Audio Only Conversion

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#1

Hi I am looking for some of the best software to convert audio files, I used to use SUPER but I think the author is having problems he keeps creating builds every week it seem lately. I am looking for preferably good freeware or if I have to I will pay. Can I get some of the experts opinions out there for conversion like…
AC3 to AAC AC3 to AC3 AC3 to MP2 AC3 to MP3 AC3 to OGG MP2 to AAC MP2 to AC3 MP2 to MP2 MP2 to MP3 MP2 to OGG MP3 to AAC MP3 to AC3 MP3 to MP2 MP3 to MP3 MP3 to OGG WAV to AAC WAV to AC3 WAV to MP2 WAV to MP3 WAV to OGG

It does not have to do all of the above just an example, thanks in advance.


#2

Format Factory is pretty good…does most of what you want I think.
Be careful however…it may try to install extra toolbars…which you can avoid.


#3

[QUOTE=deanimator;2575284]Format Factory is pretty good…does most of what you want I think.
Be careful however…it may try to install extra toolbars…which you can avoid.[/QUOTE]

Thanks hopefully somebody will second your choice thanks for responding


#4

AVI DeMux, while it’s mostly for video, can also do audio only conversions. It’s my ‘go to’ converter.


#5

Format Factory Is not my first choice but does an average job .
AVI DeMux as olyteddy posted is good for many conversions.
Audacity does a good job on many too. Just make sure you get the LAME & FFMpeg libraries that are made for it.
This one takes some more setting up .I like BeSweet used with BeLight GUI .
If you are extracting the .AC3 from a DVD . To extract try DGindex and import VOB-> File->save project and demux video…You’ll have a raw m2v and ac3 file .


#6

[QUOTE=olyteddy;2575343]AVI DeMux, while it’s mostly for video, can also do audio only conversions. It’s my ‘go to’ converter.[/QUOTE]
Thanks Olyteddy

[QUOTE=cholla;2575349]Format Factory Is not my first choice but does an average job .
AVI DeMux as olyteddy posted is good for many conversions.
Audacity does a good job on many too. Just make sure you get the LAME & FFMpeg libraries that are made for it.
This one takes some more setting up .I like BeSweet used with BeLight GUI .
If you are extracting the .AC3 from a DVD . To extract try DGindex and import VOB-> File->save project and demux video…You’ll have a raw m2v and ac3 file .[/QUOTE]
Cholla i basically started the thread looking for like wav, aac, and wma conversion, but if i could find one that does mpeg, avi, and video conversions to i would jump on it. Like i said i am looking to replace the software called “SUPER” by eRightSoft
http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html


#7

I have used Super but overall it is average in it’s conversion quality.
I use several different programs & have not found one that does it all .
Some work better for some conversions than others.
For Audio dBpowerAmp is another good converter.
I have an older freeware version with the correct added codecs that works very well .
You have to pay for the new version but it’s still a pretty good software.


#8

But Cholla in your intial post you did not mention Audio dBpowerAmp for audio, you mentioned AVI DeMux, BeSweet used with BeLight GUI and Audacity.


#9

I think it comes down to personal preference here.

[B]Super[/B] works, but it´s annoying…everyone agrees on that. “It does an average job”…I´m not sure why…can one hear the difference, or is it a matter of how it´s set up?
[B]
Format Factory[/B]…also works, but is “average”. Same question. Conversions are relatively easy to manage and sound fine to me.

I stand ready to hear any explanations as to why these conversions are average.

In addition, there are [B]more tools[/B] here, free, 200 pages of them!

[B]Here[/B] is a pay for software…claims to be pretty good, but I haven´t used it or read any reviews. If it´s better I´d like to know why.

In the end, it may be just personal preference. I stopped using Super a while ago because FF was easier and faster. It seems to be able to get past 90% of movie copy protection as well.
Perhaps you should try it and some of the other members´ suggestions and let us know what conclusions you come to.

Cheers
D


#10

@ deanimator , The average is subjective & in the ears of the listener.
I no longer have Super installed so I can’t post an EncSpot of a .mp3 made with it.
I only did two from the same .wav file . I know Audacity & BeSweet produce about the same .mp3 as dBpowerAmp. I may give AVIDemux a try to see if there is a difference.
dBpowerAmp MP3:

Format Factory MP3:




#11

Ok Cholla…I understand what you mean there.
But is that just the difference between CBR and VBR however. I would assume VBR at a high average rate is the “best” of the MP3 options, but a high enough (or higher) rate CBR is probably as good anyway…or not?


#12

Cholla care to answer my question to you above?

[QUOTE=deanimator;2575432]I think it comes down to personal preference here.

[B]Super[/B] works, but it´s annoying…everyone agrees on that. “It does an average job”…I´m not sure why…can one hear the difference, or is it a matter of how it´s set up?

[B]Format Factory[/B]…also works, but is “average”. Same question. Conversions are relatively easy to manage and sound fine to me.

