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Informed rebuttal of VBR disadvantages appreciated, VBR always rocks, when it comes to lossy compression, right?
Moon
post Oct 16 2008, 09:54
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As already mentinend in this thread some fanboy over at the offical Pioneer forums is making claims that VBR sucks (here and here) in that it needs more processing power compared to CBR and for various other reasons.

I would like to have a well written rebuttal of that statment based on facts so Pioneer might reconsider putting VBR support into their upcoming DJ equipment. I've ripped all my 1000+ CDs to VBR and I wouldn't want to reencode them just because Pioneer doesn't get it right. Thanks!
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post Oct 17 2008, 11:00
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I've seen this in my very limited video encoding trials (visual is not my gig). It's interesting; and without opening yet another can of worms I might argue that the ears are (in some people) more accurate on a per-second basis than the eyes are; the eyes blur, the ears tend to do so less. That's my experience; maybe I'm wrong, and I'm sure the videophiles out there would argue that point with me.


You're mixing things in a way that it piles up according to your expectations and without any kind of sense. "Eyes blur, the ears (...) less" has nothing to do with VBR. Why do you think that?

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Well, yes and no. WaveLab is a high-end Audacity and not a media production suite. I'd say it's marketed towards the prosumers more than the professionals, as anyone who's serious about that type of stuff will pay the same for Cubase, Nuendo, or blow the whole wad and get ProTools. In my opinion, (and my opinion only), they should include some decent MP3 support because by the time WaveLab 5 was released, MP3 was already the de-facto standard and while the "pros" may not use it for their internal projects, I don't think it's a far stretch to say that even they have to use MP3 from time to time.


Wavelab is definitely a professional product, not a "prosumer" product. It's not supposed to be a "media production suite" since it's more specific to mastering and general audio editing. It costs about the same as Cubase 4. Recently Steinberg introduced "Wavelab Essential" which is aimed at the enthusiast/home user.

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I would hazard a guess that there IS a lot of post-processing going on, even if the player is doing nothing but playing, since the player has to be prepared to do things like scratch the audio, change the pitch and use hotcues and loops (all depending on the player, mind you). I'm not saying it's impossible, it just seems that for whatever reason the engineers at Pio have left VBR ability out, perhaps due to these reasons, and perhaps not. This is just a guess, however.


The post processing is not a reason not to use VBR. It may be the reason for a user to choose CBR 320 because it's theoretically the best quality setting the format standard has to offer. It has been shown repeatedly (using double blind listening tests) that VBR is generally the best quality mode for MP3 in files that result in average bitrates higher than 128 kbps and lower than 320 kbps. For example: if you have a 256 kbps CBR (256 is just an example; you can use 192, 224, 160, etc.) MP3 file it's very likely that some frames would would need more than 256 kbps to achieve the same quality than other frames not so "complex". The encoder is "starving" bits in complex parts and "wastes" bits in easy to encode parts. VBR simply aims to maintain a constant level of quality throughout the encoding.

The post processing I was refering to was more something like heavy equalization and added effects (flanger, reverb, 3D emulation, etc.). If used heavily, these can make almost any kind of lossy audio file sound bad, independently of VBR or CBR mode. And that's why I said if one has to use MP3 and post processing, CBR 320 may be a wise choice, because theoretically it will suffer the least. Not because it's CBR, I repeat. (I would very much prefer to use an equipment that supports lossless formats for this.) Processing power is also not the issue regarding VBR vs CBR. Also, I'd imagine that scratch/hot cues/loops are done using already decoded audio in some kind of buffer so that's also not an issue.

