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Last week, I had visitors from Europe stay at my home, to explore Vancouver, Victoria, and the BC coast. Canada now allows people from Europe to visit here if they have 2 Covid vaccine shots and test negative for Covid when they arrive 

I was excited to hear about his Linn Komris with his new NGKSH and Organik upgrades to his Klimax Exaktboxes. The best description he had of how his new upgraded system sounded, was that all he was hearing with his new Linn upgrades was the music, just the music. The upgrade was worth every penny.

We had a great time exploring the Vancouver area by bicycle, walking, car and boat when the weather cooperated, but one day, it was just too wet to go out.

‘The day was well spent as it turns out, because he is an IT expert, and I had a big project I have wanted to do for a long time, but could never figure out how to do it.

I have a significant collection of 5.1 SACD discs, and tried following the instructions posted on HiFi Heaven, using my old OPPO 105 to rip my SACD collection in 5.1. Alas, to no avail. The computer and the OPPO would not talk to each other, even though I input the IP address found on Fing, and loaded the USP stick with the recommended software to reboot the OPPO to start the ripping process.

‘It turns out that the IP address in Fing was not correct, and the software would not start the process using the more user friendly interface. That is until he went into the terminal on my Mac, and typed in command line codes that could start the process manually for each album I want to rip.

‘I am happy to report that I have now successfully ripped many 5.1 SACD’s which I can load and stream from my NAS, through my OPPO 203 as a PCM stream to my Akurate Hub.

‘I am absolutely over the moon about this, as I can stream my 5.1 music, without having to manually load the actual discs into the OPPO for each time I want to play an album. Sound quality is stellar, as well, ripped as a DSF file. The only downside is the amount of storage required for each album. When the ripping is complete, I run it through Song Kong to check the meta-data and add the album art, and then the music finds its way onto my NAS.

Thank you to Newton John for helping me find the instructions and download software for the ripping process, and thank you to Fschmeiss for traveling all this way, and getting my computer and OPPO to work together for ripping my SACD’s in multichannel. 

This is one of the greatest gifts I have received, and I am delighted I can enjoy my music.

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Hi Paulssurround,

it was a great pleasure to stay at your home, my wife and I felt like being at home and at a very good friend at the same time. We enjoyed your service as a tour guide very much - Vancouver down town, Stanley Park, harbour, the boat tour, ... really very worthwhile to visit!

22 hours ago, Paulssurround said:

but one day, it was just too wet to go out.

22 hours ago, Paulssurround said:

That is until he went into the terminal on my Mac, and typed in command line codes that could start the process manually for each album I want to rip.

In deed, it was a combination of a very wet day (in Germany we say: we don't send our dogs in front of our house) and some UNIX experience more than 20 years ago ... I am very happy that I could help you to rip your 5.1 SACDs ... hopefully your girl friend isn't too angry with us as you are now ripping CDs around the clock ;-)

For me it was also a relevation to hear 5.1: Music all around was at the beginning to some extend "unusual", but once we got used to it, it was a very special experience: Close your ears and you feel like being in the middle of the musicians. In particular if you hear 5.1 via such a well balanced and perfectly tuned system like you own it! And the 5.1 movie was outstanding ...

22 hours ago, Paulssurround said:

The only downside is the amount of storage required for each album.

As promised: We will put together a configuration to extend your storage to 24 TByte (keeping you NAS) and implement an 1-click-backup-solution to a second system (WD My DuBook) to be stored far away in case of a desaster ...

Thanks again for the outstanding hospitality - looking forward to welcome you sometimes again in good old Germany (for other reasons than travelling as a Space Commander through Europe).

Cheers, fschmeis

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Paul, Frank,

That's great to get help like that, as this is a lot of computer thing now… 5.1 should be exceptional!

When the NGKSH and Organik EB will arrive at home – mid 2023 or 2024 for the Olympics 😬 – in a still non connected at all system, I could be very happy to invite you in Paris 😊😇

Cheers to both of you, Chris

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10 hours ago, fschmeis said:

Hi Paulssurround,

it was a great pleasure to stay at your home, my wife and I felt like being at home and at a very good friend at the same time. We enjoyed your service as a tour guide very much - Vancouver down town, Stanley Park, harbour, the boat tour, ... really very worthwhile to visit!

