*Attention: Mediasurfer.ch does not store or host any files on it's server. It is an index and all links to content are provided from other servers & are not affiliated with this site.

*Donations: I would like to send you guys some pennies. Do you accept PayPal?*

We don't accept PayPal but if you wish to donate, you can send us some bitcoins to the address below. 

BTC Address: 1LnLUfLZB3HZAG7SRSp8k4djzMbo4xP5Ln

Donations are 100% optional. If you enjoy what we do, consider a small bitcoin donation to the address above. All donations will go to and have gone directly to the cost/maintenance of this website.

*Reporting dead links/comments section*

We want everyone to read this very carefully. If there are 2 different links present as in 1 FLAC link and 1 AAC link, if you don't specify which link is down, your comment will be flagged by our Spam bot and it will be sent straight to the Spam folder. We cannot help you if you don't specify your needs. No more warnings and no exceptions will be made. The same will happen if you decide to report a link that is online as "dead" or "not working" This section contains all of the information you need so please use it. It is not difficult to download from our website. You've been warned!  If English is not your native language, please copy and paste this information and translate it here. You may also comment in your native language and we will translate and respond to you accordingly in your native language.
 
*Failure to comply will result in your comments being labeled as Spam.

*Why AAC and not MP3? What's the difference?*

AAC was designed to be the successor of the MP3 format. Although MP3 is near universal, AAC support has increased. Virtually all modern mobile devices and PC's can play AAC files right out of the box. Although a good audio recording with excellent mastering is always what matters, AAC at a lower bit rate will usually achieve a better lossy version of the original recording when compared to an MP3 file at a higher bit rate. This will be the standard lossy format for this site. It is not subject to change. Below are some comparisons.

"Scream Machine" by Beyond Fear: Original FLAC file ripped from the C.D.
"Scream Machine" by Beyond Fear: Converted from FLAC to AAC, (256 kbps, CBR, Stereo) using the settings listed below.
"Scream Machine" by Beyond Fear: Converted from FLAC to MP3 (320 kbps, CBR, Stereo) using the LAME encoder, version 3.99.

*What's the bit rate for the AAC files? What about the bit rate for FLAC?*

The AAC (Advanced Audio Encoding) files on this site were made using the current version of the Apple based qaac encoder. The encoder specifications are qaac version 2.68, CoreAudioToolbox 7.10.9.0. The original FLAC files are CD rips at 16 bit, 44.100 kHz, stereo, which is the industry standard. The AAC files are made using the following encoding settings and use the extension .M4A.

*Settings*

- AAC-LC profile (Low Complexity) -

- Bit rate is 256 kbps, CBR (constant bit rate) -

- All files will use Stereo mode instead of Joint Stereo mode -

*What about requests?*

This one can be seen on the homepage but in case people have missed it, we do not take requests. This is not up for debate or subject to change. Any requests left in the comments section will simply be ignored. Plain and simple. "It's what we have, not what we can find."

* Why do some posts have a skull sign? What is that? *

Every now and then, a staff member will publish an article with this symbol: and even this: ⚓These symbols indicate a "Staff Pick" These are the albums that the staff enjoy the most. Their personal favorites, if you will. These are not "classic" albums or "recommendations" That is not the goal or the idea behind these selections so please, don't take us to "school" for what a classic album is or should be. We don't care. The staff member's name and avatar will be present in every publication that features the ☠ symbol. It is also common for a staff member to publish an album that he or she does not enjoy but another staff member might and therefore, will select it. While we're on this subject, on certain occasions the entire staff will select a certain album that they all enjoy. Should this occur, this symbol will be used: ⚓ and a special "patch" will be present within the publication. This entire section can be accessed via the website's main menu on the homepage by clicking on the "Staff Picks" tab.

*I think the link is infected with a virus! You bastards!*

These images are the result of the "Microsoft Tech Scam" also known as the "Indian Tech Scam" Your PC is perfectly fine. It has not been infected.
In a nutshell, these pages are bogus. They are part of a scam known as the "Indian/Microsoft Technical Support scam" For more information on this subject, please visit the following link here.

