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post #16 of 27

foobar for me easy to use, high Q and fast work 

post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by julian67 View Post

You can just use lame itself. It can read and convert from flac as well as wav so all you need is a binary of the latest lame.
Code:
lame myfile.flac

will produce myfile.mp3

If you don't want to use the command line then probably the next simplest thing is lamedrop http://www.rarewares.org/mp3-lamedrop.php

It is free and open source, uses latest lame and has a really simple interface.

I tried this lamedrop and it is very cool!  all you do is drag and drop, runs as an exe with no install directory.
I switched it to CBR 320, and quality to high.  Here's compared to the one converted by switch sound file converter on the left.  pretty much the same.  Cool!
 


Edited by 00birdy - 6/18/13 at 6:08pm
post #18 of 27
Any encoder should produce much the same size file at the same bitrate (there can be a small legitimate difference due to different headers and metadata). I notice your output files are on different drives, C and D. The same file can appear to be slightly differently sized on different types of file system. If you have one drive with NTFS and another with FAT32 that might account for some of the apparent difference. But, assuming identical settings, one of the encoders is probably producing a file which isn't quite 320 kbps.

Switch is probably using a different mp3 encoder than lamedrop. I doubt it uses lame as it doesn't mention lame, nor does its vendor offer source code (as required by the lame license). Different lossy encoders will produce different sounding files and in VBR or ABR modes can be expected to produce differently sized files.

There have been lots of different mp3 encoders and not all have been of good quality. The good quality mp3 encoders still under development are lame and the fraunhofer mp3 codec. The Switch application doesn't specify what it uses and I would be inclined to avoid it as it may be using one of several really bad encoders.

File size doesn't necessarily tell you anything about audio quality. Old or low quality mp3 encoders can produce very large files that sound much worse than smaller files produced by a modern/high quality encoder. If you used the old blade encoder to make a 320 kbps file it will almost certainly sound worse than current lame or fraunhofer VBR at aproximately half that rate.

Lame is free to use and distribute, is under constant development and is of very high quality. I would prefer an application using lame over Switch using an unknown encoder every time.

edit: your screenshots changed between me seeing them and replying. The difference in sizes is now tiny (it was about 1.5MB in the original screens) and I expect the difference is due only to different headers and metadata.
Edited by julian67 - 6/18/13 at 6:34pm
post #19 of 27

yeah sorry you are correct about that.  I edited after I realized that the album art was on one file and not on the other and didn't realize it... I didn't explain it in the edit but you caught my post pretty quick :)  Switch was a pain because they only offered a trial and kept bugging you about paying for the software then it disables after a certain amount of days so I can't thank you enough for posting the Lamedrop program.

post #20 of 27
You're welcome.

It's not a bad idea to look for free open source software first. There are some tasks where the best tool is both proprietary and also has to be paid for, but for audio (and video) encoding, decoding, tagging, transcoding and similar then most of the best options are freely available while most shareware apps are fairly horrible and quite a number are nothing more than scams that illegally repackage free software and trick people into paying for something that the original authors offer at no charge.

http://www.rarewares.org has a good collection of free audio essentials.
post #21 of 27

Foobar works well.

post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by betavince View Post

I use this FLAC to MP3 Converter.  It's free, easy to use and does a good job of converting FLAC to 320 bit rate MP3:

 

http://www.flacmp3.net/

 

Until registration ($30 US) it only convert 50% of the tracks. In other words, completely f#$%ing useless.

post #23 of 27

use foobar. it's not hard for the first time and really easy after that. works well. it will convert everything to anything, though if you try to convert lossy into lossless, it'll basically say that you're just wasting time and space on hard drive :D

post #24 of 27

Download & install Free Studio at http://DVDVideoSoft.com/free-dvd-video-software.htm - incredible bundle of various tools.

 

Simple instructions on using Free Studio for converting FLAC to MP3 at http://DigitalTrends.com/computing/how-to-convert-flac-to-mp3.

post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by betavince View Post
 

I use this FLAC to MP3 Converter.  It's free, easy to use and does a good job of converting FLAC to 320 bit rate MP3:

 

http://www.record-streaming-audio.com/convert-flac-to-mp3/

i tried last week, it works good for me. Easy and do for yourself.

post #26 of 27

I like to use dBpoweramp Music Converter.

 

I choose:

mp3 (Lame)

CBR 320 kbps

Encoding Slow (High Quality)

post #27 of 27

^^This. Exactly the same settings here.

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