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GRC
2011-08-11, 12:34 PM
Title sez it all - what are my options?

I can google plenty of sites that seem to have software for the job, but has anyone got something tried and tested? I'd rather go on personal recommendation.

suprden
2011-08-11, 12:46 PM
foobar2000

free & excellent. as well as doing conversions, it's also the best audio player for the PC imo

AAR.oner
2011-08-11, 01:48 PM
OSX or windoze?

GRC
2011-08-11, 01:53 PM
OK, I already have it installed, and the Help says;

"How do I convert my audio files to another format?
Load tracks you want to convert into a playlist, right click, choose 'Convert' from the context menu, click one of sub-options. Converting functionality requires the Converter component to be installed ('Optional Features → Tools → Converter' during installation). First time you convert to some format, you will be asked for a location of a commandline encoder executable required to encode to that format (unless relevant executable can be found in your standard paths or in foobar2000 application directory). Commandline encoders for most audio formats can be found on RareWares."

I don't recall installing any converters at first, and when I load some files into a playlist, and right-click, I don't have a 'Convert' option.

Is it merely a case of finding a converter from Rarewares and placing it in the Foobar directory, or do I need to uninstall and reinstall?

GRC
2011-08-11, 01:57 PM
Win-doze

daddyray
2011-08-11, 02:00 PM
xAct is what I use.....nice ease of use

AAR.oner
2011-08-11, 02:07 PM
i didn't think xACT would do 24bit files

daddyray
2011-08-11, 02:32 PM
I thought that 24 was addressed a while back. I have a small fleet of converts any which way..MAX xAct XLD sound converter and one or two more. I know xAct is way better n more robust than an iteration or two ago. I cannot think of a time lately I have used anything else

GRC
2011-08-11, 04:05 PM
Will xACT do the job straight out of the box, or does it need add-ons too?

daddyray
2011-08-11, 04:19 PM
drag n drop ease of use.....works on shns etc now...again I am on a series of Macs

GRC
2011-08-11, 04:21 PM
Just looked through the list of Foobar components at

http://www.foobar2000.org/components

and can't see anything which suggests it might be an AIFF-FLAC or FLAC-AIFF converter......

paddington
2011-08-11, 04:41 PM
My very strong suggestion is to simply get dbPowerAmp and be done with it.

it has supported converting 24bit FLAC to ALAC (Apple Lossless) for almost 2 years, now. It'll have no trouble decoding to AIFF, if that is what you need.

It is a swiss-army knife for audio conversions. I bought it, it works so well. It supports multiple cores, so if you have a Quad Core processor, it'll do 4 files at a time.

I did the whole Beatles 24bit catalog from FLAC to ALAC in about 9 minutes flat. 200+ files. The tags transfer, as well (assuming your destination format supports tagging).

Just get it, and never have to worry about any of it again. Even does ripping in secure mode. I have definitely had my money's worth from it.

http://www.dbpoweramp.com/dmc.htm

suprden
2011-08-11, 05:12 PM
OK, I already have it installed, and the Help says;

"How do I convert my audio files to another format?
Load tracks you want to convert into a playlist, right click, choose 'Convert' from the context menu, click one of sub-options. Converting functionality requires the Converter component to be installed ('Optional Features → Tools → Converter' during installation). First time you convert to some format, you will be asked for a location of a commandline encoder executable required to encode to that format (unless relevant executable can be found in your standard paths or in foobar2000 application directory). Commandline encoders for most audio formats can be found on RareWares."

I don't recall installing any converters at first, and when I load some files into a playlist, and right-click, I don't have a 'Convert' option.

Is it merely a case of finding a converter from Rarewares and placing it in the Foobar directory, or do I need to uninstall and reinstall?

you've dragged and dropped your flacs or aiffs into the foobar player and aren't seeing a 'convert' option when right you right-click? :hmm:

can you see the files in foobar, and play them? if so you should be able to right click and see the convert option.

aiff is natively supported by foobar, so it doesn't need a commandline encoder. for flac, the first time you choose convert foobar will ask for the location of flac.exe. if you have TLH installed, go to C:\Program Files\Trader's Little Helper\CmdlineApps and you'll see it there. flac level 8 will give the smallest file size. choose no processing, choose output folder, then convert.

GRC
2011-08-12, 04:54 AM
you've dragged and dropped your flacs or aiffs into the foobar player and aren't seeing a 'convert' option when right you right-click?

I used the Add Files dialog, but Yes, I can see the files listed in the Default playlist, I can play them, but the right-click menu has

Play
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Remove
Crop
Sort (greyed out)
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Cut
Cop
Paste
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Add to Playback Queue
Open containing folder
Utilities
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Properties



I'm using V 1.1, but the release notes suggest that all changes converter-related were in releases before this - I realise there's more recent versions

suprden
2011-08-15, 02:51 PM
Converting functionality requires the Converter component to be installed ('Optional Features → Tools → Converter' during installation)

I don't recall installing any converters at first, and when I load some files into a playlist, and right-click, I don't have a 'Convert' option.

here's the problem.....reinstall foobar and install all optional components. conversions should work fine after doing so :thumbsup

GRC
2011-08-16, 08:06 AM
here's the problem.....reinstall foobar and install all optional components. conversions should work fine after doing so :thumbsup

Aahhh. That seems to have got it - thanks!

Ninalucklove
2013-11-28, 03:41 AM
Bigasoft Audio Converter can solve the issue for you. Try it.

hmiocwealr
2014-04-10, 04:22 AM
Why don't you give Faasoft Audio Converter a try? Many people recommended it.

Karst
2014-04-13, 04:00 AM
What, for $25? I don't think so.