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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:1.0.31a / 1.1 Alpha
Released:Nov 28,2017
File size:7.6MB
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1.0.31a / 1.1 Alpha (November 28, 2017)


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Version history / Release notes / Changelog

Version 1.0.31a (November 2017)

- updated Bulgarian translation
- updated FAAC encoder to fix Joint Stereo bug

Version 1.0.31 (November 2017)

- updated Italian translation
- changed default output pattern to <artist> - <album><artist> - <album> - <track> - <title>
- default to using WMA 9.2 instead of WMA 10 Pro
- added support for reading WAV files with unknown length
- fixed rare crash when decoding certain Ogg Vorbis files
- fixed some freedb connection issues
- upgraded CDRip to version 1.27 to fix detection of USB drives
- upgraded LAME to version 3.100
- upgraded FAAC to version
- upgraded FAAD2 to version 2.8.6
- upgraded mpg123 to version 1.25.7
- upgraded Ogg library to version 1.3.3

Version 1.1 Alpha (November 2017)

- 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
- 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 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
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- upgrade to MP4v2 v2.0.0

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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.

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.

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.

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

Nice software, but due to the fact that it cannot encode from audio sources more than 2 channels I prefer not to use it and find it very redundant for most of my conversion projects.

Jul 7, 2017 Version: snapshot OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 7/10

I'm using a public beta. This is so close to being the perfect tool for me, I can deal with these two minor issues which I will share below, but if the developer wants to provide fixes, I'd obviously love it even more.

1) when you give it a large number of files to process, it takes a while to figure out what they are (this is before starting the conversion job) but you don't know when it's ready, you just see the "files in joblist" number climbing and eventually it stops. I'd love to see some indication that it is ready to start converting. Maybe a button that lights up or something. It seemed to allow you to start the job even before it was ready, so I didn't know if it would do all my files or not, thus I waited until it stopped counting files.

2) if you have things arranged as Artist \ Title \ CD# for a multi CD set, it will not duplicate this file structure in the destination down to the CD# level. So you end up having to manually create CD1, CD2, etc. folders and then manually moving the files where they should go. I'd like to see an option to duplicate the source folder structure.

Jan 17, 2016 Version: CVS20151122 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

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