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LAME is a MP3 encoder and the Lame ACM MP3 is an ACM codec that you can use in most applications for example in Virtualdub(to install the ACM codec just extract all files and right click on the LameACM.inf and select Install). LameDropXPd is a practical frontend for LAME that makes things easier to the user, as there is no need to know about command line usage: most LAME settings are reachable on a graphical interface.

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Version:3.99.5 / ACM 3.99.5 History
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3.99.5 / ACM 3.99.5 (February 29, 2012)


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Download LAME MP3 ACM 3.99.5 (direct link)



Download LAME MP3 old versions


Supported operating systems:
Windows


More information and other downloads:
Download LameDropXPd here, a very simple GUI/Frontend for Lame



Download LameXP here, a GUI for Lame



Download winLame here, another GUI for Lame



Download LameFE here, yet another gui for Lame(no longer updated)


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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
LAME 3.99.5
2014-05-22
Bundle compiled with Intel Compiler 14.0.3.

LAME 3.99.5 February 28 2012

Rogério Brito
autotools: Fix compilation on alpha using proper ifdef guards. Thanks to Andres Mejia.
Small correction of the documentation.
Robert Hegemann
Workaround for cygwin build problem. Tracker item [ 3480692 ] mingw-w64 compilation error
Fix for a problem when LAME is compiled with fast floating point math. It could result in bitrate bloat with silent input data.
Bug fix for tracker item [ 3486753 ] Artifacts at the beginning of decoded file

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Alternative to Lame MP3:
foobar2000
LameXP
Pazera Lame Front-End
winLAME



Guides and How to's:
How to convert matroska MKV to AVI or OGM to AVI - Read
View all guides with guide description here


Acronyms / Also Known As:
LameDropXPd, Lame ACM, Lamefe, LameACM, Lame DS, LameDS

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Virtually flawless and remains the best MP3 encoder out there.

Only one small request would be the ability to specify the target replaygain value when using command line switches instead of having a hard-coded 89.0 default.



Posted January 17, 2012 by . Tool version 3.99.3 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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Well, I've made new tests about installing 3.99.3 DS filter. Here are the results :
WIN 7 32 bits : OK
WIN 7 64 bits : NOK
WIN XP 32 bites : NOK
Each test was made on a different PC.
Still looking for a clue.
N.B. All the tests are OK with 3.99.2 DS filter.



Posted December 04, 2011 by . Tool version 3.99.3 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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"If anyone succeeded , tell it."
Yes, i did it! :)
Lame MP3 is a rock-solid encoder with very good results. With Eac or Virtualdub this is the perfect choice to go, in terms of converting to mp3.



Posted December 02, 2011 by . Tool version 3.99.3 using OS Windows 7
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Can't believe I'm the only one to have problem with installing Lame DS Filter !
If anyone succeeded , tell it. Seems like lame.ax ( included in the zip )
is not built as a DS filter.



Posted December 02, 2011 by . Tool version 3.99.3 using OS WinXP
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There are exactly two things that are "daft" in the scenario mentioned in the comment prior to mine:

1) Blaming a missing "feature" of a third-party GUI on the developers of LAME; and
2) Performing a lossy-to-lossy transcode, and to 128kbps to boot.

LAME remains, as always, at the top of the game.



Posted December 01, 2011 by . Tool version 3.99.3 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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If I drop a WAV into lamp drop xp, it comes out as mp3. If I drop an mp3 into lame drop xp, it comes out as a WAV.
So it appears it wont do mp3 320kbps to mp3 128kbps? That's a bit daft.



Posted December 01, 2011 by . Tool version 3.2 using OS WinXP
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Good work but ...
LAME 3.99.3 DirectShow Filter won't install :
LoadLibrary("C:\Program Files\Lame\DS\lame.ax") failed.
C:\Program Files\Lame\DS>dir lame.ax
...
18/11/2011 12:26 274 432 lame.ax
...
The same on Win XP Pro.
3.99.2 is OK.



Posted November 29, 2011 by . Tool version 3.99.3 using OS Windows 7
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lame 3.99.3 is crashing on my Win xp when trying to convert any file to mp3 unlike previous versions which were working fine and now it shows the bug of kernel32.dll ---- decode pointer.Please fix this bug........


Posted November 28, 2011 by . Tool version 3.99.3 using OS WinXP
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I used a long time Lame 3.98.2. which proved very good.Version Lame 3.99.x. .. how fast the output can not be detailed or users testing.For Virtual Dub, I think that is irreplaceable Fraunhofer MPEG Layer-3, the latest version: (Fraunhofer IIS MPEG Layer-3 Professional v 3.4 Pro ACM) codec, which unfortunately years stagnant,among other things, the work is almost twice faster than Lame codec.


Posted November 18, 2011 by . Tool version 3.99.1 using OS Windows 7
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One of the better lossy audio encoder out there.


Posted October 16, 2011 by . Tool version 3.99 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


One of (if not) the finest audio encoders in existence.


Posted September 30, 2009 by . Tool version 3.98.2 using OS Vista
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Great ! But DirectShow Filter 3.98.2 won't install :
LoadLibrary("C:\Program Files\Lame\DS\lame.ax") failed.




Posted September 26, 2008 by . Tool version 3.98.2 using OS WinXP
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Re: "Lame is a good mp3 codec to use for Virtual Dub but it hasn't got the 96 kbps 441000 khz stereo option. When installed, only the 96 kbps 32000 khz and 22050 are stereo/mono."

This is very untrue. It is possible to have 96kbs/44.1kz and even lower bitrates. It is controlled by the codecs settinng. You and get access to it from the Audio Codecs Menu which is for Windows XP is found in the "Sound and Audio Properties" in the Control Panel, or under Sound in the Device Manager.



Posted August 26, 2007 by . Tool version 1.7.2 using OS WinXP
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One of the best mp3 codecs available,brilliant to use with Goldwave,just move the lame_enc dll to the Goldwave program folder.


Posted April 27, 2004 by . Tool version 3.95.1 using OS WinXP
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Lame.acm IS BAD for Goldwave, use the lame.dll. This gives very very good results


Posted December 10, 2003 by . Tool version 4.5 using OS WinXP
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I dont know how to evaluate Lame really.
Which codecs are in use I dont always know and dont care, if it comes out right. For now, anyway, working on avi->dvd #2

I am posting because during the GoldWave 5.06 install, it says that LameACM is so bad that it would like to rename it for me.

"The LameACM.acm file has been detected. This file often causes errors when opening and saving MP3 files. Rename this file to avoide its use?"



Posted December 10, 2003 by . Tool version GoldWave 5.06 using OS WinXP
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Lame is a good mp3 codec to use for Virtual Dub but it hasn't got the 96 kbps 441000 khz stereo option. When installed, only the 96 kbps 32000 khz and 22050 are stereo/mono. A little bit disappointing if u care about saving some MB while encoding wiff audio.



Posted September 08, 2003 by . Tool version 3.xx using OS Win2K
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This brings the excellent freeware MP3 encoder as an ACM codec (i.e., can be used as the compression codec in WAV files and in AVi files).

Installation is a little bit rudimentary but once done, works brilliantly.



Posted August 09, 2003 by . Tool version ?new using OS WinXP
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Guides: http://users.tpg.com.au/mtam/install_lame.htm

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