I stand ready to hear any explanations as to why these conversions are average.

In addition, there are [B]more tools[/B] here, free, 200 pages of them!

[B]Here[/B] is a pay for software…claims to be pretty good, but I haven´t used it or read any reviews. If it´s better I´d like to know why.

In the end, it may be just personal preference. I stopped using Super a while ago because FF was easier and faster. It seems to be able to get past 90% of movie copy protection as well.
Perhaps you should try it and some of the other members´ suggestions and let us know what conclusions you come to.

Cheers
D[/QUOTE]
200 is to much my that’s why I posted on here just trying find one that a couple people agree on, Format Factory a couple of people don’t care to like that one to much.


#13

@ deanimator , I agree with you & for some players CBR is even better .
My problem with Format Factory is it doesn’t have the option of VBR .Also I prefer Stereo to Joint Stereo & that option isn’t available either .
The dBpowerAmp I use is Release 10.1 the last freeware version. I have added various " codecs " to this . The Lame one for .mp3 is easy to add to this version.
I have the later version but after the free trial the .mp3 conversion no longer works.
If you buy the program I understand it does. I have both but the newer one (free after trial version )is now less functional.

@ olyteddy . I tried to open a .wav file with AVI DeMux & it wouldn’t open it.
If you have done this type conversion with AVI DeMux would you post some instructions ?

@ Chala , If you are doing mostly Audio conversions I think the paid for version of dBpowerAmp will work well for you. Just go to the codec page after you install it & get all the available codecs for it.
If you want to go to the trouble BeSweet with BeLight can be a very good converter .
You do need to add “codec” to it & learn how to change settings in the command line window at the lower left of BeLight. I sometimes even run BeSweet from a Command Prompt to do what I want. So some learning curve on it.
Audacity can do several conversions & also does a good job . The latest version also can demux a .vob file if you want the .ac3 file.
If you want to do Audio/Video conversions there are many options depending on what you want to end up with. AVIDemux is a good start .


#14

[QUOTE=cholla;2575513]If you want to go to the trouble BeSweet with BeLight can be a very good converter.[/QUOTE]What kind of trouble are you referring yo Cholla?


#15

I’ve had it set up on my computers for quite a while. I need to see what the stock “install” is compared to what I now have . Actually it is a portable program & doesn’t need to be “installed” . Mine is in it’s own folder on my C: drive.
If you are interested I will see if I can work up a guide for you.


#16

That’s ok Cholla, I am still a little confused as to which program I will install, I don’t want to install all of them as to not clutter up my computer. But thanks for contributing!


#17

Hey chala in IMHO(E) I find that using certain tools dedicated for certain dedicated tasks work best…I typically use video tools for well----video stuff and audio tools for well----audio stuff…But thats just my preference(s)…I’m just not a fan of many all-in-one type proggies/tools…Not saying that there aren’t any good ones, cus there are…Now for audio I prefer the likes of foobar2k, dBpoweramp as well as others…
xrecode is a simple-user-friendly little tool that packs a lot of audio >< converting formats…Pretty much what I think you’re looking for(audio that is)…
http://www.xrecode.com/#Download
It’s trialware however [I]free [/I]if you don’t mind waiting a few seconds for the clock time thingy that pops up before it fires up…Check it out…Good luck!..


#18

@ t0nee1 , I forgot about foobar2k. I haven’t used it but I’ve seen it recommended several times.

I still recommend the dBpowerAmp paid for version with the available plug-ins for ease.

I worked up this guide for a BeLight / BeSweet install :
First create a folder on your C:drive named BeSweet.
Extract the BeSweetv1.5b31.zip , http://dspguru.doom9.net/ , under beta
VOBInput.dll v1.3 , as VOBInput.zip , http://dspguru.doom9.net/ , under plugins&source
AC3enc as BS_ac3enc , http://dspguru.doom9.net/ , under plugins&source
BeLight-0.21.zip , http://kurtnoise.free.fr/BeLight/
bsn_20070513.zip , http://kurtnoise.free.fr/BeLight/
WA_aac-2.3.zip , http://kurtnoise.free.fr/BeLight/
into the BeSweet folder.
Some contents of the individual folders the extracting will create all need to be copied into the BeSweet folder.You can then delete the individual folders.
BeLight-0.21 folder copy all contents to the BeSweet folder.
VOBInput folder copy VOBInput.dll to the BeSweet folder.
The bsn_20070513.zip will extract to a bsn folder with a Release folder.Copy bsn.dll from the Release folder to the BeSweet folder.This will replace the older bsn.dll already in

the BeSweet folder.
Now you need to download lame-398-2.tar.gz from :
http://sourceforge.net/projects/lame/files/lame/3.98.2/
You will need a program like 7-zip to extract this.
Extract to it’s own Lame folder. Copy the lame_enc.dll to the BeSweet folder.
This will replace the older lame_enc.dll already in the BeSweet folder.
Now click on BeLight.exe & run it.You should have a GUI.