In deed, it was a combination of a very wet day (in Germany we say: we don't send our dogs in front of our house) and some UNIX experience more than 20 years ago ... I am very happy that I could help you to rip your 5.1 SACDs ... hopefully your girl friend isn't too angry with us as you are now ripping CDs around the clock ;-)

For me it was also a relevation to hear 5.1: Music all around was at the beginning to some extend "unusual", but once we got used to it, it was a very special experience: Close your eyes and you feel like being in the middle of the musicians. In particular if you hear 5.1 via such a well balanced and perfectly tuned system like you own it! And the 5.1 movie was outstanding ...

As promised: We will put together a configuration to extend your storage to 24 TByte (keeping you NAS) and implement an 1-click-backup-solution to a second system (WD My DuBook) to be stored far away in case of a disaster ...

Thanks again for the outstanding hospitality - looking forward to welcome you sometimes again in good old Germany (for other reasons than travelling as a Space Commander through Europe).

Cheers, fschmeis

Thank you very very much Fschmeiss.

‘It has been a great visit with you and your lovely wife and I look forward to seeing you again in Vancouver next week

I am glad to get updates as you travel Vancouver island, the Sunshine Coast and Whistler, and know you are enjoying your trip immensely.

‘I can’t emphasize enough what it means to me to have such great company and now being able to rip my 5.1 discs

Safe trip around BC

My next visitor is inbound, landing here in about 3 hours.  😊

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7 hours ago, Chris 1970 said:

Paul, Frank,

That's great to get help like that, as this is a lot of computer thing now… 5.1 should be exceptional!

When the NGKSH and Organik EB will arrive at home – mid 2023 or 2024 for the Olympics 😬 – in a still non connected at all system, I could be very happy to invite you in Paris 😊😇

Cheers to both of you, Chris

Thank you Chris, I would love to revisit Paris, and have your expert tour guiding skills around the city

If you are ever coming out to Vancouver, please let me know. I would love to meet up and show you around

I do think you will enjoy 5.1 surround music

I hope you get system connected 😊🎶🎵

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9 minutes ago, Paulssurround said:

Thank you Chris, I would love to revisit Paris, and have your expert tour guiding skills around the city

If you are ever coming out to Vancouver, please let me know. I would love to meet up and show you around

I do think you will enjoy 5.1 surround music

I hope you get system connected 😊🎶🎵

Don't tempt me 😊

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Thanks to the slowing of COVID-19 and vaccines, I have finally been able to come out to visit Paul. As usual, he has tinkered and fiddled, and with a keen ear, has improved the sound quality of his system. I have been fortunate to hear his system pretty much every year or so, and know what has been accomplished. He has made many changes over the past two years, and one that stands out is the addition of Vicoustic bass traps and other wall treatments.  When I arrived, we had a very nice listening session: this is the first hearing of his Akudoriks as rear channel speakers [which, as is consistent in our ability to cause one another to spend money we don't have 😅, that I had put him on to]. Yet again, he has managed to find another level of sonic excellence for his system. Each recording exhibited great detail, fine rhythm and pace; a massive sound-stage is to be heard with deep, resonance in each note conveyed.

The next morning, Paul asked for help to finally switch the fuse in his Forrester F1 power supply for his Bonn 8 network switches. On his encouragement/advice, I too have an F1 and Bonn 8, and indeed they have made a valuable improvement to my system. Paul has two Bonn 8s, and hearing them, I will eventually add a second one to my system when I feel the need to upgrade. Anywho, Paul had discussed with me a few months ago the Synergistic Research Never Compromise SR.Quantum.Orange fuse he and our friend Al purchased to use in their F1s. Al switched his out immediately, and both he and Paul reported a significant positive difference. [More on Al's system later].

Let me preface further elucidation by saying that Paul had offered to purchase one for me at a nicely reduced price. They are $240CDN MRSP. I, of course, being of sound mind and body, immediately, but politely replied, "let me think about it; I may get one down the road some time": which is my polite Canadian way of saying, " Not an F# chance in hell am I paying that much money for a fuse that will likely make 0 difference to the SQ".

