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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:Windows Mac Linux
Version:1.0.32 / 1.1 Alpha 20180913
Released:Sep 13,2018
File size:7.6MB
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1.0.32 / 1.1 Alpha 20180913 (September 13, 2018)


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Version history / Release notes / Changelog

fre:ac v1.1 Alpha 20180913
Thursday, 13 September 2018 21:04

This is the first release to integrate the SuperFast multi-threaded encoding technology into the main development branch. This feature is still marked as experimental and may be enabled on the Resources page of the configuration dialog.

Other changes in this release are:

added support for configuring all codecs in the command line interface
improved UI adjustment to translated text widths
improved HiDPI support

Version 1.1 Alpha (September 2018)

- ported to macOS, Linux and BSD operating systems
- implemented an extension component framework to modularize fre:ac
- completely reworked configuration dialog
- added support for multiple configurations
- added multi encoder hub component
- integrated SuperFast encoding technology for multi-threaded processing
- conversions are now done in parallel if possible
- redesigned progress display area
- new dialog to confirm overwriting of existing files before conversion
- allowed format selection from the encode menu for encoders supporting multiple formats
- added support for editing configurations during conversions
- added support for verifying lossless input and output files
- added support for processing input with DSP filters
- added DSP components for resampling, channel up-/downmixing and sample format conversion
- added support for automatic sample format conversions to match encoder requirements
- added support for joining tracks with different sample formats into a single output file
- added a simple tag editor
- added Monkey's Audio encoder/decoder
- added Speex speech encoder/decoder
- added Opus audio encoder/decoder
- added Core Audio AAC/ALAC encoder
- added support for command line encoders/decoders
- added TwinVQ VQF decoder support
- added support for the VisualOn AAC encoder
- added support for the Fraunhofer FDK AAC encoder/decoder
- added support for reading simple audio files using libsndfile
- added support for ID3v2, MP4, WMA and Vorbis Comment chapters
- added support for MCDI frame in ID3v2 tags
- added support for ID3v1 tags in AAC files
- added support for RF64 and Wave64 files
- added RIFF tagging support (using LIST INFO and Cart chunks)
- added support for Ogg FLAC files
- the FLAC encoder now writes seektable metadata blocks
- completely reworked arguments of freacmd
- added support for selecting configuration in freaccmd
- added support for encoding to single file with freaccmd
- added an option to append sequential numbers to otherwise identical filenames
- added <composer>, <conductor> and <disc> patterns
- allow CDDB queries even when no CD drive is present
- allow CDDB dialogs to be resized
- added preview to CDDB match selection dialog
- added an option to automatically select the first CDDB match
- added support for CDDB queries using HTTP GET
- added context menu for text edit fields
- added support for reading ISRC codes from CDs
- added support for ripping hidden tracks (HTOA)
- added CD read offset configuration option
- added configuration option to keep converted tracks in joblist
- added configuration option to add encoded files to joblist
- added support for loading cue sheets
- added support for reading and writing Vorbis files with .oga extension
- added support for XSPF, Windows Media and PLS playlists
- added a slider for seeking during playback
- allow playback while a conversion is running
- added a warning when converting from lossy to lossless formats
- added the ability to sort the joblist by clicking headers
- added basic multi-channel audio support
- added support for setting process priority on Windows
- added a button to open the output folder
- added support for creating one playlist or cue sheet per album in a single conversion
- added RNNoise speech noise reduction DSP component
- added Rubber Band time stretching DSP component
- the time left indicator now shows hours if necessary
- the five last used output folders are now saved for later use
- the five last used file name patterns are now saved for later use
- the button to open the CD tray now closes it if already open
- greatly improved case conversion functions
- conversion progress is now shown in the taskbar on Windows 7 and later
- skipping tracks is no longer possible when converting to a single file
- fixed creation of cue sheets for multiple tracks in a single file
- improved title info editing user friendliness
- improved metadata extraction from paths
- added native x64 platform support
- upgraded CDRip to version 2.2 (with cdparanoia III version 10.2)

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Review 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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Review 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

Good software, but a major drawback is it needs a sound normalizer, however future builds promise this and also it cannot process 5.1 channel inputs as yet. Pazera audio extractor can process anything as input so I recommend using that for some tricky projects instead.

Review by Sayed on Nov 19, 2017 Version: 1.0.30 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

Very good software, but like others my using it had declined for said reason of only 2 channel support. Also it would not open mkv sources.

Review by 7of9 on Aug 3, 2017 Version: OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

I'd give this a 10/10 but it really is annoying that it won't accept an input source with more than 2 channels. Because of this it is not much use to me anymore.

Review by Tom on Jul 16, 2017 Version: OS: Windows 8 Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 6/10

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