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NEW VERSION 16

dBpowerAMP Music Converter (dMC), is one of those must have utilities, indispensable for converting audio files from one format to another. Convert audio files with elegant simplicity. mp3, mp4, m4a (iTunes / iPod), Windows Media Audio (WMA), Ogg Vorbis, AAC, Monkeys Audio, FLAC, Apple Lossless (ALAC) to name a few! Multi CPU Encoding Support, Rip digitally record audio CDs (with CD Ripper), Batch Convert large numbers of files with 1 click, Windows Integration popup info tips, audio properties, columns, edit ID-Tags, DSP Effects such as Volume Normalize, or Graphic EQ [Power Pack Option]

Trialware ($14)
OS:Windows
Version:16
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File size:31.1MB
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Version history / Release notes / Changelog

Release 16

dBpoweramp R16 features a user interface redesign. Each program was evaluated to streamline and improve user interactions, in addition dBpoweramp will now work well also at 200% and 300% display scaling.

The tag editor has been completely redesigned, better at handling multiple file editing, also features auto-suggested artist and album whilst typing.

Batch Converter has new filters where an artist (album, genre, etc) can be included or excluded in the conversions.

Full Changes

New visual style, high DPI aware, 200% and 300% compatible
Configure dBpoweramp repurposed as dBpoweramp Control Centre, only elevates on changes to shell settings
Configuration, if proxy server is enabled but no proxy server is set, it is disabled.
DSP Effects included as standard in all installs, DSP version number is now dBpoweramps version number
dBpoweramp Shell Tag Editor - looks up art with PerfectTUNES
Naming Section total rewrite
Naming Added new values [track_unpad] [track_total_unpad] for unpadded track number and count
Naming [IFEQUALS] check will match from multiple stored values, such as one match from 3 genres
Naming added [REPLACE] function
Naming added [WORD] function to limit word count

Converter

Can add or remove CPU Cores from converting whilst converting
Nearly instant when converting 1000's of files if the file naming does not require ID Tags reading for filenames
Works with DSP effect 'conditional encoding' to allow programmable actions on files depending on their settings (such as copy 1:1 mp3, not encode)
Option to precache read the source file, more for non-ssd systems, improves read performance by 100%
New option (in configuration) 'Filename restricted characters'
When finalizing DSP Effects (such as 100K RG album gains being written), the display is now responsive

Codecs

m4a: able to read m4a file designated as mp42 or mp41 internally (really .mp4)
m4a: displays bit rate for fdk vbr encoded files
m4a separates out multi artist etc internally as individual tags, for maximum compatibility (option in config allows reverse order or / separated)

DSP Effects

Volume Normalize EBU-R128 defaults to -18 dB target volume.
ID Tag Processing, multi-artists etc added with Additions are correctly detected as multiples if separated as '; '
ReplayGain identifies albums also with Disc number.
Resample effect has new minimum and maximum options.
New Icons
New Effect: Conditional Encoding (R16 or above required)
Volume Normalize added Adaptive EBU-R128 option, and redesigned settings page

CD Ripper

Can edit tags such as artist in track listing
Simplified interface, refresh and metadata button combined now
Metadata cache stores intel metadata providers separately, also error and info logs, and size increased by default to 200MB
AMG replaced with Discogs for metadata and PerfectTUNES for ART (AMG is EOL Q3 2016)
Album Art Choose (from Internet) can type the artist and album names. PerfectTUNES is searched also for art.
Pasting art from clipboard, can paste URL containing art, or filename location
New option: rc on track listing >> Paste track titles from clipboard: this open will take a multiline list in the form artist - title or just title and replace the title and artist.
Manual Metadata Review: Has cancel button, also shows genre or year as <different> if they are not uniform across all tracks
Metadata trims lead and end spaces
New Option (on options page, note not compatible with Multi-Encoder) "When Ripping":
Rip to '._' files, rename album at end (default option)
Rip to temporary folder, move album at end
Rip direct to final filenames
Submit to freedb restrictions lifted
Batch Converter

right click folder >> dBpoweramp Batch Convert with multiple folders selected, only 1 Batch Converter appears
visually better when processing large number of files
added profile support, also profiles passed onto Music Converter so Codec selection / DSPs, etc are unique to that profile name
added metadata filter based exclusion / inclusions
quicker at processing large number of files

Tag Editor

total redesign
predictive typing for artist + album (based on perfecttunes known artists)
default tags (shown when no tags present) can be edited: %appdata%\dBpoweramp\DefaultTagEdit.txt
Added new configuration option 'dBpoweramp Edit ID-Tags' for folders

bug fix: isrc would not read on all systems
bug fix: ACM wave compression would not always work on certain systems
bug fix: [tags]album artist,_COMMA_ [] works, [IFVALUE]album artist,[tags]album artist,_COMMA_[],NO ALBUM ARTIST[] does not (if have multi album artists)
BUG FIX: cd ripper: cd-text: genre would not populate if represented as binary
Bug fix: using dsp effects 'audio cd delete silence' and replaygain could create blank files and delay ripping at end
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dMC, dBpowerAMP Music Converter



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I use dbPowerAmp as the converter since it is the best
I convert to mp3 (Lame Averate Bit Rate 40)
You might be able to further deduce the bit rate by going to aa format
I canít see why you would want to concatenate the chapters. It serves no purpose but adds another process to your audio and extra work for you. Why put it inside a m4a or mp4 container? That again serves no purpose and limits what you can play it on.