I helped Paul make the change, and.........WOW WOW WOW. To begin with, the bass went from being punched to being kicked--with two feet😳

There was, I would estimate, a 20% improvement on every aspect of the SQ: greater detail: a mellotron appeared in one of his test songs [a Steely Dan recording] that neither of us had heard before; voices in the Akudoriks sounded more refined, clearer and stronger: he had not increased the volume. During the testing, the volume had to be reduced to get the same volume we had been listening to before the fuse change. Everything had more depth and resonance. Wallace Stevens' line: "I do not know which to prefer, the beauty of inflections, or the beauty of innuendo; the blackbird whistling, or just after" came to mind as the notes, "just after" remained suspended in the air a tad longer than before. It was difficult for me to imagine that his system the night before could be improved much, if at all, and low, said improvement occurred with a dime sized fuse: who would have thunk? Needless to say, on my coercive "suggestion", Paul immediately called Vince to see if he had one in stock that I could purchase: fortunately one was available🥳🥳🤠

We spent the rest of the day visiting friends, who too have wonderful stereos.

First we visited Peter, PDW. If I lived in Vancouver, I would likely spend much time in his company [if he would have me]. His mercurial, erudite and artistic nature is concomitant with mine, as is our taste in music: classical, opera, etc. He has managed to set up his lovely Akudorik ExaKt system with a full spec Akurate LP12. He has added a sub-woofer [Linn Sizmik], as well as Vicoustic bass traps and diffusers, and his system sounds wonderful. I brought out a few LPs I still have in my dwindling collection for him. [As some of you know, I sold off my LP12 many years ago]. I managed to find a few pristine recordings to bring to him as a gift: included is Solti's Rheingold. Much to Paul's consternation, we put on the first act. Indeed it sounded sublimely beautiful. There was such a smooth conveyance of all. Indeed, I do miss the sound of the LP12 [analogue], however, selections and trade-offs had to be made.....🤔 Peter's system is one that would excite the ears of any music lover: cheers to him for the level he has brought his music listening to with the combination of SO2, room treatments, and the addition of the F1 & Bonn 8, etc.

We then went to visit Vince so I could purchase the SR.Quantum fuse. As a distributor, he has some wonderful kits on display and set up to hear. Before I get into the speaker I heard, the CUBE cross-over-less one drive units made in Poland, I must comment on the Silent Angel Munich M1 streamer. Coupled with the Forrester F1, it is a magnificent streamer: the sound quality is top shelf and, when compared to a $30K unit from Germany [crayon audio] , the M1 was so close in SQ, that it would be an easy selection to make. I plan on getting this unit for my son once he is in a place of his own, and not rooming with others. The CUBE speakers were an ear-opener: terrific top and bottom notes, super punch in the bass line, terrific separation and clarity: these would be at the top of my list for a two channel speaker without a doubt. Many thanks to Vince for his hospitality and making the fuse available to me.

We then visited Al, whose system I have heard over many years. He replaced last year his Linn 242s for PCM Fact8 Signature speakers. He has an Akurate DSM ExaKt system driven by two Linn Klimax Solos. He too has added some nice Vicoustic room treatments as well: they certainly make a solid improvement. He too has developed a most impressive sounding system that would be the envy of most music lovers. His passion, like Paul's, to maximize the SQ in his system is evident, and his hospitality is first-rate. I was fortunate to enjoy a great breakfast with him, as well as spend an afternoon walking through Pacific Spirit Forest yesterday on our way to sample some locally brewed IPAs.

Today, we visited Craig, Craigas. I used to see him back in Ontario, but he is now in Vancouver: it was so nice to see an old friend. On our way, we wandered by Kitsilano beach, Grandville market, and had lunch on the patio to enjoy this sunny, warm day.  Craig has been able to get his ExaKt Akudoriks with KDSM to sound magnificent given the very difficult space he must manage. His system has wonderful sound that is resonant and nicely detailed.

