[Icecast] Fwd: Random "fast forward" noise between tracks

josh at thepruitts.org josh at thepruitts.org
Mon May 9 23:18:49 UTC 2011

On 05/09/2011 01:28 PM, Geoff Shang wrote:
> On Sun, 8 May 2011, josh at thepruitts.org wrote:
>> Foobar2000 is running on a Windows XP PC.   It has the Oddcast plugin
>> and it is streaming to a Linux machine that is running Icecast Server
>> 2.3.2.  Foobar2000 is using the Crossfade, Compressor and Advanced
>> Limiter DSP plugins on top of the edCast plugin.
> Just checking -- are these plugins *before* Edcast in the chain of
> plugins?  If they're not, they won't have any effect.
They are all before Edcast.
>> Seemingly at random, in between tracks, there is a "fast forward" noise
>> like a tape being played on fast forward.  It sounds like the next track
>> is being played at about ten times normal speed, then the next track
>> after that plays normally.
> Does it sound like this in yoru player or only on the stream?

I'm not certain, there's no sound output device on the client machine.  
DSP is set to null output.

>> Has anyone heard of this problem?
> It sounds like the MP3 data is being sent straight through to Icecast
> without being reencoded, which is of course not what you want.  This
> should only happen ifthere are files with differing sample rates or
> possibly different bitrates.  MP3 isn't really intended to deal with this.
> But as I say, it should be being reencoded after it goes through your
> other plugins.

I have identified the problem.

It is caused by the crossfade plugin in Foobar2000.  When it tries to 
crossfade two MP3's of different bit rates it uses the bit rate of the 
file that is fading out, regardless of the bit rate of the file that is 
fading in.

Thanks for your help, Geoff.

> I'm not very familiar with Foobar 2000 so can't comment on the specifics
> of your setup.  Maybe someone else can.
> Geoff.
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