May 30, 2022

Joseito Mateo con Ramon Garcia
y su Conjunto Cibao – Merengues
Ansonia ALP 1357

Hello our global visitors, I woke up this morning with
an urge to listen to some merengue. It’s been a while
since we had the real Dominican sound. One of my all
time favourites in the field is absolutely the great
Joseito Mateo. Every album with Joseito is a treat, on
this one he is accompnied by Ramon Garcia y su
Conjunto Cibao. Twelve songs that will
make you move across the room ..

I received message saying my Mp3’s are false and no 320 kbps.
Winamp (which I use) is supposed to be lying about the bitrate.
Can anyone confirm this ? .. Or maybe deny it .. ?
How do you think about Foobar 2000 ?

Môge globale bezoekers, ik werd wakker met de behoefte
naar merengue te luisteren vandaag. Het is al weer even
geleden dat we het echte Dominicaanse spul hadden. Éen
van m’n top favorieten op dat gebied is absoluut de
geweldige Joseito Mateo. Elk album met Joseito is verwen-
nerij. Op deze plaat wordt hij vergezeld door Ramon Garcia
y su Conjunto Cibao. Twaalf nummers die je de
hele kamer door doen dansen ..

Ik kreeg bericht dat mijn Mp3’s vals zijn en geen 320 kbps.
Wimamp (wat ik al jaren gebruik) zou liegen over de bitrate.
Kan iemand dit bevestigen ? .. of misschien ontkennen ?
Wat vind je van Foobar 2000 ?

Wiki Español
The King of Merengue dies at 98

Yo Soy merenguero Hasta la Tambora 1979
El Verdadero Rey del Merengue
Pa’ Lante y Pa’ Trás

01 – La cerradura
02 – No me menee la mata
03 – Dejate apretar
04 – Tiene agarradera
05 – Ahora que estoy sabroso
06 – A darse vidita
07 – Gallito pinto
08 – Ahora si hay melao
09 – Un cibaeño a nueva york
10 – Con el pico prendido
11 – Quirikichi
12 – La cotorrita


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  1. Bonnie 30 May 2022 at 11:12 - Reply

    Thanks for the music as always

    Foobar is very good, but I’m not very familiar with the ins and outs of bitrates so can’t comment.

  2. Henry 30 May 2022 at 11:59 - Reply

    Hi Moos,
    Happy to report that your mp3s are definitely 320k. The only way they could be improved would be to encode with full stereo, not use joint stereo.


  3. john farley 31 May 2022 at 00:11 - Reply

    Moos, hello. Thanks for the music again. They look like 320K to me. I use Winamp for my default player if I want to play a random track but use Foobar for playing ‘albums’. I use Foobar for ripping CDs because I can use freedb & MusicBrainz to get CD tracklists. I have used Cdex in the past for CD ripping but use it for converting files across different formats now. I use Mp3tag for adding tags. I also use ClickRepair for removing pops/clicks from wav vinyl rips. Too much info, eh? John

  4. anon 31 May 2022 at 00:17 - Reply

    VLC, which I trust to be technically accurate, shows a recent track as variable bitrate (goes up and down a little over each track) averaging 320kbps. It could be the variable part which means it reports as lower in some people’s software?

    I use foobar2000 as it is quite flexible to how you store and tag your files. It is also quite good for tagging. Though installing all the plugins you need to make it usable is a bit of a steep curve at the start and you basically get into to scripting for bits and pieces. I’d recommend finding someone else’s setup with instructions as a starting point.

  5. sulingman 31 May 2022 at 01:36 - Reply

    I consistently see your files as 319 and they definitely sound good to me.

  6. Moos 31 May 2022 at 06:36 - Reply

    Thank you so much guys, your information
    is very helpful. There’s some work for me
    to do, but for now I’m still good with Winamp ..

  7. Pete 31 May 2022 at 09:07 - Reply

    Hey Moos, thanks for sharing. And yes, I can agree that your bitrate is not as stated. It would be great if you could find a way to provide flac lossless files in the near future. Thanks in advance. All the best, Pete

  8. Arjen 31 May 2022 at 12:53 - Reply

    Hi Moos, your files have a CBR of 319 kbps, which stands out between other files that have a CBR usually of 320. To determine the real bitrate of an mp3 file one should use “FakinTheFunk” software, which is downloadable from the net but it has to be paid for apart from a free trial period of I thought two weeks, to try it. Other programs like Spek and Foobar 2000 do show the bitrate of the encoding, but that encoding might have been falsified. Then one can see in the frequencies diagram that although bitrate determination says for instance 320, this is false because the high frequencies are missing.

  9. Sam 31 May 2022 at 21:25 - Reply

    As usual, the GG standard: 319 kbs. Thanks for Los Corraleros. BTW, check out Holland Tunnel for some nice Lucho Bermudez.

  10. E 1 June 2022 at 18:37 - Reply

    I thought fubar was just a bad movie (showing my age). . I’m more than happy with the posts and they all sound fine over the phone with headphones. The music is excellent

  11. Anonymous 2 June 2022 at 05:12 - Reply

    Hi Moos,

    Whoever wants lossless should buy the LPs, or buy flac files on Qobuz, or 7Digital if available (like some of us do). People are getting rare music for free and still aren’t satisfied. Please don’t do anything else, this is probably a ploy to get you to provide lossless files to the ungrateful.



    • Moos 2 June 2022 at 07:15 - Reply

      Thanks Alexsam, I must say the quality of my rips is good
      enough for me either. No plans to change. However, Winamp
      is causing me some problems, the library doesn’t load anymore
      and makes it crash. I’m afraid I’ll have to arrange other
      software at a certain point. Research was necessary on that
      issue. No reason to go to lossless .. ;-)

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