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- Moon   Informed rebuttal of VBR disadvantages appreciated   Oct 16 2008, 09:54
- - Raiden   Don't waste your energy. Self-absorbed people ...   Oct 16 2008, 10:51
- - halb27   It's all up to whether an encoder works well. ...   Oct 16 2008, 11:27
- - JensRex   Yes, don't waste your time. That guy is comple...   Oct 16 2008, 11:43
- - Slipstreem   As the other guys have already said, you're wa...   Oct 16 2008, 12:56
|- - add   QUOTE (Slipstreem @ Oct 16 2008, 13:56) C...   Oct 16 2008, 16:40
|- - Lyx   QUOTE (add @ Oct 16 2008, 17:40) QUOTE (S...   Oct 16 2008, 17:19
- - probedb   No point with some of these people....I've giv...   Oct 16 2008, 12:59
- - Canar   These threads are really old. I created an account...   Oct 16 2008, 16:59
|- - Synthetic Soul   QUOTE (Canar @ Oct 16 2008, 16:59) I resp...   Oct 16 2008, 17:08
- - Canar   No, I think I'm going mad. That post I made is...   Oct 16 2008, 18:10
|- - uart   QUOTE (Canar @ Oct 16 2008, 09:10) No, I ...   Oct 16 2008, 20:01
- - Slipstreem   Well, we have an answer of sorts over there from a...   Oct 16 2008, 18:18
- - Soap   Mind, if you do decide to argue: The argument that...   Oct 16 2008, 18:59
- - Slipstreem   I'm specifically not joining that forum as I...   Oct 16 2008, 19:39
- - Canar   Who is BDX?   Oct 16 2008, 20:03
|- - DJRyanJ   Alright guys, I'm the guy who did the wall of ...   Oct 16 2008, 20:49
|- - halb27   QUOTE (DJRyanJ @ Oct 16 2008, 21:49) ...S...   Oct 16 2008, 21:29
|- - kwanbis   QUOTE (DJRyanJ @ Oct 16 2008, 19:49) 5) W...   Oct 16 2008, 21:36
- - uart   I dont know, it's not me. Does anyone have a t...   Oct 16 2008, 20:06
- - Slipstreem   It wasn't me either, and I don't have a tr...   Oct 16 2008, 20:12
- - kornchild2002   I will post just to be ballsy. I don't see Pu...   Oct 16 2008, 20:48
- - Canar   I don't have the time right now to get more in...   Oct 16 2008, 21:13
- - m0rbidini   Pioneer should support VBR and stfu. If using VBR ...   Oct 16 2008, 21:57
- - DJRyanJ   OK, I have a brief moment here before my midterm s...   Oct 16 2008, 22:00
|- - Ron Jones   QUOTE (DJRyanJ @ Oct 16 2008, 14:00) Why ...   Oct 16 2008, 22:59
|- - m0rbidini   QUOTE (DJRyanJ @ Oct 16 2008, 22:00) QUOT...   Oct 16 2008, 23:32
|- - kwanbis   QUOTE (DJRyanJ @ Oct 16 2008, 21:00) I...   Oct 17 2008, 03:09
- - [JAZ]   I guess most it said already but I'd like to c...   Oct 16 2008, 23:01
- - Axon   What MP3 decoding library does Wavelab use? It...   Oct 16 2008, 23:02
- - DJRyanJ   QUOTE About 0.01% had issues. Most where CBRs. Di...   Oct 17 2008, 04:39
|- - kwanbis   QUOTE (DJRyanJ @ Oct 17 2008, 03:39) Did ...   Oct 17 2008, 05:06
- - xmixahlx   1. regarding the difficulty of decoding VBR it...   Oct 17 2008, 05:52
- - m0rbidini   QUOTE I've seen this in my very limited video ...   Oct 17 2008, 11:00
- - Lyx   Why have a long discussion when it all can be summ...   Oct 17 2008, 13:21
|- - halb27   QUOTE (Lyx @ Oct 17 2008, 14:21) Why have...   Oct 17 2008, 14:33
|- - lvqcl   QUOTE (halb27 @ Oct 17 2008, 17:33) QUOTE...   Oct 17 2008, 14:49
|- - Lyx   QUOTE But maximum bitrate for LAME VBR (i.e. lame ...   Oct 17 2008, 15:13
- - pdq   I am guessing (and I don't really know anythin...   Oct 17 2008, 13:50
- - Slipstreem   Won't the part of the audio stream being worke...   Oct 17 2008, 13:57