*Mega Download Page Can't Be Accessed/Blocked Links*

Recent reports  have indicated that various and in some cases all links are either blocked or the user is unable to access the Mega download page. A new feature in Adfly has been introduced. It is currently being tested. This is not us, this is Adfly. However, the new feature does function very well. The process is quite simple. After clicking on the "Skip Ad" button, new page will load. It is a blue screen that reads "please press allow to continue" You must click on "allow" to reach the Mega page. It's that simple. Often, once you click "allow" on this page, you won't have to click on it again during the next download as the page will just automatically load the Mega link afterwards. Sometimes the page will hang or not load. Simply reload the page and it will take you to the Mega download page. None of the Adfly links are blocked. None of the Adfly links are down and none of the Adfly links are broken. If you are still having problems, we suggest you upload a screenshot of the supposed error page you are receiving. Upload a screenshot to imgur.com and post the link in the comments section of the post in question. We have also provided some screenshots here of a more recent post that was reported as "blocked" The following links were tested using the following operating systems and internet browsers. All of which proved to be online and accessible. The recommended browsers for this website are Opera and Google Chrome.

- Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 8.1

- Internet Browsers: Fire Fox, Opera, Google Chrome

- On Windows 10 -

*On Fire Fox
*FLAC link


*AAC link


*On Google Chrome
*FLAC link


*AAC link

*On Opera
*FLAC link


*AAC link


- On Windows 8.1 -

*On Opera
*FLAC link



*AAC link


*On Google Chrome
*FLAC link



*On Fire Fox
*FLAC link


*Can I send you some links/files?*

While we appreciate our visitors wanting to help, this practice is not allowed here. If you would like to contribute, you can report any dead links in the comments section at the bottom of each post.

*What's the password? Corrupt RAR files/"Unspecified, extraction errors*

The RAR files on this site were made externally by using Win Rar. Updating or downloading the latest and most current version of Win RAR will resolve this issue. We are currently using version 5.70 beta 2. The RAR files do not contain passwords

*When RAR files are password protected, this is what it actually looks like when an archived RAR file is asking for a password. Mediasurf.org does not use passwords for archived RAR files.

If you are seeing this error or something similar, it means you are using an incompatible extraction software. This is not the software/program asking for a password nor does it pertain to one. *A non existent password will not fix this error.*
*Confirmation that the method above was the solution.

*How this matter was brought to our attention.

*Mediasurfer.ch does not store or host any files on it's server. It is an index and all links to content are provided from other servers & are not affiliated with this site.

43 comments:

  1. Though it is stated that there is no request section it should be obligated to explained why as the mediasurfers have nothing but wonder why such a rule has been taken. Specifically since this is a wide variety of download music site. Though understandable that it is based on a cd owned platform and that is part of the reason it makes the site unique. I dont think it is enough to deprive the surfer of the possibility of having even more fun with the ability for user submitted material albeit not just owned or site run staffed. Making the site and the experience weaker and lacking.

    ReplyDelete
  2. since it doesnt show my comments I dont know if it went through. It should be visible though still approved seeking.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I would really like to send some CD Image files to this site. I can take Pictures of the Albums so you will have a proof.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm obligated by the powers that be to say "no" to you my love 😞 Buck wants to keep this site "library based" meaning only our personal CD's are allowed. I've been pitching a separate section where visitors like yourself can send CD images and they will be posted there but as it stands, Buck is against it. 😞

