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Aqualung 0.9 Beta 8


Aqualung 0.9 Beta 8

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User Review: 10 (1 times)
File size: 6.20 MB
Platform: Windows All
License: GPL
Downloads: 852
Date added: 2007-07-09
Publisher: Tom Szilagyi

Aqualung 0.9 Beta 8 description

Aqualung is an advanced music player with a lot of interesting features Aqualung is an advanced music player originally targeted at the GNU/Linux operating system, also running on FreeBSD and Microsoft Windows. It plays audio CDs, streams and files from your filesystem and has the feature of inserting no gaps between adjacent tracks.
Pick a song that you know really well, something thats in your bones like Siberian Khatru. Grab it from CD using cdparanoia to have it as a WAV file. Now open your favourite wave editor and slice the file up into multiple consecutive sections. Be careful not to insert silence, delete samples or alter any sample data.
Save the slices to separate files. Now convert the sample rate of some pieces to random values (the example program shipped with the libsamplerate library will let you do this in very good quality).
Pick some pieces and convert them to Ogg Vorbis format. Pick some others and encode them to FLAC. Pick a few and convert them to mono. Now open up the playlist editor of the music player in question and add the files in order. Now push play and just listen.
You are probably nodding your head, but todays popular music player software: Winamp, XMMS, FreeAmp, Zinf and AlsaPlayer all fail this test. These programs are completely unusable to the serious listener because they fail to provide one humble feature: the ability to play back a list of consecutive audio files without terrible gaps in between tracks.
In addition to all this, Aqualung comes with a Music Store that is an XML-based music database, capable of storing various metadata about music on your computer (including, but not limited to, the names of artists, and the titles of records and tracks).
You can (and should) organize your music into a tree of Artists/Records/Tracks, thereby making life easier than with the all-in-one Winamp/XMMS playlist. Importing file metadata (ID3v1 , ID3v2 tags, Ogg Xiph comments, APE metadata) into the Music Store as well as getting track names from a CDDB/FreeDB database is supported.
Main features:
- Audio CDs can be played back and ripped to the Music Store with on-the-fly conversion to WAV, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis or CBR/VBR MP3 (gapless via LAME). Seamless tagging of the created files is offered as part of the process.
- Internet radio stations streaming Ogg Vorbis or MP3 are supported.
- Almost all sample-based, uncompressed formats (e.g. WAV, AIFF, AU etc.) are supported. For the full list of these formats, visit the libsndfile homepage.
- Files encoded with FLAC (the Free Lossless Audio Codec) are supported.
- Ogg Vorbis and Ogg Speex audio files are supported.
- MPEG Audio files are supported. This includes MPEG 1-2-2.5, Layer I-II-III encoded audio, including the infamous MPEG-1 Layer III format also known as MP3. libMAD (which Aqualung uses) provides noticeably higher quality output than mpg123 (which XMMS relies upon). For tracks containing the appropriate LAME headers, the MPEG encoder delay and padding is eliminated by Aqualung, resulting in truly gapless playback. Aqualung also supports VBR (variable bitrate) and UBR (unspecified bitrate) MPEG files.
- MOD audio files (MOD, S3M, XM, IT, etc.) are supported via the libmodplug library. This provides higher quality than MikMod (used by XMMS as the default MOD decoder) and much higher quality than Winamp.
- Musepack (a.k.a. MPEG Plus) files are supported.
- Files encoded with Monkeys Audio Codec are supported.
- WavPack files are supported.
- Numerous formats and codecs are supported via the FFmpeg project, including AC3, AAC, WMA, WavPack and the soundtrack of many video formats.
- Naturally, any of these files can be mono or stereo.
- OSS driver support
- ALSA driver support
- JACK Audio Server support
- Win32 Sound API (available only under native Win32 or Cygwin)
- Continuous, gap-free playback of consecutive tracks. Your ears get exactly what is in the files – no silence inserted in between.
- Ability to convert sample rates between the input file and the output device, from downsampling by a factor of 12 to upsampling by the same factor. The best converter provides a signal-to-noise ratio of 97dB with -3dB passband extending from DC to 96% of the theoretical best bandwidth for a given pair of input and output sample rates.
- LADSPA plugin support
- Playlist tabs allow you to have multiple playlists for your music at the same time, very similarly to multiple tabbed browsing in Firefox.
- Internally working volume and balance controls (not touching the soundcard mixer).
- Support for multiple skins; changing them is possible at any time.
- Support for random seeking during playback.
- Track repeat, List repeat and Shuffle mode (besides normal playback). In track repeat mode the looping range is adjustable.
- Ability to display and edit Ogg Xiph comments, ID3v1, ID3v2 and APE tags found in files that support them.
- All windows are sizable. You can stretch the main window horizontally for more accurate seeking.
- You can control any running instance of the program remotely from the command line (start, stop, pause etc.). Remote loading or enqueueing soundfiles as well as complete playlists is also supported.
- State persistence via XML config files. Aqualung will come up in the same state as it was when you closed it, including playback modes, volume and balance settings, currently processing LADSPA plugins, window sizes, positions and visibility, and other miscellaneous options.

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