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  1. It's also worth noting that each of our environments adds a great deal of complexity to our attempts to understand what we confront here. I have been primarily using digital source material from files, initally via Squeezebox, since late 2005. My system, mostly DIY, has evolved and become more or less improved to suit my old (now 74) ears. I am generally focused somewhat away from the material John has used for development and testing, but I'm a fairly eclectic music lover. My question here is, 'Have I developed my current system to ameliorate the very issues that John is addesing
  2. I will second John's comments immediately above. I have just rerun the Albert Collins album Live in Japan that I commented on a week or so back. John replied then about this effect (sounding better without -14.x pass) and I have just run a 4 layer versus 3 layer decode and the three layer with -24.5 being the lowest is clearly nicer. I will also add that the IM reduction makes for a nice improvement -- current line is: da-win --input=$outfile --overwrite --output=$newout --info=0 --cdd --fcs="3,-44.5,fcx=g" --floatout --fz This is the best yet decode I have done, and I
  3. Look also for congestion from around 600hz up to say 4Khz when multiple voices and instuments are playing. I now view the process here (goal) as removing the screechiness/congestion while not reducing the vitality/richness. John has cited excess 'boominess' as a feralA issue, and he is probably right, but I do want bass (and bass harmonics) to still be nicely audible. Might just be a personal preference of my old ears. Skip
  4. In my most recent effort using V1.6.2E, working on Albert Collins -- Live in Japan, I used the following command line to get a very significant improvement: da-win --input=$outfile --overwrite --output=$newout --info=1 --fcs="2,-33,fcf=G" --as=5 --fz I believe the '2' setting for the number of passes results in 3 passes being executed. I tried seven variants, and the larger number of passes result in a super-cleaned result that was bland an uninvolving. I reduced the number of passes and used what the document suggests is a milder initiator to reach this set of command
  5. I have been trying John's work since his first free release this year, Initially I was just creating an environment where it could process all the files from a CD (long previously ripped) then coming back to it every few releases. I quickly realized that it was going to take a lot of time getting a feel for how varying controls would affect the sound, and how they worked in combination. The frequency of John's discoveries and bug fixes kept me from engaging in a serious effort to learn how to use it systematically and predictibly. Fast forward to sometime in August, and I started
  6. Superbly crafted article! It provides what I need to get going on MC music. I've been using RPi's for five years, and figured that pointers to successful configurations were what I needed, rather than plunging down successive rabbit holes. I have a room set up with 4.1 right now, with wiring for 5.1 centered on an old Yamaha RVX-375, which seems so sound nice. It only has one spdif coax for digital input aside from HDMI. My RPi3+ with a spdif hat should drive that nicely. The octo sounds like a very reasonable alternative, so I suppose the issues will be the ease and accuracy timing out and b
  7. John, Is there a way to know if a CD needs deemphasis? I suspect that information might be lost in most rips. It does sound like you would want to test it first before doing much otherwize. That leads to the question: how would you process a file to do as little possible except deemphasis? Would it make the most sense to do it in SoX if you want a clearer sense of the need? Thanks -- I'm continuing to update and experiment.
  8. A quick update on my activities and, of course, a few questions. The 1.45T version works marvelously, and, for the first time I am able to use the --xpp option to da-win. Heretofore I could only to --basic or --normal.. I used the following on Crime of the Century: da-win --input=$outfile --info=0 --outgain=-3.0 --fbm=-- --tone=13.75 --wof=1.19 --xpp --overwrite --output=$newout as well as the same setup but with --normal. The --xpp option output is clearly nicer. Took about three hours with my setup, which is just fine with me as there is no need for realt
  9. I've been working on my FeralA decoder 'plumbing'. I've now gat a Powershell script that will process every flac file in a directory and take it back to flac with versioning indicator. I discovered yeaterday that mp3tag will indeed copy all the tags from the input .flac files to the output .flac files. I don't think there's a command line way to do it but it's fairly quick through the mp3 interface. I may be way behind John here, but let me know if any of you need a how-to on the mp3tag tag copying operation.
  10. Have you forgatten that the implicit "h" was all the rage for a week in 1958?
  11. Quickest of messages: da-win ran successfully for me on a real file with good output. Now to dig in and connect the buttons, switches, and levers with audible effects. Tanks, John
  12. Looks about right to me. I would add space for brief comments, and suggest that additional entries for the same CD of other releases of the same album be kept together. The entries would often be incomplete, but all those items are useful.
  13. I'm awaiting the release that will work on my computer, but a thread/repository documenting settings various folks consider successful for each CD release is a fabulous way to collectively learn to maximize the return on John's efforts.
  14. Here's what I found. If there's more info that would help you, I'm happy to dig further. Thanks. Skip
  15. Hello John, After successfully converting your 820Hz wav file I immediately went to the deep end. I copied my CD sourced files of the Crime of the Century, converted the first song to wav, and got the following result when I tried to process it. As we had determined some time back that my cpu was not of a modern enough generation even though it is a 4 core I5, I tried da-win with the following result. I'm getting the cpu generation warning and a similar stack dump. Since I'm not playing the output in real time, slowness is not a problem for me. Thanks for your continued huge
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