      Delete
  4. Are those spectrum images legit? I mean the AAC and the MP3 ones? I'm sorry but I have a hard time believing that a 256 kbps AAC is better than a higher bitrate MP3 file. What program did you use to encode the MP3? I would like to verify this for myself using the same song.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The spectrum images are 100% legit. The biggest misconception of the MP3 format is that it was designed to make high quality lossy versions of lossless audio files. This is not true. The purpose of the MP3 was compression, streaming and sharing. The MP3 was designed during the era of dial up internet, where connections were slower than what they are now. Sharing large FLAC files was out of the question at those speeds. The MP3's goal was to make an acceptable copy of the original audio file while reducing the size of the file. Compression was always favored. Not high quality. This is also the reason why it became immensely popular during the early days of dial up and peer to peer sharing programs like napster. The files were smaller and could be downloaded easier and in less time. The AAC format was designed to be the successor of the MP3. All of the early limitations of the MP3 were corrected with AAC, like achieving a higher quality lossy version at a lower bitrate, something the MP3 could never do. AAC was also made in a different era for a different era. Download speeds are no longer an issue and the format was designed for both high quality lossy audio and compression. It literally is the modern improvement of the MP3. If you would like to verify the results, please feel free to do so. Both the FLAC and the AAC versions of those 2 tracks are available on this site. Just search for "Beyond Fear" To encode in MP3, the program that was used was Fre:ac. The link will be provided below. It uses the LAME encoder and the most recent version of the program uses the current version on LAME, version 3.100. We are confident that your results will be identical to ours. Enjoy ☺

      Fre:ac
      https://www.freac.org/index.php/en/latest-news-mainmenu-2/15-archive/250-freac-20170729

      Delete
    2. Wow! Ok challenge accepted. I will verify this. You may be "baby girl" Lass but if youre lying, I will let it be known >:( This seems like a great site but when some thing is too good to be true it usually is.

      Delete
    3. That's true but not with me or the boys. I look forward to your results beloved ☺ Be a doll and prove me wrong. 😘

      Delete
    4. Hola Lass, ya solucione los link caidos gradualmente volvieron a funcionar, me gustaria decir algo sobre AAC, yo tenia mis sospechas sobre los archivos tanto de MP3 como de AAC ya que tenia algunas canciones que compre en itunes y no me sonaban tan mal despues de todo, incluso crei por momentos que sonaban mejor, pero la mala fama que le han hecho a la comprecion me quitaba eso de la cabeza, al leer tu articulo aqui me dio curiocidad y cree un archivo AAC usando los parametros que tu mencionabas y de ahi queme un CD (yo no uso DAC ni me gusta usar la musica archivada solo la uso para grabar mis CDs y tocarlos en CD players), bien el cd es de uno que encontre aqui pero que yo ya tenia y conozco muy bien el sonido, el cd quemado del archivo AAC la verdad es que suena mucho mejor, el sonido es claro y nada pesado, un sonido ligero muy agradable, sin fatiga, yo tenia muchas sospechas sobre esto, los archivos muy grandes tienen tanta informacion y generan frecuencias tantas que ni los equipos logran reproducirlas no el cerebro logra comprender tanto por eso que el audio digital suele ser fatigoso, yo use CD players de los que se fabricaron en 1983, estos leen menos informacion pero suelen tener un sonido mas agradable que los modernos, con el AAC como tu lo recomendastes creo se logra ese perfil, archivos livianos, definitivamente esto es algo que voy a usar mas de aqui en adelante.........

      Delete
    5. También hay que tener en cuenta cómo la masterización ha cambiado desde los años 80. Ninguna grabación de los 80 pasó del nivel de 20 khz. Esto se hizo intencionalmente porque el oído humano no puede oír más allá de los 20 kHz. Aunque cuando la gente ve esto bajo un espectro, la gente pensará que es un FLAC falso. Eso viene de personas que nunca han comprado música en un CD antes de los 90 o en general. Lo más importante es la masterización, no el formato de audio. Otra cosa que la gente no se da cuenta es que el MP3 tiene 26 años ahora. Aunque ahora tiene soporte universal, nunca fue diseñado para la calidad. Fue diseñado para hacer una buena representación de la grabación de audio original pero en un tamaño más pequeño para que pueda compartirse en línea. Durante los días de acceso telefónico a Internet, donde todo se descargaba y cargaba en Kb's en lugar de Mb's, un tamaño más pequeño significaba menos tiempo para cargar y descargar. Esa es la verdadera intención del MP3. AAC fue diseñado para ser el sucesor del MP3. Está diseñado para brindar una mejor calidad de sonido en un tamaño más pequeño y más bajo en una base en una era donde las velocidades de descarga, las velocidades de carga y el almacenamiento ya no son un problema. Eso es otra cosa que la gente olvida. AAC también tiene una mala reputación porque fue diseñada por Apple, pero ya no es su propiedad ya que ahora la han convertido en un formato de código abierto. Nuestros codificadores están basados en Apple, pero no son los codificadores oficiales de Apple. Es un codificador de terceros de Windows que utiliza el código de Apple pero con más opciones y libertades. También es uno de los mejores codificadores AAC de código abierto de terceros.

