What format is your main collection encoded in?

Discussion in 'Soundcards, Speakers HiFI & File formats' started by ROBSCIX, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. ROBSCIX

    ROBSCIX Ancient Guru

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    I figured this might make a good conversation. I find when newer people start getting into higher end audio components they start to realize their source files needs to be high quality also for the best overall experience.

    Personally, I have a relatively large audio collection so organization becomes very important IMO. When I encode a new CD, I make sure the files are all named correctly, ID Tags are all done and I also include artwork from the original CD. I like the artwork because many of the players/skins I use will show or allow you to have access to this artwork during playback.

    So what ya using and how do you keep it organized?
     
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  2. TirolokoRD

    TirolokoRD Ancient Guru

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    Mine is MP3 @ 320kbps mostly. Started with FLACS sometime ago, Most of my musics comes from online, differente sources (Itunes, amazon, google), depends on the wallet really.

    FLAC is very hard to find online, and I dont usually buy the physical CD.

    My collection is vaguely organized, I started (Slowly) to organize it, but its a long job considering that I have almost 20K files around.

    What software do you use to encode?
     
  3. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    FLAC, some MP3s from an age past.
    Organised through folders for FLAC and MP3, completely separate folder for Classical with its own MP3 and FLAC sections.
    Foobar2000 tabs used to organise further.
     
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  4. ROBSCIX

    ROBSCIX Ancient Guru

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    To the questions, it is easiest to organize the files as you are adding them. Doing it after you have a large collection is very time consuming. As for the encoding, there are different apps you can use EAC seems to most popular but such apps are for encoding from CD. You an use you can use different apps to re-encode from WAV or other formats to Flac. I have encoded tracks from line-input also, recording and encoding masters of live performances from friends.
     
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    TruMutton_200Hz Ancient Guru

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    Most of it is audiophile quality vinyl (LP albums) ripped to 24/96 FLAC using a variety of decent turntable setups (Rega, Sota, Technics, VPI,...). Nearly all of these setups have been modded / upgraded in one way or another and combined with a variety of decent ADCs (Tascam US-144, E-MU 0404 or better).
    The albums are stored in separate folders with the artist, album title, year and usually some additional info such as the country in which the pressing was made, the record label and catalog number, bit depth and samplerate, all nicely specified in the folder names, which also include artwork scans most of the time. I have scripted the column contents of my foobar2000 playlist view a little according to my personal preference and basically that's it.
     
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    killer_939 Ancient Guru

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    320k MP3 and flac where i can get my hands on it.
     
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    bokah Ancient Guru

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    flac, mp3 192+, avi...
     
  8. ASLayerAODsk

    ASLayerAODsk Master Guru

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    FLAC n WAV..anything less...is uncivilized. :)
     
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    FLAC and 320k mp3's. And I have a Spotify Premium subscription. I believe the format for Spotify hq streaming is 320k OGG.
     
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    Got drunk one night and heard a crappy quality MP3, selected files by type and deleted the lot, only FLAC for me now. I have fairly good kit, a xonar stx (with ever changing opamps) and some KRK monitors. Perhaps my ears are better when drunk, nothing else is !!
     

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    Nothing like beer for making things happen lol.
     
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    Well as I recall I was listening to some 80's love song compilation, gladly rid of that, and the ex Mrs. to be fair. Every cloud.....
     
  13. Pill Monster

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    MP3 @192k or better & tagged with IDv2.

    My collection has nearly 30,000 files...there's no way I could store them all in lossless format it would take up too much room.

    Actually I listen mostly to shoutcast these days via WinAmp.
     
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    Mine would be about 98% FLAC delivered to my DAC by the Logitech Squeezebox Touch. MP3 when there are no other options but that is rare these days. I'm buying more vinyl these days than I have for years though so for the last month or 2 I've been doing about 50% of my listening from analogue.
     
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    I have a mix of FLAC and mp3, a little bit of WAV too.
     

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    Mine is entirely in ALAC, mainly because I'm too lazy to convert it all into FLAC, which had a better performance:compression ratio the last time I checked.
     
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    Archive rips from CDs are in TAK.
    TAK compresses better and just as fast as FLAC.
    Anything I want to store in my portable player is transcoded to MP3 using LAME (-V 0).
     
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    CDs and DVDs, both physical and clones in hard drive
    MP3 320
    Just starting my FLAC collection
     
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    most are VBR MP3. wish it were flac, but its too damn time consuming to do it again.
     
  20. TirolokoRD

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    I guess as long as it sounds nice and its organized correctly, it should not matter.

    Almost 20k in files, can have the time to mess with them.

    What I do, is to choose a day in the week and deal with couple of albums/artist randomly!
     

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