Most important to all of this is the dear friendship Paul and I share: we spend the days laughing and smack-talking one another. He makes me feel like I live here all the time: his hospitality is gracious and warm. We have been getting out for long walks, discussing everything and anything: all interjected with much mirth. As is always the case with close friends who live afar, one wishes the distance was not so much, nor so costly to traverse.

Many thanks to my dear partner Anju, who spent the day before I left baking peanut butter,  and almond cookies, along with almond flour dark chocolate brownies with pecans to help Paul in his efforts to resist everything but temptation.

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Thanks to the slowing of COVID-19 and vaccines, I have finally been able to come out to visit Paul. As usual, he has tinkered and fiddled, and with a keen ear, has improved the sound quality of his system. I have been fortunate to hear his system pretty much every year or so, and know what has been accomplished. He has made many changes over the past two years, and one that stands out is the addition of Vicoustic bass traps and other wall treatments.  When I arrived, we had a very nice listening session: this is the first hearing of his Akudoriks as rear channel speakers [which, as is consistent in our ability to cause one another to spend money we don't have 😅, that I had put him on to]. Yet again, he has managed to find another level of sonic excellence for his system. Each recording exhibited great detail, fine rhythm and pace; a massive sound-stage is to be heard with deep, resonance in each note conveyed.

The next morning, Paul asked for help to finally switch the fuse in his Forrester F1 power supply for his Bonn 8 network switches. On his encouragement/advice, I too have an F1 and Bonn 8, and indeed they have made a valuable improvement to my system. Paul has two Bonn 8s, and hearing them, I will eventually add a second one to my system when I feel the need to upgrade. Anywho, Paul had discussed with me a few months ago the Synergistic Research Never Compromise SR.Quantum.Orange fuse he and our friend Al purchased to use in their F1s. Al switched his out immediately, and both he and Paul reported a significant positive difference. [More on Al's system later].

Let me preface further elucidation by saying that Paul had offered to purchase one for me at a nicely reduced price. They are $240CDN MRSP. I, of course, being of sound mind and body, immediately, but politely replied, "let me think about it; I may get one down the road some time": which is my polite Canadian way of saying, " Not an F# chance in hell am I paying that much money for a fuse that will likely make 0 difference to the SQ".

I helped Paul make the change, and.........WOW WOW WOW. To begin with, the bass went from being punched to being kicked--with two feet😳

There was, I would estimate, a 20% improvement on every aspect of the SQ: greater detail: a mellotron appeared in one of his test songs [a Steely Dan recording] that neither of us had heard before; voices in the Akudoriks sounded more refined, clearer and stronger: he had not increased the volume. During the testing, the volume had to be reduced to get the same volume we had been listening to before the fuse change. Everything had more depth and resonance. Wallace Stevens' line: "I do not know which to prefer, the beauty of inflections, or the beauty of innuendo; the blackbird whistling, or just after" came to mind as the notes, "just after" remained suspended in the air a tad longer than before. It was difficult for me to imagine that his system the night before could be improved much, if at all, and low, said improvement occurred with a dime sized fuse: who would have thunk? Needless to say, on my coercive "suggestion", Paul immediately called Vince to see if he had one in stock that I could purchase: fortunately one was available🥳🥳🤠

We spent the rest of the day visiting friends, who too have wonderful stereos.

First we visited Peter, PDW. If I lived in Vancouver, I would likely spend much time in his company [if he would have me]. His mercurial, erudite and artistic nature is concomitant with mine, as is our taste in music: classical, opera, etc. He has managed to set up his lovely Akudorik ExaKt system with a full spec Akurate LP12. He has added a sub-woofer [Linn Sizmik], as well as Vicoustic bass traps and diffusers, and his system sounds wonderful. I brought out a few LPs I still have in my dwindling collection for him. [As some of you know, I sold off my LP12 many years ago]. I managed to find a few pristine recordings to bring to him as a gift: included is Solti's Rheingold. Much to Paul's consternation, we put on the first act. Indeed it sounded sublimely beautiful. There was such a smooth conveyance of all. Indeed, I do miss the sound of the LP12 [analogue], however, selections and trade-offs had to be made.....🤔 Peter's system is one that would excite the ears of any music lover: cheers to him for the level he has brought his music listening to with the combination of SO2, room treatments, and the addition of the F1 & Bonn 8, etc.