      Delete
    6. Estoy de acuerdo con todo lo que Sentinel dijo. De veras, sigo esperando que "Anonymous" nos demuestre que estamos equivocados. ¿Ã‰l o ella?...🤔 Nunca envio las imágenes del espectro. 😕

      Delete
    7. Podrian darme su opinion sobre la calidad de los discos quemados??, la verdad es que yo escucho que suenan mejor que los originales, en especial los de los 90's que tenian color en la parte de abajo y eran de 650 mb, aunque tengo unos modernos baratos tambien que suenan muy bien, mis CD players son muy antiguos pero aun asi logran leerlos, creo que en el rip se eliminan los errores del cd original, ustedes que piensan al respecto?......

      Delete
    8. Sinceramente, el equipo no importa. Lo que realmente importa es la masterización de audio en el formato. Si una grabación se grabó mal, sonará terrible en el CD, el vinilo, el FLAC, etc. Lo mismo se aplica al vinilo. El vinilo es analógico, el CD es digital. Gran diferencia. Una grabación analógica hecha para un vinilo sonará mejor en el vinilo porque se hizo para vinilo. Las especificaciones de audio estándar para el CD son PCM de 16 bits, 44.100 kHz, estéreo. Esto no se aplica al análogo. Una grabación digital hecha en un equipo digital sonará mejor en un CD porque fue hecha para el CD. Una grabación digital no mejorará una vez que se transfiera a un vinilo. No funciona de esa manera. Lo contrario es cierto para analógico en CD. Esa es otra idea falsa que la gente tiene. El formato físico no mejora el audio en absoluto. Mucha de la música actualmente disponible en las tiendas digitales son versiones remasterizadas. Los álbumes remasterizados en nuestra opinión no mejoran la grabación original. Todo lo que hacen es hacer que la grabación original sea más alta en volumen que luego causa distorsión. Normalmente publicamos los lanzamientos originales en CD con el master de audio original. Por eso suenan mejor. Suenan mejor porque se grabaron mejor y sin distorsión causada por la compresión de audio y el alto volumen. Las grabaciones modernas y los álbumes remasterizados sufren de alto volumen, compresión de audio y distorsión. Suenan horribles porque fueron grabados horriblemente. Recuerda, lo mas importante es la masterización de audio. No si se vino de un CD, vinilo o FLAC. Al extraer audio de los CD's no se eliminan los errores originalmente presentes en las grabaciones. No funciona de esa manera.

      Delete
    9. Hola amigo Sentinel, mira acabo de quemar un CD usando archivos AIFF & el mismo archivo lo pase por el FREAK que tu recomendastes para crear un archivo AAC usando los parametros que tu recomendastes, fijate que el sonido del AAC es mucho mejor que el del AIFF original, en el AAC el sonido pierde lo agresivo del sonido original dandole un tono mas tolerable, ayer hice otra pueba con el CD de RUSH power windows que baje aqui, yo conozco como la pama de mi mano ese album en todos los formatos, lo baje en flac pero lo pase a AAC usando XLD que tiene los mismos parametros que tu recomendas, no te imaginas como somo ya el CDr que hice, mucho mejor que el original y mas sutil y agradable con timbres que no se escuchan en archivos pesados, en otras ocaciones hice archivos AAC usando itunes (no recuerdo que parametros use) pero estos archivos no bajaron el volumen sino que lo aumentaron, por eso no usaba AAC, pero si los resultados que estoy viendo son super......