These are additional files I have added . I’m not sure all are necessary.
From Nero:
aac.dll ,aacenc32.dll ,aacplus.dll ,Nero Digital Audio (AAC).dll , neroAacDec.exe ,neroAacEnc.exe , neroAacTag.exe
I didn’t track the sources of all of these :
Ac3Encode.ax , Ac3Encode.ax , ac3encode.exp , ac3encode.lib ,
bsconvert.exe , enc_aacplus.dll

FLAC.dll , flac.exe

From Monkeys Audio:
MAC.exe , Monkeys Audio.dll

OggDS.dll

MSVBVM60.DLL , nscrt.dll , Wave.dll , Windows Media Audio V9.1.dll

libvorbis.dll , libflacdec_plugin.dll , libflacsys_plugin.dll , libflac_plugin.dll , libFLAC++.dll , libFLAC.dll


#19

Yeah dBpoweramp is a great proggie IMO…And FWIW some of the converting features will still work after the trialware time expires…Just not the mp3 conversion, IIRC…
I love f2k, it’s not only a great SW player but ohh much much more…There’s also MediaMonkey and winamp of course…


#20

[QUOTE=t0nee1;2575559]Hey chala in IMHO(E) I find that using certain tools dedicated for certain dedicated tasks work best…I typically use video tools for well----video stuff and audio tools for well----audio stuff…But thats just my preference(s)…I’m just not a fan of many all-in-one type proggies/tools…Not saying that there aren’t any good ones, cus there are…Now for audio I prefer the likes of foobar2k, dBpoweramp as well as others…
xrecode is a simple-user-friendly little tool that packs a lot of audio >< converting formats…Pretty much what I think you’re looking for(audio that is)…
http://www.xrecode.com/#Download
It’s trialware however [I]free [/I]if you don’t mind waiting a few seconds for the clock time thingy that pops up before it fires up…Check it out…Good luck!..[/QUOTE]
Nice and neat thanks T0nee1 very simple to understand.[QUOTE=cholla;2575560]@ t0nee1 , I forgot about foobar2k. I haven’t used it but I’ve seen it recommended several times.

I still recommend the dBpowerAmp paid for version with the available plug-ins for ease.

I worked up this guide for a BeLight / BeSweet install :
First create a folder on your C:drive named BeSweet.
Extract the BeSweetv1.5b31.zip , http://dspguru.doom9.net/ , under beta
VOBInput.dll v1.3 , as VOBInput.zip , http://dspguru.doom9.net/ , under plugins&source
AC3enc as BS_ac3enc , http://dspguru.doom9.net/ , under plugins&source
BeLight-0.21.zip , http://kurtnoise.free.fr/BeLight/
bsn_20070513.zip , http://kurtnoise.free.fr/BeLight/
WA_aac-2.3.zip , http://kurtnoise.free.fr/BeLight/
into the BeSweet folder.
Some contents of the individual folders the extracting will create all need to be copied into the BeSweet folder.You can then delete the individual folders.
BeLight-0.21 folder copy all contents to the BeSweet folder.
VOBInput folder copy VOBInput.dll to the BeSweet folder.
The bsn_20070513.zip will extract to a bsn folder with a Release folder.Copy bsn.dll from the Release folder to the BeSweet folder.This will replace the older bsn.dll already in

the BeSweet folder.
Now you need to download lame-398-2.tar.gz from :
http://sourceforge.net/projects/lame/files/lame/3.98.2/
You will need a program like 7-zip to extract this.
Extract to it’s own Lame folder. Copy the lame_enc.dll to the BeSweet folder.
This will replace the older lame_enc.dll already in the BeSweet folder.
Now click on BeLight.exe & run it.You should have a GUI.

These are additional files I have added . I’m not sure all are necessary.
From Nero:
aac.dll ,aacenc32.dll ,aacplus.dll ,Nero Digital Audio (AAC).dll , neroAacDec.exe ,neroAacEnc.exe , neroAacTag.exe
I didn’t track the sources of all of these :
Ac3Encode.ax , Ac3Encode.ax , ac3encode.exp , ac3encode.lib ,
bsconvert.exe , enc_aacplus.dll

FLAC.dll , flac.exe

From Monkeys Audio:
MAC.exe , Monkeys Audio.dll

OggDS.dll

MSVBVM60.DLL , nscrt.dll , Wave.dll , Windows Media Audio V9.1.dll

libvorbis.dll , libflacdec_plugin.dll , libflacsys_plugin.dll , libflac_plugin.dll , libFLAC++.dll , libFLAC.dll[/QUOTE]
Cholla thanks but I don’t think I want to go through all of these for an audio conversion program, it’s quite much. I would rather go with something simple like T0nee1 suggested. I know you put quite a bit of work into this and I thank you for that!