View Full Version : Appropriate Setting

04-26-2002, 06:23 AM
Ok...I'd just like to know what is the best setting for DbPowerAMP. I have a MP3/CD player so I'd like good quality with space not being that much of an issue, so around 128-192 kbps. However, I've heard so much talk of "alt-preset extreme" in other forums and have no idea what they're on about. Apparently it's really good, but I have no idea. Also, I'd like to know which you guys prefer, Vbr, Cbr or Abr. So all in all I'd simply like to know what's the best quality one can cram into about 5 megs for 4 minutes. Thanks in anticipation.

BTW- I listen to mostly rap and hip-hop music if that makes any difference

Whoops, almost forgot. I've heard that using cbr is easier for the mp3/cd player and results in less skipping. Also what's this with the "alt-preset standard". I read someone recommened (http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/showthread.php?threadid=919) "--alt-preset cbr 192" for MP3/CD players (he said 160 was good but not great for songs with high distortion ie Heavy metal, not a problem). I sorta understand the preset thing (it's in advanced and presets), but I didn't see any extreme nor standard. So what is everyone talking about with the presets and how would I do this using DbpowerAMP??? Thanks for putting up with my incessant babbling :)

04-26-2002, 12:09 PM
The presets are just a quick way of setting Lame up, so for example you might have a -alt preset spoon

Which could be basically VBR 192 kbps.....dMC encodes to Lame through the DLL, at this time the dll is not able to access the alt presets.

I am sure Modatic, our resident audio expert will be better able to advise you.

04-26-2002, 07:13 PM
Not CBR at all, I use ABR on my rio 500 and VBR on my iRiver iMP-250.

--alt-preset standard sounds like the perfect preset for you.

Have a look at my --alt-preset guide (http://www.modatic.net/audio/altpresets_explained.php).

Once you download the commandline version of lame, set it up with dBpowerAMP's Generic CLI creator which can be downloaded from here (http://www.dbpoweramp.com/codec-central-generic-cli.htm) or use the Wave2Lame (http://home.wanadoo.nl/~w.speek/w2l.htm) frontend. ;)

04-26-2002, 11:43 PM
Ok I understand much better now. Thnaks :)

However, I don't want to buy DbPowerAMP Power Pack and Wave2Lame you mentioned doesn't work (it says "cannot init output file" then the file location). So I'd like to know if you have any other alternatives to these two front ends.

04-27-2002, 12:22 AM
Well, there's LameDrop (http://www.inf.ufpr.br/~rja00/files/lamedrop.zip) and then there's RazorLame (http://www.dors.de/razorlame/).

Both are free, but don't contain the encoder. Make sure you already have it downloaded.

04-27-2002, 11:00 AM
thanks again, but why does it say that the "input and output file are the same". Does this mean that I have to encode all my existing files to .wav and then use the alt preset standard configuration in order to create the MP3's again??? Is there a more efficient way???

04-27-2002, 05:50 PM
I take it you were trying to reencode your existing mp3s into Lame --alt-preset standard?

MP3 is a lossy process, once you encode your music, you've lost quality that can not be retrieved unless you rerip from the CD. Converting your existing mp3 collection to an alt-preset setting will not improve quality, it will take even more quality away, nor will coverting them to wave give back any quality. What is lost is lost unless you rerip from the CD.

Have a peek at this:

Is there a more efficient way???

Not for the moment :(