      Delete
    10. Cada vez que convierte un audio sin pérdidas como FLAC, AIFF O ALAC a un formato con pérdidas como AAC y MP3, pierdes calidad y información. Es imposible que un audio con pérdidas suene mejor que el audio original. Sin embargo, es posible que te guste el archivo con pérdida mejor que el original y eso está bien. AAC fue diseñado para preservar la mayor cantidad posible del archivo de audio original y lo hace mejor que el MP3, ya que el MP3 tenía mucho que ver con el tamaño del archivo. AAC se concentra mas en la calidad y el tamaño del archivo. Es solo una cuestión de prioridad al final del día. Estoy muy feliz de que estés disfrutando de los archivos de AAC y estoy muy feliz especialmente para los usuarios de América Latina. Dejame decirte que fue una pesadilla para nosotros la primera vez que presentamos los archivos de AAC porque los usarios de Latino America querían los archivos en MP3, a pesar de que tenían una calidad inferior. Se negaron a creer lo que confirmastes. No quicieron aceptar o simplemente inventaron la vieja excusa de que sus móviles no eran compatibles con AAC que en 2019, ya no es cierto especialmente con el app de VLC player disponible en las tiendas digitales.

      Delete
    11. Otra cosa... Nosotros no utilizamos Fre:ac para hacer nuestros archivos de AAC. Utilizamos el codificador "QAAC" Tu que estás usando un MAC, el codificador de AAC de Apple en iTunes es realmente el mejor codificador de AAC que existe! QAAC es la alternativa de Windows y aunque podemos usar el codificador de iTunes, iTunes no es compatible con FLAC. Primero copiamos nuestros discos en FLAC y luego tomamos esos archivos y los convertimos a AAC usando "QACC". En un Mac, hay una manera de hacer que iTunes admita FLAC después de lo cual, puedes convertir los archivos de FLAC a AAC directamente en iTunes. Solo ajusta la configuración de los discos en iTunes a la configuración en la captura de pantalla de abajo. Una vez que hayas realizado los cambios en la configuración, simplemente seleccione las pistas que deseas convertir a AAC y listo.

      -Capturas
      https://imgur.com/a/4ivA8dA

      Delete
    12. Hola Sentinel fijate que yo estoy mas sorprendido que tu sobre el resultado que escucho, la informacion que tiene un CD no toda es buena y los errores que trae un CD son grandes y muchos, creo, y en lo que escucho, que el AAC logra eliminar los errores y el "loudness" que traen los CDs que es la parte que yo no tolero, he creado unos 4 Cdrs de los archivos bajados de aqui, y fijate que aunque sean de grupos diferentes el sonido tuene cierta similitud, no creas que por mas informacion mejor sonido, yo no puedo escuchar los SACD con 24 bits y 192000 khz, no los tolero, es mas no tolero los DAC modernos por esa razon, los CDs traen demaciada informacion y eso los convierte en fatigosos para escucharlos, mis CD players son de 1983-85 y estos restan loudness a los cd normales, luego de crear un Cdr de AAC suenan incluso mejor al reproducirlos en estos cd player antiguos, es mas todo mi equipo es vintage....

      Si estoy familiarizado con crear archivos AAC desde itunes, el problema que despues de creado hay que borrar cada archivo anterior y hacer eso con 15,000 canciones esta dificil, con freak solo arrastro los archivos desde itunes y al crearlos nuevos archivos solo borro todo los originales en itunes con un par de clicks......

      Delete
    13. Eso suena como un montón de trabajo.😮 Fre: ac es un buen programa. Lo extraño. Antes de unirme a este sitio, tenía toda mi colleccion de discos en MP3, 128 kbps y usé Fre: ac para crearlos. Fue cosa buena de que me convertí en un miembro de este sitio porque muchos de mis discos ahora son viejos y están llenos de arañazos 😟. 90% de mi colección de mis discos de los 80's fueron de mi madre. Me regaló su colleccion el día que cumplí 20 años y me mudé a mi propio apartamento. Son muchos de esa collecion que ya no sirven en reproductores de CD, pero sí en mi PC. Tener una copia en FLAC significa que es una copia idéntica, por lo que ahora no me siento tan culpable por no cuidar esos discos como debería 😔. Estoy muy contenta de que te gustaron los enlaces de AAC y no te preocupes querido. Vamos a actualizar el sitio entero con enlaces de AAC eventualmente. Gracias por tus comentarios. 🙂 Hasta luego.

