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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: 20MB
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Latest version

1.1.4 (February 14, 2021)



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Supported operating systems

WinWindows MacMac OS LinuxLinux




Version history / Release notes / Changelog


Version 1.1.4 (February 2021)

Improvements

improved support for reading CD-Text
added an HDCD decoder DSP filter
added catalog number and barcode fields to tag editor
added file type associations to macOS app, so fre:ac is offered for opening audio files
added quality (VBR) setting to FDK-AAC configuration dialog
improved MP3, AAC and Opus encoding performance by up to 30%
improved multi-monitor support on X11 based systems
discs of multi-disc albums are now shown separately in tag editor album mode
update only changed fields when making edits in tag editor album mode
added support for Replay Gain values in MP4 and WMA metadata
do not override settings with default values when using freaccmd's --config option
Bug fixes

fixed invalid length written to very long Opus and Speex files (longer than 12 hours at 48 kHz)
fixed decoding of some very short Opus, Vorbis and Speex files
fixed written MP4 chapters being invisible to some applications when using Nero AAC
fixed hang/crash when opening WavPack, Musepack, TAK and OptimFROG files with chapters
fixed issues submitting CDDB information for new CDs (without existing entries)
fixed issues handling long path/file names on Windows
fixed output sample rate being limited to 192 kHz
fixed freaccmd randomly failing to process files in rare cases
fixed bad user interface colors on some Linux distributions
Updated codecs

switched from FAAC to FDK-AAC for AAC encoding
updated Monkey's Audio to version 6.11
updated WavPack to version 5.4.0
updated mpg123 to version 1.26.4
updated FAAD2 to version 2.10.0
Updated translations

updated Romanian translation
updated Portuguese (Brazilian) translation

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Acronyms / Also Known As

freac,BonkEnc, BonkEnc



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14 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews


At last switched from faac to fdk! Also support for replay gain. Great update. Many thanks. Deserves your support and donations.

Review by Simon on Feb 15, 2021 Version: 1.1.4 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




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


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