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Originally Posted by tomscy2000 View Post

 

It's fairly well documented that the developer for Foobar is a bit wonky and doesn't care for the 'bit-perfect' craze --- that's why all that support is done through third-party components. However, I still use it because it has the only interface that isn't absolutely awful.

Interesting. Because I do hear a difference between the plug ins, with Media Monkey being better in separation. It is also utilizing the driver CEntrance provided with asio in bit for bit playback. I don't feel Foobar is entirely doing this... I guess I'll just stick with Media Monkey then. I don't have any problems using Media Monkey anyways. I do find WASAPI to be warmer than ASIO. Funny how people say there is no difference yet I clearly hear one :P

 

The sound stage is wider though on Foobar while Media Monkey is more upfront and intimate. All these subtle differences (yet very apparent) are quite funny lol. In a sense I guess I can't complain because this offers versatility and different sound signatures without having to use EQ.


Edited by lee730 - 5/7/12 at 1:24am
post #6062 of 15119
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Originally Posted by Coq de Combat View Post

Time to tie up this loose end.

 

I've been deliberately holding this one up, because actually, I'd be interested to know the result. To be more precise, I wouldn't want to see The Matrix with that particular soundtrack, but perhaps a bloodier, more gory kind of thriller movie with this soundtrack. Something along the lines of Silence of the Lambs, Cape Fear, and so on. I think it would add an extra dimension/layer to the movie, resulting in a more "frightening" experience.

 

I would hope it would be sublime like this. Both of these are very NSFW. The first clip needs little introduction, but the second is an interrogation / torture scene and by far my favourite use of this piece of music in a film thus far.

 

 

Again, I warn you that the following clip is NSFW and additionally quite graphic.

 

 

Warning: NSFW / Graphic! (Click to show)

 

 

 

But actually, you intrigue me in regards to Chopin. I might see what I can do with some video editing. But I'm sure I would have seen more than a few movies with such themes.


Edited by a_recording - 5/7/12 at 1:23am
post #6063 of 15119
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Originally Posted by a_recording View Post

 

I would hope it would be sublime like this. Both of these are very NSFW. The first clip needs little introduction, but the second is an interrogation / torture scene and by far my favourite use of this piece of music in a film thus far.

 

 

 

Again, I warn you that the following clip is NSFW and additionally quite graphic.

 

 

 

But actually, you intrigue me in regards to Chopin. I might see what I can do with some video editing. But I'm sure I would have seen more than a few movies with such themes.

Oldboy is a great movie IMO.

 

Also, let's not forget the classic: A Clockwork Orange. It had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Van...

 

Edit: Also, I found it funny that I know nothing about that anime (actually, I haven't seen a lot of animes) but I do know Oldboy.


Edited by Coq de Combat - 5/7/12 at 1:43am
post #6064 of 15119

If you run ASIO and have the exclusive mode ticked (somewhere in the settings), it should lock up the playback volume. It does that on my comp at least. 

 

I have since switched to Jriver Media Center. All around a better player than Media Monkey. Much better file format support, especially .dts, .ac3, etc. Faster startup time. Faster file imports. 

 

ASIO on Media Monkey can be buggy at times. Meanwhile Jriver has not given me much problem. Downside is it cost about $50 for the player. What I like to do is to use USB output when playing music on the Jriver. Then for the rest of the softwares, I use the coaxial output, so I can swap between headphones and speakers easily.


Edited by koonhua90 - 5/7/12 at 1:56am
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Interesting have you tried using the updated Media Monkey? I don't find it to be buggy at all. Start up times are very fast. Not sure if it's due to my SSD drive though. Also playlist management is very easy and I'm able to make an archive of my playlists so I never have to go through the ordeal of organizing my library for my Portable devices again. Just back it up and be done with it :).

 

In Foobar there doesn't seem to be a means to give exclusive rights to Asio. I did read the authors sentiments regarding it so I'll just bypass his program. It's ok but not that great TBH. I do have the Gold version of Media Monkey, not sure if that could be a reason for the difference?
 


Edited by lee730 - 5/7/12 at 2:05am
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At its best Media Monkey is not as good as the Jriver, I was always using the most up-to-date version. I didn't believe this until I tried the free trial version of it (30 days), then I ended up importing all my music into Jriver. I don't really have a playlist, since I either shuffle my whole collection or just play an album. biggrin.gif

 

I would love to get SSDs, but I don't feel like going through the pain of reinstalling my OS onto the SSD. 

 

The exclusive mode on Media Monkey has a bit of problems when I was still using it two months ago. It wasn't a true exclusive mode per say, which means sometimes it work, and there are times it will fail. ASIO support on Jriver is better.

 

I just compared the startup time of the two, Media Monkey -> 5-6s, Jriver -> 2-3s. Considering the fact that Jriver supports .dts, .ac3, I much prefer Jriver. For me personally, problem with MM is that even if I choose WASAPI output, it doesn't output it there all the time, sometimes it goes to the coaxial output. So when I select the input to be USB on my DAC, I would have situations where most songs plays properly, then a few songs will go through coaxial and not USB, so I have few minutes of silence for no reason.

post #6067 of 15119
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Originally Posted by gelocks View Post

Thing is that on games that have different endings you USUALLY have more interaction with the world and more than a couple of decisions based on questions at the end of a level in order to get 'X' ending... (ugh!!). Also, Vincent as a person would not be believable... I've known a few insecure, dumb, jocks, etc. types that would not for a second make the right decisions regarding their relationship. And that's what bothered me the most. On the "on-rails" story, YOU JUST GET TO WATCH HOW VINCENT MESSES UP!!! You don't have any say. And since he made so DUMB decisions (such as staying quiet instead of screaming Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
DAMMIT, I HAVE A GIRLFRIEND BLA BLA BLA
) he just stood there like a dumb-ass...