      Delete
    14. Hola Lass, no habia leido tu comentario, gracias, fijate que si tienes discos rayados puedes darles una mano con pasta de dientes y bicarbonato de sodio, asi he reparado muchos de mis discos, he seguido haciendo pruebas con AAC, de hecho estoy cambiando todo a AAC por que ya mi computadora esta super llena y esta como que lenta, y mis discos suenan bien asi que lo que tengo en CD original lo tengo en AAC y lo que no lo agrego en ALAC o AAC, me anime a desempolpar el DAC que tengo para reproducir los archivos directamente a la compu, dejame decirte, los AAC cuando los pasas a CD hay una leve perdida, muy dificil que se note, pero si reproduces un AAC directamente de la computdora al amplificador ahi no hay diferencias, he probado otras formas tal como usar AAC a 320 kbps, no mejora nada, es identico, es mas, he hecho comparaciones reproduciendo un CD orginal contra un archivo AAC a 256 usando mi DAC y no hay diferencias, mas que usar espacios de sobra, creo que Apple supo que hacer con esta forma de comprecion, recuerda que ellos venden musica y solo usan AAC y ellos aseguran que sus descargas equibalen a la calidad de un CD original, si no fuera asi nadie les pagaria los precios tan altos que ellos venden los archivos, mi computadora les agradece ya que con el uso de AAC mi almacenamiento bajo a la mitad, aunque aun estoy actualizando con mas archivos.......

      Delete
  5. how can i make a request if i want some album?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You don't. Considering that you even asked, I pretty sure you didn't read this article and you didn't read the disclaimer. We don't take requests. This is not a website based on requests. I'm sorry love it's not going to happen. If we don't own the CD, it won't be published.

      Delete
  6. Hi, any here who can help me??, I have issues when I get to adfly add and I click the skid ad bottom, I click the bottom but nothing happen, I cant go further, the first time I found this site did wok well but some pages and some downloads did not pass after the adfly ad, now all links are bloked.....

    ReplyDelete
  7. None of the links are blocked. You have to click on "allow" once the blue screen appears. I don't understand why people keep reporting this. All of the links are available and running. Upload a screenshot of the supposed error page. We have already uploaded screenshots in our responses to prove that the links are up and running I suggest you do the same. Go to imgur.com and upload your screenshot then paste the link in your response.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hi ! Same thing for me. Last month everything was ok, but now, i click on "allow", then i click on "pass the ad" and nothing happens... My adblock is desactivated on Adfly off course :)
    What's wrong please ??

    ReplyDelete
  9. You have to click on "Allow" on the page that loads after clicking on "Skip Ad" It's a blue screen that comes after clicking on "Skip Ad" not before. However, one thing we didn't mention was that when we tested the links on all of our different machines, both virtual and physical, we didn't have any of our browsers save any information. As in browsing history, cookies, cache, passwords etc... All of that was and is disabled for us by default in all of our browser settings. I don't know if that might be a factor but the links all worked perfectly with those settings turn off. Perhaps cleaning out you history, cookies included, might help. Someone on a Mac also had this problem but the links are now working for him via Google Chrome. I have asked him to share any changes he made to his browser, if any with us. The new "Press Allow" feature is something that Adfly put on by default, not us. They are testing it but from our end and with our machines, everything is in working order. I promise you, we're not trying to screw anyone over.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks for the great albums, especially making them available in FLAC format.

    Regards,

    Gag Helfront

    ReplyDelete
  11. I have a question, Lass. I have been using yoit site for a year and I'm always curious about why there are no first track on the most of the albums. Is that some kinds of protection for not to detected by copyrights violation? Thank you for the sharing btw and sorry for my bad english

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Senn, how are you? What do you mean? Are you implying that the first track on many albums are not included? We don't upload albums with missing tracks. Or are you asking about the "HTOA" track? Also, what is you native language? If it is easier for you, ask in your native language and we can translate it later.

