Internet music dealers currently sell “CD-Quality” tracks, or even better (“Studio-Master”), thanks to lossless audio coding formats (FLAC, ALAC). However, a lossless format does not guarantee that the audio content is what it seems to be. The audio signal may have been upscaled (increasing the resolution), upsampled (increasing the sampling rate) or even transcoded from a lossy to a lossless format. Lossless Audio Checker analyzes lossless audio tracks and detects upscaling, upsampling and transcoding.
FLAC Frontend is a convenient way for Windows users not used to working with command lines to use the official FLAC tools. It accepts WAVE, W64, AIFF and RAW files for encoding and outputs FLAC or OGG-FLAC files. It is able to decode FLAC files, test them, fingerprint them and re-encode them. It has drag-and-drop support too. It is tested on Windows XP SP3 and Windows 7, but should work with Windows XP SP2 or newer. It requires .NET 2.0 or later.
- Most audio formats supported: MP3, FLAC, OGG, WMA, AIFF, etc.
- Gapless playback
- Tags & Cover Art support
- Keyboard shortcuts
Lplex is a console application meant to provide a free, quick, and hopefully painless way to:
- Create lossless “audio-only” dvd-video discs from wav or flac audio files, featuring:
- gapless playback.
- md5 verification of audio data.
- archival (dvd-rom) content.
- Losslessly extract unencrypted lpcm audio streams from dvd-video to wav or flac format.
You’re already fully equipped for hi-res audio (up to 24-bit/96khz) if you have a typical dvd-player and digital amp, and lplex is a way to take advantage of this.
VUPlayer is a freeware multi-format audio player for Windows
supporting the following formats:
- MOD – Sound / Noise / ProTracker
- MTM – MultiTracker
- S3M – ScreamTracker
- XM – FastTracker
- IT – ImpulseTracker
- MO3 – MO3 Packer
- MP3 – MPEG Audio
- MP4 – QuickTime MPEG-4 (AAC / Apple Lossless)
- MPC – Musepack
- OGG – Ogg Vorbis
- FLAC – Free Lossless Audio Codec
- APE – Monkey’s Audio
- WV – WavPack
- AIFF – Audio Interchange File Format
- WMA – Windows Media Audio
- WAV – Windows PCM / ACM
- MIDI – Musical Instrument Digital Interface
- CD – Audio CD
FlicFlac is a portable (no installation required) utility for converting WAV, FLAC, MP3, OGG and APE files to any of the other formats.
You may drag files onto the FlicFlac interface, or convert files directly from the right click menu in Windows Explorer.
FlacSquisher converts a library of FLAC files to MP3, Opus, or Ogg Vorbis format, maintaining the directory structure in the original library. That way, you can maintain your FLAC files for home listening, and easily convert them to MP3, Opus, or Ogg format for mobile use, where storage space is more often tightly constrained.
- Converts to MP3 or Ogg Vorbis
- Maintains directory structure from original library
- Takes advantage of multicore processors
- Can copy or ignore files by extension (album art, log files)
- Ignores files already encoded previously
- Compatible with Mono on Linux
Spectro is a freeware audio file analyzer for Windows. Currently capable of reading FLAC, APE, MP3 and WAV files. Spectro lets you view vital data about compressed audio files and creates a spectrogram of the wave data. This allows you to quickly and easily spot quality issues with a file and also look for transcodes.
BatchEncoder is an audio file conversion software. It supports most of popular audio file formats including lossy and lossless compression. The program is very simple to use. BatchEncoder is basically GUI front-end for command-line tools. All it does is create background processes and pass arguments to it with options set in the presets / format menu and additionally adds input and output file paths.
Exact Audio Copy, also known as EAC is often used to create an exact copy of a CD which can be stored in a digital media archive or audio library. The goal is to preserve all information from a CD, such that the CD can be recreated from an archive and / or is playable from an audio library. With EAC, the original audio files and a .cue file, an exact copy can be reburnt back onto a CDR; and with FLAC files, a compressed lossless music library may be built. Creating an individual folder which contains the album’s compressed audio files and a cue file is done via the following method:
- Open EAC and select the FLAC encoder
- Insert the CD you wish to archive
- If using the freedb or CTDB plugins, select the correct cover art
- You may also add lyrics to each track at this point
- Verify that the downloaded information is complete and correct
- Convert all CD information to title case
- Remove any extra spaces
- Detect the CD’s gaps
- Create the cue sheet and album folders
- Rip the CD in Burst Mode, which creates the individual audio files
- Switch to Secure Mode and re-rip tracks any tracks that did not rip accurately
This process also creates an EAC log file in the same folder.
Determining Which EAC Gap Detection Method To Use: