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fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper which integrates various popular formats and encoders. It currently supports MP3, MP4/M4A, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC and Bonk files. It makes it easy to convert your audio CDs to MP3 or Ogg Vorbis files which you can use in your hardware player or with your favorite audio software. The program supports the CDDB/freedb online CD database and CDText and automatically writes song information to ID3v2 or Vorbis comment tags.

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OS: Win Mac Linux
File size: 19MB
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9.3/10
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Latest version

1.1.3 (October 11, 2020)



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Download fre:ac 1.1.3 Windows 64-bit  20MB  Win64

Download fre:ac 1.1.3 Windows  19MB  Win

Download fre:ac 1.1.3b Mac 64-bit  27MB  Mac64

Download fre:ac 1.1.3 Linux 64-bit  18MB  Linux64




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Free software / FOSS (Free download and also Free and Open Source Software)



Supported operating systems

WinWindows MacMac OS LinuxLinux




Version history / Release notes / Changelog


Version 1.1.3 (October 2020)

added support for macOS 11.0 Big Sur

switched to using GNUdb as the default CDDB database service

Improvements

command line codec configuration now allows specifying additional arguments
improved detection of cue sheet encoding to support system codepage and UTF-8 without BOM
freaccmd now splits cue sheets to individual tracks unless an output file is specified using the -o option
freaccmd now supports a --split-chapters option to split files with chapter tags into individual chapters
added placeholder for use in output folder configuration setting, resolving to user profile folder
added file type associations to Linux/FreeBSD and Windows Store app, so fre:ac is offered for opening audio files
added audio CD association to Linux/FreeBSD and Windows Store app, so fre:ac can be started when inserting a CD
added an option to suppress "No entry found" messages for automatic CDDB queries
improved detection of sampler CDs when querying CDDB information
Bug fixes

fixed possible conversion thread hangs when using external encoders
fixed possible crash related to drag & drop handling on Windows
fixed crash when writing fields containing only whitespace to Vorbis Comment, APEv2, WMA or RIFF tags
fixed possible glitches in WAV/AIFF output when processing float samples outside the -1.0/+1.0 range
fixed possible hangs when opening WAV/AIFF files larger than 2 GB or with a broken chunk structure
fixed inability to open WAV/AIFF files with long paths on Windows
fixed writing wrong offsets to single file cue sheets when the resampling DSP filter is enabled
fixed writing invalid chapter offsets to Opus files with source material sample rates other than 48 kHz
fixed writing invalid MP3 bitstreams in rare cases in SuperFast mode
fixed wrong length detection for MP3 files with invalid chapter data
fixed parsing of cue sheets with minute/second indications missing leading zeros and/or duration longer than 99 minutes
fixed parsing of embedded cue sheets without FILE designations
fixed ripping progress for other drives stalling while one drive is ejecting
fixed inability to pause or stop single output file verification
fixed log files being archived despite disabling the corresponding option
fixed various issues with multi-monitor support on macOS
fixed user interface glitches after closing dialogs in tabbed mode on macOS
fixed Shift+Pos1/End shortcuts being interpreted by the joblist and edit fields at the same time
Updated codecs

switched from libav 12.3 to FFmpeg 4.3.1 for auxiliary format support
added support for using the Core Audio codec of iTunes 12.10.9 and later
updated Vorbis to version 1.3.7 (plus aoTuV b6.03 and Lancer optimizations)
updated Monkey's Audio to version 5.55
updated mpg123 to version 1.26.3
New translations

added Hindi translation

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Acronyms / Also Known As

freac,BonkEnc, BonkEnc



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13 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews


Great software, but I would jazz up the GUI a bit as it is very plain with those little x's to show enabled options etc. A tick would be better. Please make it a bit more colorful and spacious as the navigation of Fre-ac makes for a very cluttered GUI. Sorry to whinge.

Now the positives: its free and still works in XP, has most the options you need and the man developing it, is a great guy who listens and bug fixes. Respect to him.


Review by Jack on Jun 21, 2020 Version: 1.1.2 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




By far the best audio encoder frontend, very handy and VERY FAST!

Review by amaipaipai on Apr 12, 2020 Version: 1.1 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Would benefit from a normalisation option. Has lots of options which seem a bit unnecessary that the average user would never use. The alpha build can accept 5.1 sources(the stable can only accept 2 channel inputs!), but bugs exist. It takes much time to load some audio files like 5.1 ac-3 and often crashes during encoding. It has crashed for me in WinXP to Win10 so far.

The progress counter does not even show in some file encoding. Still at alpha stage but at least it is being developed and is a good freeware software. I now use the superior EZCD Converter instead.


Review by Abe on Nov 1, 2019 Version: 1.1 alpha OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 7/10




Rating by ShaneTune1 on Aug 20, 2018 Version: 1.0.32 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Rating by Damian Höster on Apr 20, 2018 Version: 1.1 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10


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