Again, one of the worst characters ever... (IMO).

A better "interactive movie" with better characters (not by much though) and better settings, etc. Heavy Rain...
Simple gameplay, not nearly as challenging as the puzzles in Catherine BUT great game. Different decisions, different reactions == different endings. That's an interactive story DONE RIGHT!

 

 

Let's clear up a few points here.

 

Why does Vincent "fall in love with Catherine" when he already loves Katherine? He doesn't. Not necessarily. Sleeping with someone is NOT one in the same as loving them. When he's bedding Catherine, he still loves Katherine early on in the game. Part of his inaction is predictable: a certain extent of Vincent's inaction by day is Japanese commentary on "the male psyche" so to speak. However you should also keep in mind that Catherine isn't who she says she is. She's a plot device at first, and while I wont spoil it, there is a very definite reason why Vincent just "goes along with it" for most of the game. Catherine has a power over him. Figuratively AND literally.

 

However! You DO get to choose many factors of how this plays out, and while it may seem insignificant on one level, those decisions are actually enormous on another level entirely. Only toward the end of the game when the "plot" is revealed do you get to start deciding things for yourself overtly, even though you have actually been deciding these things subtly all along in the form of whether you accept guilt for your actions or rationalize it away. We don't always get control over the happenings in our life, but we do have control over how we respond to those happenings, and THAT is what the first 3/4th of Catherine is about. The puzzle towers you climb are meant to represent your "ascent to adulthood" so to speak. The passage of age is represented there, and what sort of person you are becoming is shown in how you answer the questions you're asked.

 

Only at the end point in the game does Vincent have the emotional maturity to see through Duzumid's plot and finally start deciding which direction to take his life. Early he was paralyzed by indecision. When he thought he had finally decided for himself what he wanted, he had to learn the painful lesson that, when it comes to decisions involving others, we sometimes don't get what we want. Plus there were still loose ends. He was still being "played" so to speak. By the end of the game you get to make some pretty lofty decisions which affect the rest of Vincent's life: do you choose the excitement of chaos, or the security of stability? Or neither?

post #6068 of 15119
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Originally Posted by Coq de Combat View Post

Oldboy is a great movie IMO.
 

 

If you haven't seen the other films in the loose "revenge trilogy," I recommend doing so.

 

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

Oldboy

Lady Vengeance

post #6069 of 15119
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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

 

If you haven't seen the other films in the loose "revenge trilogy," I recommend doing so.

 

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

Oldboy

Lady Vengeance

 

I am a huge fan of Chan Wook Park. Started when randomly Oldboy was on television and I wondered what movie it was and why hadn't I heard about it. I've watched almost all his works by now :3 JSA is also a great film. 

 

In terms of Korean cinema I also really recommend Joon-ho Bong's "Mother" and "Memories of Murder".

 

I like how Korean cinema seems to be a relatively small universe where the same familiar faces keep popping up in different roles. 

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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

 

If you haven't seen the other films in the loose "revenge trilogy," I recommend doing so.

 

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

Oldboy

Lady Vengeance

I definitely need to watch them all soon. I believe I've seen 2/3 of them, however, it was so long ago that I have forgotten almost everything about them. Thanks for reminding me; it was one of those long term projects I once set up but failed to fulfill/complete.

post #6071 of 15119
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At its best Media Monkey is not as good as the Jriver, I was always using the most up-to-date version. I didn't believe this until I tried the free trial version of it (30 days), then I ended up importing all my music into Jriver. I don't really have a playlist, since I either shuffle my whole collection or just play an album. biggrin.gif

 

I would love to get SSDs, but I don't feel like going through the pain of reinstalling my OS onto the SSD. 

 

The exclusive mode on Media Monkey has a bit of problems when I was still using it two months ago. It wasn't a true exclusive mode per say, which means sometimes it work, and there are times it will fail. ASIO support on Jriver is better.

 

I just compared the startup time of the two, Media Monkey -> 5-6s, Jriver -> 2-3s. Considering the fact that Jriver supports .dts, .ac3, I much prefer Jriver. For me personally, problem with MM is that even if I choose WASAPI output, it doesn't output it there all the time, sometimes it goes to the coaxial output. So when I select the input to be USB on my DAC, I would have situations where most songs plays properly, then a few songs will go through coaxial and not USB, so I have few minutes of silence for no reason.


Hmm. Funny how we all have different experiences with different gear lol. I never had that issue with it cutting out on me before :P. What I like about it is it works as it should. I have no access to volume control so I know its using native bit for bit playback.

post #6072 of 15119
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Hmm. Funny how we all have different experiences with different gear lol. I never had that issue with it cutting out on me before :P. What I like about it is it works as it should. I have no access to volume control so I know its using native bit for bit playback.

 

It's not cutting out, but the point is Media Monkey doesn't have proper support for some of the file formats, and to be exact it was .dts and .ac3 for me. Try out the Jriver trial version and see how you think of it.

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Will do
 

post #6074 of 15119
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If you're a fan of Korean film, I strongly urge you to check out the works of Lee Chang-dong. Secret Sunshine is available on Criterion now, but the one you should really look for is Poetry. I think Kino has an edition out of the latter.

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If you're a fan of Korean film, I strongly urge you to check out the works of Lee Chang-dong. Secret Sunshine is available on Criterion now, but the one you should really look for is Poetry. I think Kino has an edition out of the latter.

 

Hmm okay. I'll do some digging.

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