      Delete
    2. Oh, I figure it out.. I have always used the android app(7zipper) to decompress the files and thats the real problem. First track doesn't disappear anymore with other decompressing app. You guys can also testing with android phones like me. Thanks for the answer and I think I have to re-download all albums with missing tracks :(
      Btw Always thankful for the amazing files!!
      + My native country is South Korea! So I thought you guys would not understand my word anyway haha

      Delete
    3. Yes, this website uses Win RAR. No other extraction software is required. No worries about the language barrier. You can, if you wish, write in Korean and we can translate it via Google Translate afterwards 😉 We've had several comments in Russian, Portuguese and French in the past and we've translated and responded back to them in their native language 😊 Thank you for your continued support and please do let us know if you see any Microsoft Tech Support Scams on any of the links so that Sentinel can find and report them. Good day.

      Delete
  12. Yes Lass I have noticed a extra song file is always at first file, no sound and few seconds only, about 11 seconds, all songs of the album are complete, just the 01 song is extra, I just remove it when transfer to itunes......

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. El archivo "HTOA" son las brechas/períodos de silencio que los CD han reunido en un solo archivo. Se reúnen en un solo archivo para la reproducción sin espacios. No todos nuestros CD tienen lagunas de silencio. Los que lo hacen están reunidos en un archivo etiquetado "HTOA"

      Delete
  13. AnonymousJuly 09, 2019

    Was wondering what's being used to show those spectrums? freac? Or something else?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a program called "Spek" It's free and can be viewed/downloaded here.....

      - Spek website.
      http://spek.cc/

      Delete
    2. AnonymousJuly 09, 2019

      Got it, Thanks.

      And thanks for a great site!!

      Delete
  14. AnonymousJuly 11, 2019

    I saw the old (by now super old) post where someone was going to encode their own mp3 from the flac (downloaded from this site) of Beyond Fear - Scream Machine and post the spectrum. I was curious as the already posted spectrum used stereo so wasn't using --alt-preset insane (subsequently re-mapped to --preset insane, and then to -b 320). This preset does use joint stereo, but not the regular one. It uses --nssafejoint (as do all the abx tested presets, I think). It also uses a --lowpass of 20500, but who can hear above that anyway. You could increase the --lowpass but that would likely impact quality.

    Anyway here's the spectrum, https://imgur.com/qGHMzjZ
    Encoded using lame 3.100 -b 320 (same as --alt-preset insane, --preset insane)

    There's also a VBR mode that doesn't use a --lowpass (or uses a higher one), that's -V 0 (previously --alt-preset extreme, --preset extreme). It preserves some higher frequencies but less overall content in the upper frequencies, or looks like it.
    Here's that spectrum, https://imgur.com/dQfmRGy

    BTW, I'm not trying to say mp3 is better than aac. I'm pretty sure these two settings would sound the same as the flac, though...'Cause of the high bitrates.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We're still waiting for that spectrum, kind sir. For the record, we did not use any filters on both AAC or MP3. That's the thing, you don't have to use filters for AAC. Honestly, our encoder has none. There are no options for such filters, at all. You have many options for the MP3 encoder and the spectrum still looks butchered compared to the original FLAC and the AAC file. We don't use "joint stereo" for the simple reason that all of our music and recordings from our library are in "Stereo"

      Here's what our AAC encoder and it's settings look look like.
      https://imgur.com/iLr3hpt

      Here's how fre:ac was setup to encode in MP3
      https://imgur.com/uDFdJjJ

      Hee's another example of the 3 conversions, this time we'll use "More Human Than Human" by White Zombie. This is the original

      - Flac File (16 bits, 44.100 kHz, Stereo, 2 channels)
      https://imgur.com/WmJrwdU

      Here's the AAC conversion using the setting in the previous screenshot (no filters) and on average, this is what we get.

      - AAC (256 kbps, 44.100 kHz, Stereo, 2 channels, CBR)
      https://imgur.com/kWLH8mO

      Now here is the MP3 conversion with the preset of VBR -V.0 at 320 kbps as mentioned above in your screenshot

      - MP3 (VBR - V.0, 320 kbps, 44.100 kHz, Stereo, 2 channels)
      https://imgur.com/nb0oC1M

      Now even with this preset, the AAC with no filters still looks cleaner and resembles the FLAC file more so than the MP3 file at a lower bitrate of 256 kbps. This is what AAC is designed to do. Achieve better sound at the same and at lower bitrates than the MP3. On average, it performs better than the MP3 ever could. This is why we chose it. Performance and quality at a smaller bitrate and file size, on average basis.

