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#1 neoufo51

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 05:27

I didnt make this plugin, but its not very well known here so I thought I would give it some publicity. ssamadhi97 of the Foobar2000 forums made it if you want to give him props.

Summary: the main purpose is to convert an LPCM signal, but even more exciting is the Noise Sharpening DSP.

The noise sharpener adds noise in the inaudible range to increase resolution in the audible range. So more noise shaping->more noise->more audible resolution.

It's the audio equivalent of using an image sharpening filter on your pictures. It makes audio files sound "sharper" (clearer). You WILL notice the difference.

Instructions:
1) put the dll in the components folder of your Foobar2000.
2) Open Foobar2000, go to the DSP manager and put "Noise Sharpening" on the Active DSP list. Make sure its at the top.
3) On Noise Sharpening settings, slide the bar to 50-125%. (Whatever sounds reasonable, I think 50% for beginners, 75-100% for others?)
4) Play any audio file and notice the increased clarity. Activate it and deactivate it while its playing over and over to see the difference.


In sum...I can't see how I didnt use this before.

foo_dsp_delta can be found on this page.
http://pelit.koillis...gins/dsp.php#92
Or since its only 11kb, I mirrored it with an attachment. Enjoy!

If you want to see other plugins by this author, please visit:
http://www.stud.uni-...sruhe.de/~uybc/

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#2 OP neoufo51

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 05:28

Oh and guys, please tell me what you think of what it does to your audio files.

#3 vetgiga

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 05:31

Whoa...really did work. Try it with classical music. :| Thanks a bunch neo (Y)

#4 OP neoufo51

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 05:34

Whoa...really did work. Try it with classical music. :| Thanks a bunch neo (Y)

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I know! It makes instrumentals WAY clearer. Try listening to Coldplay or something with hauntingly sung vocals. It sounds dramatically better. I don't think I can ever listen to my music without this.

Oh and guys, to get the full effect remember to keep the DSP at the top of the "Active DSP" list to make sure it gets first priority in processing your audio files.

EDIT: If you want even better output...if your soundcard can support it... Change your output settings to "Kernel Streaming." This bypasses the Windows Sound Mixer and produces bit-by bit accurate playback.

The output plugin should come with Foobar2000 but its not installed by default. I decided to save people the time of downloading Foobar2000 again and attached my Kernel Streaming output plugin.

REMEMBER: Not all soundcards support Kernel Streaming output.

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Edited by neoufo51, 27 February 2005 - 05:42.


#5 Rob2687

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 05:39

Not bad...and im a winamp user too...
Im think Im gonna use Foobar now for this :D

#6 OP neoufo51

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 05:43

Not bad...and im a winamp user too...
Im think Im gonna use Foobar now for this :D

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Wow...this plugin alone converted a Winamp user. :o

Glad I made a difference. :D

#7 +DrunkenMaster

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 06:02

Cool. I listen to jazz and blues music and it gives the the trumpets extra oomph and the drums more bass. It sounds sooo much better.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

If only there were a Winamp way (or iTunes) way for this. Foobar's a great player, I just like the skins better in the 'Amp.

#8 Nate Archibald

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 06:11

VERY NICE, Thank you for such a nice plugin!!

Finally, I am switching back to Foobar from WMP10!
yay.

#9 OP neoufo51

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 06:13

VERY NICE, Thank you for such a nice plugin!!

Finally, I am switching back to Foobar from WMP10!
yay.

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Don't thank me. Thank ssamadhi97 of the Foobar2000 forums.

Thats 2 conversions so far...

Don't forget that you can change the Sharpening slider to any setting you like. I just use 125 since it sounds like a reasonable amount. I think 150 might be better, not sure.

#10 mu30286

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 07:06

thank you, but i cant really perceive any diff. :(

#11 Rob2687

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 07:08

Having severe hearing loss myself, I can tell you theres a huge difference. The sound is a ton clearer with this...

#12 Sch3mz

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 07:09

wow thanks for sharing this great plugin...it really improves the clarity in trance music as well.

#13 PukiMan

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 07:10

thank you, but i cant really perceive any diff. :(

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Same here

#14 d3nuo

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 07:18

wow.. that makes a huge difference! amazing enhancement in quality!!!! i guess i will have to use foobar over winamp now.. thanks a bunch neo!

#15 Maxious

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 07:23

I know! It makes instrumentals WAY clearer. Try listening to Coldplay or something with hauntingly sung vocals. It sounds dramatically better.  I don't think I can ever listen to my music without this.

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I think thats why some people arn't noticing it - humans are more used to listening to vocals

has a definate effect and doesn't crash like winamp 5 dsps (i did something nasty and now even after manual reinstalls it BSODs if i use any dsp plugins - sound drivers maybe???)