We then went to visit Vince so I could purchase the SR.Quantum fuse. As a distributor, he has some wonderful kits on display and set up to hear. Before I get into the speaker I heard, the CUBE cross-over-less one drive units made in Poland, I must comment on the Silent Angel Munich M1 streamer. Coupled with the Forrester F1, it is a magnificent streamer: the sound quality is top shelf and, when compared to a $30K unit from Germany [crayon audio] , the M1 was so close in SQ, that it would be an easy selection to make. I plan on getting this unit for my son once he is in a place of his own, and not rooming with others. The CUBE speakers were an ear-opener: terrific top and bottom notes, super punch in the bass line, terrific separation and clarity: these would be at the top of my list for a two channel speaker without a doubt. Many thanks to Vince for his hospitality and making the fuse available to me.

We then visited Al, whose system I have heard over many years. He replaced last year his Linn 242s for PCM Fact8 Signature speakers. He has an Akurate DSM ExaKt system driven by two Linn Klimax Solos. He too has added some nice Vicoustic room treatments as well: they certainly make a solid improvement. He too has developed a most impressive sounding system that would be the envy of most music lovers. His passion, like Paul's, to maximize the SQ in his system is evident, and his hospitality is first-rate. I was fortunate to enjoy a great breakfast with him, as well as spend an afternoon walking through Pacific Spirit Forest yesterday on our way to sample some locally brewed IPAs.

Today, we visited Craig, Craigas. I used to see him back in Ontario, but he is now in Vancouver: it was so nice to see an old friend. On our way, we wandered by Kitsilano beach, Grandville market, and had lunch on the patio to enjoy this sunny, warm day.  Craig has been able to get his ExaKt Akudoriks with KDSM to sound magnificent given the very difficult space he must manage. His system has wonderful sound that is resonant and nicely detailed.

Most important to all of this is the dear friendship Paul and I share: we spend the days laughing and smack-talking one another. He makes me feel like I live here all the time: his hospitality is gracious and warm. We have been getting out for long walks, discussing everything and anything: all interjected with much mirth. As is always the case with close friends who live afar, one wishes the distance was not so much, nor so costly to traverse.

Many thanks to my dear partner Anju, who spent the day before I left baking peanut butter,  and almond cookies, along with almond flour dark chocolate brownies with pecans to help Paul in his efforts to resist everything but temptation.

Wonderful write up Eldarboy. Thank you for your kindness and friendship 

I am delighted that you enjoyed listening to my Linn system and everyone else’s Linn system. I am surprised how many visits we have been able to fit into a few days, with many of my HiFi friends. Somehow, we have met with many  Linn owners here in the Vancouver area, with so many laughs and great talks about life, the universe and everything. The listening sessions have been a revelation, as everyone has made strides in improving their Linn system, since your last visit, and so happy to show you what they have done.

Even more important than the music from our stereos are the great friends we have all made from being part of this forum and visiting each other. It has been a great visit and sadly, you are flying back home tomorrow, already. 

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On 21/09/2021 at 07:58, Paulssurround said:

Last week, I had visitors from Europe stay at my home, to explore Vancouver, Victoria, and the BC coast. Canada now allows people from Europe to visit here if they have 2 Covid vaccine shots and test negative for Covid when they arrive 

I was excited to hear about his Linn Komris with his new NGKSH and Organik upgrades to his Klimax Exaktboxes. The best description he had of how his new upgraded system sounded, was that all he was hearing with his new Linn upgrades was the music, just the music. The upgrade was worth every penny.

We had a great time exploring the Vancouver area by bicycle, walking, car and boat when the weather cooperated, but one day, it was just too wet to go out.

‘The day was well spent as it turns out, because he is an IT expert, and I had a big project I have wanted to do for a long time, but could never figure out how to do it.

