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Re: Musepack in 2020

Reply #25
@synclagz : Don't use the reencoding test as a gauge for the source encoders.
Such a test is in regards to the interaction of two codecs, and just like reencoding mp3 to mp3 many times is worse than mp3 to mp4,  that does not make the initial mp3 worse than the mp4, but rather the interaction of mp3 with an mp3 to be bad.

Re: Musepack in 2020

Reply #26

It's not really transparent by default, I've found it needs at least 2 workarounds:
1) need to adjust ATH per track using option ltq_gain based on track loudness (not really viable to do by hand, because each track needs a different value, so you'd need to script that; I wrote it already btw, can upload if someone's interested), otherwise it will delete too much stuff from very quiet tracks
2) it's easily ABXable on a "killer" sample "Fighter_Beat_Loop" even at maximum quality preset (and this sample sounds quite similar to sounds which can be found in some music genres), and I've found only 1 way to work around that (add `--nmt 18` option) which also raises bitrate quite a lot, making it harder to say it's competitive with modern codecs)

magicgoose, as you username is highlighted on the Musepack forum lately as their latest user addition, I wonder if you came across this post by Frank Klemm from which I quote the following as, IMO, fits the bill perfectly regarding your own adjusting of Musepack's quality settings:

Simply, there's usually a very high chance that using --quality 6 for example would give you better quality at a similar average bitrate to the one you got with the manually "tweaked" --quality 5.

That at least makes sense to me as I've been a relatively happy bunny with --quality 6 for the times (non electronic music mainly) I'm not using Wavpack hybrid.
Listen to the music, not the media it's on.

Musepack --quality 6
Wavpack -hb4.55x5cvm

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