      Delete
  15. AnonymousJuly 11, 2019

    I'm not the person that wrote the posts dated Jan 03, 2019, that questioned the legitimacy of the posted mp3 spectrum.

    Also, I completely agree that aac is the better codec.


    I was just posting two more spectrums of mp3s using lame and a couple of the preset switches that the lame developers along with others had created. They were not supposed to, nor expected to, have better spectrums than the aac one.

    I guess they didn't come out in my post? In case, I'll try again. I'm not really an imgur user, so sorry if they're not working.

    -b 320
    https://imgur.com/qGHMzjZ

    -V 0
    https://imgur.com/dQfmRGy


    I do believe, though, that they would produce an mp3 that would be highly unlikely to be distinguished from the flac in an abx test. They would sound the same to most people. Not everyone, but most. The spectrums tell us a lot about the codec, but not all of that is audible to everyone.

    The two presets I mentioned, the others I didn't, the switches they use/set (--nspsycho, --athtype, --nssafejoint, --lowpass, etc), and the internal lame code were all highly tuned through rigorous abx testing over a number of years. The goal being audible transparency to the original source (more so for the two presets I mentioned, I guess, or at least the higher bitrate ones). Things like compression artifacts and yes, stereo imaging (with nssafejoint vs regular joint stereo), etc etc were all worked on. Overriding the presets with different switches likely impacts overall quality. You'll see when you compare the original mp3 spectrum with the two I posted that they contain a little bit more information above 16 kHz. The lowpass activated by the preset in one of mine eliminates most above 20500, but the point is to show a visable difference between them. Of course the larger point is whether or not there's an audible difference. I may be 40-something, but my ears are probably 60-something! I doubt I'd hear any difference. Ha ha ha!

    If one day you find yourself relaxing and looking for something to pass the time, perhaps trying an abx test for yourself would be of interest. You never know, perhaps you'd be suprised, perhaps not. Couldn't hurt to try though.


    And once again, Thanks for the great site!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I understood and by the way, I didn't mean to imply that you were the original poster. I meant that I was still waiting for the original poster to upload the spectrum images which he/she never did. The AAC codec also saved us a tremendous amount of time since we didn't have to configure anything other then selecting the target bitrate. It is ready to go right out of the box.

      It's very true that we can't hear past certain decibels but the fact that we can get such a good result on a lower bitrate and at smaller file sizes is peace of mind for those who chose to download the AAC files. The audio quality is also another reason but lower bitrates and smaller file sizes prevails. We all used MP3 before making the switch to AAC. We just figured that it was time to upgrade given the simple interface, encoding speed and constant clean results when converting FLAC to AAC.

      It's all about the presentation. There's MP3 files all over the net but fewer sites offer AAC and the audience for this format is larger than we expected. We wanted everyone to see the results and also verify/conduct there own conversion tets which they have. Cheers.

      Delete
    2. AnonymousJuly 11, 2019

      I need to correct myself...

      I typed --nspsycho, I meant to type --nspsytune. Jumbled it up with psychoacoustic model while I was trying to remember its name. LOL

      Delete
    3. No worries. Thank you for your spectrum images and for your comments.

      Delete
  16. Are your sources for FLAC/AAC the original CDs or a master source with higher quality, like SACD or DVD audio? I looked and couldn't find that information, apologize if I missed it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That information is available in this very section as well as in all of the posts on this website. We don't do DVD audio or SACD, 24 bit audio or Vinyl rips. Unless specified within the post and or title, we only publish first pressings. As such, these are standard CD rips. Photographs of our sources are also available for specific posts as well, usually if a CD is not present within the Accurip database.

      Screenshots:

      - CD bit rates.
      . https://imgur.com/c5DexTG
      . https://imgur.com/gEXKCKj

      - Audio sources
      . https://imgur.com/tOBFV19
      . https://imgur.com/KgJUsSI

      - Post information
      . https://imgur.com/naulYeQ

      Delete