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"Fake" lossless file from artist's store?
pinoniceusagi
post Sep 16 2012, 06:54
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Hi. I bought an ALAC-encoded album from an artists' official homepage a few days back. The file size was a bit smaller than I expected (and the "bitrate" displayed in foobar lower than 90% of my own lossless rips).

So, I checked the filed with this application called Audiochecker 2.0.

It reports the rip as being MP3s that have been transcoded into lossless format. I tried the same application on a lot of my own lossless rips, and it reports my own rips as "true" lossless rips.

Is there a way to confirm whether the album I bought really is a lossy to lossless transcode or not? I do not own the original CD, so I can't compare that way.
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Lemphek
post Aug 21 2013, 09:25
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QUOTE (pinoniceusagi @ Sep 16 2012, 06:54) *
Is there a way to confirm whether the album I bought really is a lossy to lossless transcode or not? I do not own the original CD, so I can't compare that way.


Hey mate, can you open the using Audacity's spectral analysis tool?
Use the following settings:


having a visual look at the file will help smile.gif
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Kohlrabi
post Aug 21 2013, 09:59
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QUOTE (Lemphek @ Aug 21 2013, 10:25) *
having a visual look at the file will help smile.gif
No it won't. You don't have access to the master, so you cannot make a comparison, and just looking for a lowpass is not an evidence. It's advisable to treat anything bought online or ripped from CD as a first-generation file, and base your decision which file to keep on finding out which one sounds best to you, and not which one looks best in a spectrogram.

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