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Better FLAC Player ? Fast, Good playlist, Low CPU ?

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Old May 8th 19, 02:50 AM posted to alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt
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Default Better FLAC Player ? Fast, Good playlist, Low CPU ?

On Tue, 7 May 2019 16:05:34 -0700 (PDT),

Indeed love foobar almost from the moment I installed it and choose
the simplest form... very nice and neat.

I would love it if somebody could make a tutorial how to setup foobar
for a creative x-fi elite pro soundblaster 7.1 for maximum enjoyment.

I loaded my install, from, initially with a StereoTool extension, a
good initial experience to modules, the author had specifically
written for Foobar, to progress to a more sophisticated modular
approach, I think, afforded by iZotope Ozone -- a commercial suite of
half-a-dozen intrinsically unique, but organic fit to natural aspects
in processing staged modules. A later instance, from which I only use
perhaps half inclusions, although they are respectable and hardy
performers. As for the rest, again a few, the modules are public

I basically know, through rote time and experience, the convolutions
it took repeatedly to hammer in an effective chain of modules, by
trial and error involving inferior or unsuitable promotions of VST and
DSP extensions (the last is first associated with the WinAmp project).

iZotope Ozone of course commercial and somewhat spectacular, which
would include the engineers involved and their standpoint from a
rather extensive PDF document covering quasi-technical aspects of
recording and subsequent renditions possible.

A dual twenty-band EQ is available (on the WEB) and very worthwhile if
somewhat cumbersome to adjust (an associated config is not

Wrappers for the modules when needed are to be found on audio
forums...e.g. --
MultiFXVST - CTAF Audio - version 0.7.9
MultifxVST est un plug-ins VST qui permet de gérer des chaines
d'effets. Copyright CTAF Audio


George Yohng's VST wrapper

H. L. Goldberg has a convenient 3-band EQ for tailoring distortion,
as well an nice amp model with adjustable bias;- I've already
mentioned the Russian module, Limiter No.6.

All in all, depending more or less on the system, neither being all
about the CPU, as to when a greater number of desired effects will tax
to compromise a balance between truput and desired modeling or added

Like I said, I don't feel I'm missing anything in particular from the
many other modules I've worked with. "Gain riding", I suppose, is as
much a constant A-B comparative analysis given to the original studio

And, at last, the million-dollar solution to your query. I'm sure
time and experience has taken its toll -- that I can take two
computers, preferably, to install a new Foobar on the intended
recipient, without too much more ado than a USB stick, transferring a
working order I've achieved from one to port to the other. The
existing Foobar install, as you as much say to suspect -- is indeed
grown through incessant changes to a god-forsaken mess -- which would
take nicely to a fresh and organized one. Maybe on some off-butt day
for accumulated things to do in one's head.
Old May 8th 19, 10:03 PM posted to alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt
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Default Better FLAC Player ? Fast, Good playlist, Low CPU ?

Mr. Man-wai Chang wrote:
On 5/7/2019 5:17 AM, wrote:
Finally I'm fed up with VCL media player.

VCL Media Player's playlist feature has all kinds of issues,
permission issues, sometimes hard to use... sometimes player lags
while playing audio during gaming... tryed more buffering... also
seems to consume lots of CPU.

I'll google if something better is out there.

If you have a digital TV tuner, you can use the playlist as a remote to
switch channels. You will need a channels.conf!

Digital tuner operation via VLC only works in Linux.
Operation in Windows is broken and isn't likely to be fixed.


In Linux, you can use "w_scan" to get a channel list and
frequencies for OTA broadcasts. You cannot expect VLC to
do antenna scans and build the list for you. VLC is not
Media Center. Once you have the channel list, other steps
will be a lot easier. Media Center bases its information
on the Channel Guide, and works from there, and the Channel
Guide only works properly when you find the incantation to
enable Digital Tuning.

Your tuner in Linux won't necessarily work if it needs a
firmware file. The firmware file for mine is not in the
Linux repository I use, but is available from the web
site of a private person, for download.

On the Windows side, I bought a copy of WinTV, which
took maybe ten days to ship to Canada, with a CD in the
CD mailer. They didn't do electronic purchase like you
might expect. It's snailmail and physical media FTW.
WinTV runs an Adobe Flash streaming server, and thus I
can watch TV on this machine, using a web browser and
pointing the web browser at the Test Machine which
holds the TV tuner card.

The overall WinTV experience is good, except the materials
should all have been in the box (including the Linux
firmware file, which is just extracted from the
Windows driver anyway). If you want to run a TV tuner,
have your Rocket Scientist credentials at the ready.
It took me about four days, before I could verify
the hardware was fully functional. I was pretty upset
by my purchase experience at that point, and would
have punched a Hauppauge staff member if one was
in reach :-/ But, I got the miserable piece of crap
running, eventually.

Your one sentence, means days of work to get it running,
if at all...


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