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the best testsongs?
mikeshade2k
post Dec 4 2002, 17:05
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hi

i wannt to test and find my own best mp3 settings, what are the best songs (pop mainly) for testing purposes?
what are your experiences?
i tested with these samples (sticky) and with some classical until now

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post Dec 4 2002, 17:43
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Random songs from your collection should d the job just fine.

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ff123 had a good collection of 'real-world' samples for the 64kbps listening test. They are offline now, but I'm sure someone could mirror them...
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post Dec 4 2002, 17:51
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I'd say if you want to find settings that work on most sorts of music reasonably well, you might want to try tracks that really bring an encoder to it's knees.

In my experience anything Acoustic (acoustic guitars are good) or percussion (hi-hat, cymbals) will definetely force the encoder to allocate a lot of bits. The Eric Clapton Unplugged session had a couple hard to encode songs. Also, stay away from Trip-Hop. Portishead compressed VERY nicely.

Oh, maybe I should mention that I primarily use Vorbis B) , but I think a hard-to-encode track is a hard-to-encode-track, regardless of codec.
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post Dec 4 2002, 20:06
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QUOTE (dev0 @ Dec 4 2002 - 08:43 AM)
Random songs from your collection should d the job just fine.

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ff123 had a good collection of 'real-world' samples for the 64kbps listening test. They are offline now, but I'm sure someone could mirror them...
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The samples used for the 64 kbps test are up at:

http://ff123.net/samples.html

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post Dec 5 2002, 10:12
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post Dec 5 2002, 10:31
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IMHO the best testtracks are music you know well and like to listen to.
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post Dec 5 2002, 12:10
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QUOTE (mikeshade2k @ Dec 4 2002 - 08:05 AM)
i wannt to test and find my own best mp3 settings, what are the best songs (pop mainly) for testing purposes?
what are your experiences?
i tested with these samples (sticky) and with some classical until now

I would recommend No Quarter by Led Zeppelin from Houses Of The Holy album.
The subtly distorted electric piano in the beginning totally kills Ogg Vorbis.
lame --alt-preset standard (3.92 compile so that might be the fault) isn't totally transparent either on the cymbals and I think I can differentiate even --alt-preset extreme from the original
Disclaimer: I haven't done ABX since the tests were done at a friend's place who has better stereos).
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