavepack_hybrid_album 





Directly after step 2.2.2,


* mark all (*.wv) songs in the album playlist,
* mouse_right-click -> replaygain -> Scan selection as album

* wait a short time, until replaygain is finished.

* Now you may create an m3u_playlist simply by foobar: Playlist tab -> save playlist.






3. Finalizing your * album:

* As usual


(see other parts of guide,
how to create MD5 file.

Before Finalizing = creation of md5-file,
don't forget to include the EAC log file(s).) 










written by user, 2003-11-04
© by user, 2003-11-01

Thanks for advice & comments to Volcano, the experts & community at www.hydrogenaudio.org & everybody else, who contributed.

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