I have a significant collection of 5.1 SACD discs, and tried following the instructions posted on HiFi Heaven, using my old OPPO 105 to rip my SACD collection in 5.1. Alas, to no avail. The computer and the OPPO would not talk to each other, even though I input the IP address found on Fing, and loaded the USP stick with the recommended software to reboot the OPPO to start the ripping process.

‘It turns out that the IP address in Fing was not correct, and the software would not start the process using the more user friendly interface. That is until he went into the terminal on my Mac, and typed in command line codes that could start the process manually for each album I want to rip.

‘I am happy to report that I have now successfully ripped many 5.1 SACD’s which I can load and stream from my NAS, through my OPPO 203 as a PCM stream to my Akurate Hub.

‘I am absolutely over the moon about this, as I can stream my 5.1 music, without having to manually load the actual discs into the OPPO for each time I want to play an album. Sound quality is stellar, as well, ripped as a DSF file. The only downside is the amount of storage required for each album. When the ripping is complete, I run it through Song Kong to check the meta-data and add the album art, and then the music finds its way onto my NAS.

Thank you to Newton John for helping me find the instructions and download software for the ripping process, and thank you to Fschmeiss for traveling all this way, and getting my computer and OPPO to work together for ripping my SACD’s in multichannel. 

This is one of the greatest gifts I have received, and I am delighted I can enjoy my music.

Delighted to hear that Frank has fixed your SACD ripping issue. Also, it was a pleasure to meet him.

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I replaced the fuse in the Forrester F1 with the SRQUANTUM ORANGE one, just as Paul did. What a brilliant improvement to the SQ all around. There is more in every aspect.🥳🙌🏼🥳

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4 hours ago, Eldarboy said:

I replaced the fuse in the Forrester F1 with the SRQUANTUM ORANGE one, just as Paul did. What a brilliant improvement to the SQ all around. There is more in every aspect.🥳🙌🏼🥳

I was equally surprised what an improvement the new fuse made to my Linn system as well.

Glad it worked out well for you.

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On 27/09/2021 at 15:40, Newton John said:

Delighted to hear that Frank has fixed your SACD ripping issue. Also, it was a pleasure to meet him.

Yes, it was really great.

You both have Komris, so an instant bond and friendship.

I am looking forward to Frank and his wife’s return to my home on Thursday, for a couple days before they head back to Europe.

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It has been 3.5 weeks since Fschmeiss and his wife returned to Europe, and Eldarboy returned to his home

I have been busy ripping all my 5.1 SACD’s, and the process is now complete!!! 

I have had so much listening pleasure to the 5.1 recordings streamed through my OPPO to my Linn system, and am so grateful for his help to let me complete the process.

‘I am hearing new detail in familiar recordings and totally immersed in the music.

A special thanks to both Frank and to Eldarboy for their visits, as it has been extremely  enjoyable and memorable visits from both.

‘Time to move onto my next project….

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On 27/10/2021 at 08:03, Paulssurround said:

It has been 3.5 weeks since Fschmeiss and his wife returned to Europe, and Eldarboy returned to his home

I have been busy ripping all my 5.1 SACD’s, and the process is now complete!!! 

I have had so much listening pleasure to the 5.1 recordings streamed through my OPPO to my Linn system, and am so grateful for his help to let me complete the process.

‘I am hearing new detail in familiar recordings and totally immersed in the music.

A special thanks to both Frank and to Eldarboy for their visits, as it has been extremely  enjoyable and memorable visits from both.

‘Time to move onto my next project….

@Paulssurround

Great news!

I recall that we had an exchange about sacd ripping some time ago - unfortunately to no avail :|

Would you mind describing the "method", i.e. the software tools you are using and perhaps the workflow a bit more in detail?
I am sure that others, including myself xD, are very interested in this information.

Jens

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5 hours ago, JensA said:

@Paulssurround

Great news!

I recall that we had an exchange about sacd ripping some time ago - unfortunately to no avail :|

Would you mind describing the "method", i.e. the software tools you are using and perhaps the workflow a bit more in detail?
I am sure that others, including myself xD, are very interested in this information.

Jens

Thanks Jens,

I have a busy morning, but will try to post something later today.  😊

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