You canít continue to process lossy files without effecting their quality. If you are lucky, you only suffer a loss of fidelity, if not you can produce artifacts. Most will render your audio unusable since they are very loud and can hurt your ears and or blow out your speakers. For that reason I convert to mp3 since most devices play them.

For instance, I cut a ape file into tracks. They sounded perfect. Then I converted them to mp3s. The audios were riddled with horrible artifacts. Then I tried converting the ape file to an mp3 file then cut that into tracks and the audio was fine. The thing is, had I kept the ape tracks and deleted the original one I would never have been able to reduce the bit rate. You canít always hear if you have ruined an audio file until you try to peocess it again. I suggect doing as little as possible to any audio file.



Posted by . Tool version 15.3 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10
Guides: http://www.chaichana.net/, http://www.chaichana.net/%E0%B8%81%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8 ... D%E0%B8%87



It's actually really great!

The CD ripper is accurate, it has a great and fast encoder, and has a great TAG editor.

Worth your dollars.



Posted by . Tool version R15.3 using OS Windows 10 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



Although R15 is 64bits native, the codecs are not (all of them) working for both 32/64bits. From all the supplementary codecs (that are not included in the installation pack) I'm most impressed by the mp3 Helix codec (about 4x faster than Lame), and unfortunately this one is not supported by x64 systems... Maybe Spoon (Da Man) will work around this issue; till than I suggest you stick to R14.4.


Posted by . Tool version R15 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10



I purchased this several months ago and am very happy with it. Some of tools like the converter or cd burner can be found elsewhere but where this really shines is the CD ripper. There is nothing as secure other than Exact Audio Copy and still this is much faster. If you have a modern dvd/cd drive like most people the tool might not seem to be as useful. I can rip most CDs with freac or foobar2000 just fine but I find this is faster and I just feel better knowing that it's an exact copy even if I'm getting exact copies with other tools. For me there are no problems with the audio no matter what I encode it in unless there is a problem with the disc itself. The cd data lookup is also better than any program out there.

One thing I noticed is on their website they act like they are a small company with several people. I think this is pretty common way of trying to sell your product online. I don't have any proof really other than a hunch but I suspect it's probably a one man operation. That's fine it's a great product and I certainly got and getting my moneys worth with it.



Posted by . Tool version 14.2 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



Commercial crap - who cares anyway? There are tons of good and FREE converters which do the same job. Don't bother paying money for this one!



Posted by . Tool version 14.2 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 4 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10



No longer has "Winall" support (moving towards Win7/8/x only).

Spoon (author) is apparently now in lockstep with the
Gate$ brigade, for no good reason!




Posted by . Tool version 14.2 using OS Other
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10



Used Cdex before, but wanted to convert to WMA. Started with dBpowerAMP v10, the free version still available at http://www.dbpoweramp.com/bin/dMC-r10.exe . Paid the $14 for v11 and have not been disappointed. WMA 2-pass VBR @192 is the most accurate sub-256 format (have not tried OGG, but it is supported). dBpowerAMP is now my preferred music player as it uses 1/3 CPU resources as Windows Media Player - ideal for my laptop!


Posted by . Tool version 11 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



At first it all works just fine...
The bad news come when you HAVE to pay and register or it just won't encode MP3 files using LAME codec (wich is free!!)...
I used it for years and now I'm looking for a new encoder...



Posted by . Tool version 11 using OS Win2K
Ease of use 4 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 6 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10



I have been using dBpowerAMP for a couple of years and this is the best and easiest audio format conversion tool in my opinion.

Too bad that it is advertised as Trialware $20 because you don't have to pay for the additional features if all you need is an audio format converter (WAV MP3, MP3 OGG, and many many more formats supported with the use of free codecs). Their audio player is also free but I prefer Winamp.
Maybe more people would try it if it was advertised as Free, which it is unless you want to buy extra features to speed up some format conversions and other stuff.

It has worked perfectly for me and I cannot recommend it enough.



Posted by . Tool version 11 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



I have always loved & used this tool for converting between formats.
The new version finally uses MAD for decoding, which is great. But
now having to play to use the (opensource) LAME mp3 encoder is a step in the wrong direction. LAME is now complied completely from scratch, so it uses no licensed code, as far as I have read about it. Fortunately ,most people use LAME with ripping apps, anyways.



Posted by . Tool version v11 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 6 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10



Latest version 11 now has licensed MP3 conversion.
Still possible to get V10 which is unlimited.



Posted by . Tool version 10.1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


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