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  1. Just to check, but you have enabled Pro Buttons haven't you? I know it means tapping on a smallish icon, which is not as easy as using a swipe motion while driving, but at least the feature is available that way. Also, some head units support buttons on the car's steering column, and it is possible to use a double-tap on those to trigger next/previous category.

    However I do agree that up/down swiping for Next/Prev Category is a puzzling omission in Poweramp v3, given that it was a standard feature in v2. And this is especially true for longer tracks, where the new +/- 10-second seek buttons may have been configured to replace the category change buttons. At the moment, swipe down just does the same action as tapping (goes to Library view), and swipe up simply bounces the cover artwork a bit, both of which seem something of a wasted opportunity. Longer-term it would be a nice idea to offer some user-configurable options for up/down/left/right gestures, but for now category changing would seem to be a much more obvious choice. 

    Andre


  2. It does the same sort of thing.

    Replay Gain by default sets its maximum levels to somewhat lower than digital maximum (about -14dB lower than full-scale I seem to recall). This is to allow room for post-processing, EQ boosting, etc. If you don't plan to use those features, you can increase the gain somewhat to make your music louder than the RG default.

    Andre


  3. Did you remove the storage from your device at any point? That can cause the SD Card to be assigned a new root directory structure (new name). When you say you have done a full rescan, did you first check in Settings > Library > Music Folders to ensure that your music location is ticked, and then choose Settings > Library > FULL Rescan (not just regular Rescan).

    Andre


  4. Tidal is a subscription music provider, and rather like Spotify/etc uses its own audio processes.

    PA's new streaming facility is for publicly available radio and similar continuous streams (such as HLS or ShoutCast) which provide a public HTTP URL for their broadcast service.

    Andre


  5. Gain and Volume are effectively the same thing, basically they are a simpler and a more technical word for the same function. They both increase or decrease the overall amplitude of sound that you hear from the output device. They do not create and difference in treble/bass - although acoustically your ears will tend to register bass more easily when the sound levels are higher, so your comment about boosting bass if the final output levels are lower makes sense, although would be rather complex to implement.

    The difference within PA is that the 'gain' function we are discussing occurs before any other EQ processing ("pre-amp", so more like an input volume adjustment) whereas the device's main Volume control is post-processing and boosts or reduces the final mixed/processed sound.

    Pre-amp Gain is useful to increase any very low level input sources, or to reduce the level of any sources which are already close to digital maximum (and thus would otherwise leave no headroom for making major EQ band boosts without introducing clipping).

    But if you just want it loud, boosting both the Pre-amp Gain and the Output volume is like turning it up to 11. :) 

    Andre


  6. Could you post the tag info screens for the two tracks Mercy (Live) and Have It All (Live), as that first block of songs seem to be correctly in album order, but then it jumps and starts again. Just wondering if there is anything different in the tag encoding between the two which is causing the tracks to be treated as belonging to separate albums.

    Andre


  7. Odd, you should just be able to go back into that artist's list ( Library > Artists > artistname ) and use the three-dots menu icon to select Image, and just choose a new image from the list or your Gallery. This works whether or not there is any existing image selected, or if you have tapped 'no artwork' for that artist in the past.

    Oh, and @maxmp , could you tweak the wording within that Artist Image selection screen, as it still shows an option for "No album art" when it should say "No artist image". Thanks. 

    Andre


  8. 3 hours ago, Staddler said:

    At a first step it could be enough to automatically change the 'PreAmp' slider when volume level changes.

    Erm, and what would that achieve? 'Gain' and 'Volume' are basically the same thing, they  would just cancel each other out.

    Andre


  9. To be fair, Genre>Artist>Album sorting is already available, however the individual albums with each Genre are still laid out in a 'flat' list rather than having each Artist being available as a separate drill-down level. So yes, within any given Genre you can see all of your ABBA albums first, then ABC, Adele, After the Fire, Beatles, Bee Gees, etc. (Your artists may vary, I guess I'm not a teenager any more :) )

    While I know there are many areas for which people still have specific wishlist requests (and that will always be the case) I do suspect that as soon as Max introduces this particular thread's requested Genre>Artist>Album drill-down layering, someone will come along and say their life won't be complete until they have (for example) Genre>Artist>Year>Album sorting. :) Hence my suggestion that a fully user-customisable Category system would probably be a better long-term solution, rather than adding more and more specific Library Categories to the 20 or so that are already there. And in the meantime, you can always do what I do and use folders, where the only limit to your sorting control is your own imagination in designing your naming conventions.

    Perhaps comments like "I'm truly amazed and disappointed" about Poweramp " lacking these basic essential features" are maybe a bit churlish given that PA already has about 20 main Library Categories, each sortable using multiple methods (most offering at least six options, and sometimes with several layers too) and then sortable again at the songs level with around 15 options. Compare that to 'market leaders' such as Sonos, where their app has 6-7 basic categories and absolutely no user-settable sorting options at all (apart from local folder viewing, which allows filename or track/title sorting).

    Andre


  10. On 1/27/2020 at 9:38 PM, ChemicalRascal said:

    I'm still seeing this on v3-build-860-arm64-play, at least when running as a Time Limited Trial, when playing a gapless CUE FLAC.

    Can you check this with normal audio song files, not CUE-based 'virtual' songs, and in regular Category playback rather than playlists or the Queue?

    [Edit] Actually, I can replicate this in normal playback. With 'Repeat' set to 'Off' and Crossfade set to 15 seconds, when the final track of a folder/album/etc is playing, it stops 15 seconds from the end of the track. It ought to continue playing right to the end of the track, with no fade as there is nothing following it to fade into.

    Andre


  11. There is a FAQs list at the top of the forums list here, and you can also use in-app Help on most screens (Hamburger icon > Help) but there is no manual per se - rather like most phone apps to be honest.

    Is there something particular you are looking for?

    Andre


  12. I know Sonos/etc are generally closed ecosystems so it would be hard for Poweramp to play to each of them directly, but I wonder if it might be possible for PA to generate a simple ShoutCast-server style stream as one of its Output options? Or even in parallel to existing playback, so you could listen to both if CPU resources allow?

    That way, any device that has a ShoutCast listener client (as a lot of kit does these days) could simply connect to the IP address of your phone on your LAN to listen to bitstreamed music from Poweramp.

    Andre


  13. CD quality files will be 44.1kHz , but many devices actually output at 48kHz (DVD spec) anyway, so the issue of re-sampling kinda becomes moot.

    High res output does use perhaps a fraction more battery, but nothing you'd really notice.

    PA has no method to adjust to new file specs on the fly though - as that would potentially introduce noise at the switch point, and break some features like gapless playback and crossfading - so you really need to decide on your preferred mode and leave it set like that. Give it a try and see if you have hear any difference anyway; using high-res (especially 24/32 bit sampling) can apparently improve headroom for EQ and effects processing.

    Andre


  14. Just now, Froggyman said:

    Thank you. Do you know if there are plans for this functionnality in the future ? 

    Nothing that I'm aware of, but this is the Feature Requests topic so you never know. Some people have also requested animated GIF support, and I would expect both requests would fall into the same general area.

    Andre

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