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  1. Hi, we are excited to announce that SongKong is now available for any Synology Disk Station that supports Docker (i.e Intel based). If you are not aware of SongKong but are aware of Bliss then you could consider SongKong to be similar type of software, although in many ways it is very different. Its focus is automatic matching of your music via AcoustId/MusicBrainz/Discogs, it can then add very detailed (Roon level) metadata and artwork. SongKong provides automatic song identification for your music, identifying songs, adding metadata and artwork, and also deletion of duplicate songs. It also provides manual editing and a completeness report totally free, and the automated matching can be run in preview mode so you can see the exact results. It can be fully controlled via a web-browser making it totally suitable for use on a Synology Disk Station. If you are a QNAP user then we expect to have it working for QNAP very soon. It has been thoroughly tested upon a Synology DiskStation 218+, and full installation instructions are available here
  2. Hello everyone, For the past year I have been experiencing issues with macOS USB Audio implementation. Ocassionally, when using a USB DAC (in this case a Wadia di122) if there is a track change and the sampling rate is different to the previous track or idle state, there is a sudden burst of distorted audio and white noise coming out of the speakers. It sounds very similar to when one does process little--endian data as if it were big-endian data. You somehow hear the music behind that big mask of white static noise. I have to say this does not happen every time the sampling rate switches from one frequency to another but it does happen and when it happens it always follows the same pattern. Originally I thought it was the DAC, so I spoke to the dealer and I was offered a brand new replacement, which I gladly accepted. After a few days the issue appeared again, so I decided to look further into it. Whenever this happens, the DAC shows the correct sampling rate, the music software (roon, audirvana and hqplayer) they all show the right track info, and appear to be playing the track correctly. There are no messages in console and not a single error or warning anywhere in OS. I contacted Wadia (McInstosh Labs) and they pretty much didn’t know what to tell me. They suggested replacing the USB cable (something I had already tried), unplugging all other equipment (tried that too) and as a last resort, up sample everything to 192K or 384k (which didn't work). I have tried many things, reinstalling different macOS versions from El Capitan to Mojave, disk repairs, SMC and NVRAM resets but the issue will eventually occur at some point again. I even tried it on both, my Mac mini 2012 and my MacBook Pro 2015 (Plugged and battery only) and the same thing happened. Then I decided to go the Windows 10 route and I was surprised after weeks of intensive testing no loud bursts of noise were to be heard, (using the Wadia drivers for Windows). I then installed Linux on that old windows laptop and the DAC has had no problems with it for the past month. In the meantime I had also tried with a couple of DACs. An old Arcam rDAC I had lying around had not problems at all but I guess it is due to the fact that it works under the USB 1 protocol. I also had the chance to try with a Rega DAC-R (revised versión) and it did not show the loud white noise issue) but macOS had trouble recognising it under midi settings, had restart and reset SMC so that it would appear listed as a connected audio device. On some internet searches I did, I noticed that there are quite a few USB Audio-related entries about people having sporadic and sometimes weird issues for which there are no proper resolutions yet. Perhaps, in my case, the issue could be solved by having Wadia look at the firmware and see if there is something that needs to be revised in order to make this wonderful sounding DAC more compatible with macOS. I just doubt there is anybody at McIntosh Labs interested in looking into it. Same goes for Apple. I’ve used Apple products for more than a decade and there is certainly a change in the way their products are presented.They are still very functional in many aspects but very mainstreamed in the sense that they might no longer cater for the audiophile end corner of the market. If anybody has had similar experiences with macOS USB audio implementation, please post. Audirvana - Wadia di122 noise.m4a
  3. It is called Meta, and I can attest to it's ease of use. I have figured it out and fixed most of the genre tags in my entire music collection this evening. If there is one thing I do not like about it, it would be that the artwork search is an in-app purchase on top of the $19.99 for the program. I did not buy it, I just use The Google. However, it is extremely user friendly, customizable, has every tag I can imagine you needing, and it will let you make your own if you need a special one just for you. Edit: It does let you import and work with your own artwork though, such as those downloaded from other sources. https://www.nightbirdsevolve.com/meta/
  4. Now, I’m not going to do this anytime soon, but I need to upgrade my main computer to macOS Sierra. That is the computer with my master iTunes collection. A long story short, but it is still on Mavericks. NO, I thought Mavericks was OK, but I didn’t really like Yosemite. When I finally had the time to upgrade this particular machine to El Capitan, the boot installer I created was made with an El Capitan installer that had the expired certificates. So, that was a no go. I do like Sierra enough to make the jump. As I generally do a clean install, the only thing that worries me when upgrading this machine is iTunes. This OS X Mavericks computer is still on either iTunes 11, 12.1 or 12.2. (This computer is in another location.) From reading Kirk’s various columns, posts, and listening to his podcasts, I never got around to loving the latest versions of iTunes, but now I am ready to make the jump with 12.5. I have never used iTunes in the Cloud or Apple Music. And I mostly rip my own CDs. I never allow iTunes (or any other app) to download cover art. (I save the covers I use to a folder.) My question is “How do I make the jump?” I am gathering that if I do a clean install, I will automatically upgrade to 12.5. Or should I firstly, upgrade iTunes on the Mavericks machine to 12.5. Secondly, move the iTunes folder to an external drive and upgrade to macOS Sierra. Then, move the iTunes folder on the external drive to the newly blessed, clean computer? Actually, I want to prevent macOS Sierra and iTunes from establishing any setting that allows it to download artwork or any other thing. I just want to upgrade — not have iTunes force any additions, changes or substitutions. (Yes, I read some posts on the Kirk’s iTunes Forum about downgrading iTunes, but I’m trying to avoid that!) Some time around iTunes, in August, I noticed that I could no longer see my compilations. After doing some searching, I did see that they were still there. I could see them in ‘Recently Added,’ but not in the ‘Albums’ view. They finally appeared in ‘Albums’ after the second golden master of Sierra. With the computer I am using to test with, I only have a few compilations out of 71 albums. Any ideas, much appreciated! @kirk, I know you always write that you test the various versions of iTunes on a computer that does not house your main body of iTunes. Which version of iTunes holds your master iTunes collection? (If you don’t mind enlightening us.)
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