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Windows Recommend FLAC to MP3

Discussion in 'Software' started by Arboreal, 4 Aug 2019.

  1. Arboreal

    Arboreal Keeper of the Electric Currants

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    I need to convert some of my ripped CD collection from FLAC to 320 MP3 for my car SD card.
    Recommendations please for decent free software please
     
  2. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    Arboreal Keeper of the Electric Currants

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    Thanks @RedFlames , that's a new one to me - ripper too. I've used Free RIP until now.
    I'll check it out
     
  4. dynamis_dk

    dynamis_dk Grr... Grumpy!!

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    I use dBpoweramp which has always been fairly painless. Its a fully functional 21 day trial as advertised on the website - I haven't used the trial tho so I'm not sure how fully the functional is

    I got a purchased copy as dad is a big audio guys so we use it a lot to convert his hundreds of CDs to FLAC for his media steamer setup.
     
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    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    I use the built in converter in Foobar2000 for batch conversion.
     
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  6. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    I just use lame through GNU Parallel. Stupid-fast on a sixteen-thread machine!
     
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  7. Arboreal

    Arboreal Keeper of the Electric Currants

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    More ideas, thanks fellas.
    Batch processing sounds interesting - maybe something to stretch my 2 new extra cores
     
  8. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    As far as I know anything that uses LAME will use multiple threads . Most modern processors will fly through even quite large collections.
     
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  9. Arboreal

    Arboreal Keeper of the Electric Currants

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    fre:ac installed and ran happily on my i3 rig last night to fill up the initial 2GB card from the drawer.
    I'll copy the FLAC archive to my other PC at some point, so I have set of files, and then could carry on with the i5 6 core taking the strain.
    Thanks again, I now have an initial set of songs to drive around with.
     
  10. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    If you have a lot of files, though, manual parallelisation is typically the way to go. Case in point: I needed to bzip2 a bunch of files individually - i.e. not as a single tar.bz2 archive - and found that using GNU Parallel to run the single-threaded bzip2 over 16 files simultaneously was considerably faster than using the multithreaded lbzip2 set to use 16 threads over one file at a time. Like, considerably faster.
     
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    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    Thinking about it now I don't believe standard LAME is multithreaded. I think Foobar uses multiple instances of LAME to effectively do what you describe above automatically.
     

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