|- - pdq   QUOTE (Slipstreem @ Oct 17 2008, 08:57) W...   Oct 17 2008, 14:48
- - Synthetic Soul   DJRyanJ, kudos for making the effort to partake in...   Oct 17 2008, 14:04
- - Slipstreem   I'm gonna have to go and read more about how t...   Oct 17 2008, 15:01
- - Slipstreem   The only problem I can see with that is that some ...   Oct 17 2008, 15:43
|- - Lyx   QUOTE (Slipstreem @ Oct 17 2008, 16:43) T...   Oct 17 2008, 15:56
- - halb27   IMO the old --preset scheme or a similar one addre...   Oct 17 2008, 15:59
- - greynol   Now we're just going around in circles. There...   Oct 17 2008, 16:05
|- - Lyx   QUOTE (greynol @ Oct 17 2008, 17:05) Now ...   Oct 17 2008, 16:21
- - Synthetic Soul   We're also going way off-topic...   Oct 17 2008, 16:53
- - Slipstreem   A quick heads-up (not that I've been spying). ...   Oct 17 2008, 19:25
- - DJRyanJ   I actually know Pulse personally and he's not ...   Oct 17 2008, 20:59
|- - kornchild2002   QUOTE (DJRyanJ @ Oct 17 2008, 13:59) I...   Oct 17 2008, 21:21
|- - Canar   QUOTE (kornchild2002 @ Oct 17 2008, 13:21...   Oct 17 2008, 21:48
||- - kornchild2002   QUOTE (DJRyanJ @ Oct 17 2008, 14:40) Gene...   Oct 17 2008, 22:27
|- - kwanbis   QUOTE (kornchild2002 @ Oct 17 2008, 20:21...   Oct 19 2008, 19:25
- - Neasden   On the switch subject, I just would like to add th...   Oct 17 2008, 21:34
- - DJRyanJ   QUOTE (kornchild2002 @ Oct 17 2008, 13:21...   Oct 17 2008, 21:40
|- - Slipstreem   QUOTE (DJRyanJ @ Oct 17 2008, 21:40) What...   Oct 17 2008, 21:59
- - DJRyanJ   QUOTE (Slipstreem @ Oct 17 2008, 13:59) O...   Oct 18 2008, 01:11
|- - Synthetic Soul   QUOTE (DJRyanJ @ Oct 18 2008, 01:11) I...   Oct 18 2008, 10:00
- - Moon   Well, I'm sorry but after finding out about Pi...   Oct 18 2008, 11:11
|- - Synthetic Soul   QUOTE (Moon @ Oct 18 2008, 11:11) Well, I...   Oct 18 2008, 19:04
- - Slipstreem   With reference to your last paragraph, have you tr...   Oct 18 2008, 13:04
- - Moon   I'm gonna try em tonight. I've also conver...   Oct 18 2008, 16:36
- - pdq   If even a single frame uses 320 kbps then the enti...   Oct 18 2008, 22:16
- - Moon   QUOTE (Synthetic Soul @ Oct 18 2008, 20:0...   Oct 19 2008, 09:24
- - DJRyanJ   QUOTE (Moon @ Oct 18 2008, 03:11) a) a fu...   Oct 19 2008, 10:33
|- - Synthetic Soul   QUOTE (DJRyanJ @ Oct 19 2008, 10:33) I su...   Oct 19 2008, 11:54
|- - Moon   QUOTE (DJRyanJ @ Oct 19 2008, 11:33) QUOT...   Oct 20 2008, 09:50
- - shadowking   Dj's of the world please stop bothering us wit...   Oct 20 2008, 12:50
- - DJRyanJ   I'm trying to do some comparisons, and I'm...   Oct 21 2008, 19:58
|- - Canar   http://ff123.net/samples.html is a good place to s...   Oct 21 2008, 20:16
- - halb27   On problemSamples folder you'll find those sam...   Oct 21 2008, 20:25
- - DJRyanJ   QUOTE (Canar @ Oct 21 2008, 13:16) Howeve...   Oct 21 2008, 20:58
|- - halb27   QUOTE (DJRyanJ @ Oct 21 2008, 21:58) .. f...   Oct 21 2008, 22:06
|- - Moon   QUOTE (DJRyanJ @ Oct 21 2008, 21:58) I...   Oct 21 2008, 22:28
|- - Slipstreem   QUOTE (DJRyanJ @ Oct 21 2008, 20:58) I...   Oct 22 2008, 00:52
- - lvqcl   QUOTE It refers to the LAME problem samples page f...   Oct 21 2008, 21:09
|- - Canar   QUOTE (lvqcl @ Oct 21 2008, 13:09) http:/...   Oct 21 2008, 21:26
- - DJRyanJ   That's the plan, slipstreem. Moon, I'll s...   Oct 22 2008, 04:31


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