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HeadAC3he is a basic AC3 to WAV, MP3,MP3 and Vorbis Converter. Set start and stop, Normalize, Boost. Required DLLs included in download(azid.dll, ssrc.dll, lame_enc.dll, vorbis.dll, MP2enc.dll, MPAlib.dll).

Released:Jul 12,2002
File size:828.3KB
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0.23a (July 12, 2002)


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- modified for use with modified vorbis.dll (based on Vorbis 1.0) Ch Coupling sel. was deactivated as Vorbis 1.0 seems to dynamically employ it, so no chance to select it anymore (if I am mistaken, feel free to let me know and tell me where to change it...)
- several bugfixes (esp CLI)
- added INI Option to change IO priority on PCM writing
- following settings will be forced on update: 4ch and 6ch preset will be defaulted to DS (DS2 makes no sense here anyway...) IO priority will be decremented

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Ease of use: All the options may scare you at first but you get used to it. The options window is kind of wierd, you click the option button once you get first page of options then click it again you get second page then again to close it. Very many options so you have a lot of control.

Functionality: It converted AC3 to MP2 perfectly for me.

Value for money: Nothing cheaper than free.

Overall: Intimidating at first but after using it you probably understand it. MP2s made with it don't give me any problems (unlike besweet). The only "bad" thing I could say about it is the design. Overall a great tool that does its job well.

Dec 17, 2005 Version: 0.23a OS: WinXP Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

An excellent program for the ac3->mp3 conversion. Simple to use and highly acceptable results. The program worked for me right out of the box.

Sep 3, 2005 Version: 0.23a OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 7/10

This program works well, but it amplifies the WAV volume by a large amount compared to the original AC3.

Ease of use: This program is simple to use and comes with a help txt. However, first, you must download a separate dll for AC3 decoding; and everytime the program begins, it nags you to download the vorbis dll. The program does tell you where to get the files. Second, to change the delay or normalization, you must repeatedly press arrows that increment the value by 1, rather than being able to input a value.

Functionality: There are lots of options, including sample rate, channel selection, and volume boost. It also allows for delay by changing the start and end frames. You can also set the program priority.

Value: Free.

Jul 9, 2005 Version: 0.23a OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 7/10

Need a special program called winrar to download this. My computer doesn't have it, and I have never been able to find it anywhere.

Jan 11, 2004 Version: headac3he OS: WinXP Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10

If you can't get your head around BeSweet (with or without the GUI) then try this. It has a much simpler (though still busy)GUI and makes more 'sense' (at least to me) than the BeSweet GUI.

Follow the URL's (in the nag boxes) if you do not have the required codecs installed.

It makes AC3 to whatever simple.

I did find on one AC3 track that Headac3he gave an error (tried it 3 times) and aborted whilst BeSweet did the same Ac3 conversion withou a glitch. But saying that, that was only on one track, other than that its been 100% OK.

Well worth dlding. Nuff said.

Nov 17, 2003 Version: 0.23a OS: WinXP Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10

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