fre:ac 1.1.7

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If you want a versatile but free audio converter, then try fre:ac, which integrates several encoders for compatibility with different audio formats, including Bonk files. It also functions as a CD ripper that allows you to convert audio CDs to Ogg Vorbis or MP3 file formats.


Features fre:ac:

  • Supports different combinations of audio format conversions
  • Integrates CD ripper
  • Includes audio player
  • Multi-core optimized encoders
  • Full Unicode support for file names and tags
  • Interface supports 39 languages
  • Free and open source

Using fre:ac

fre:ac gave us a number of options during its installation. Apart from choosing the language we wanted to use, we could select the features we wanted to install, such as international language support, easy Update online updater, fre:ac command line interface, smooth Translator utility and fre:ac source code.

We found it easy to use, and the built-in player enabled us to play selected audio files without opening another program. Although the icons on the upper part of the program interface featured no names, placing the cursor over them displayed their respective functions.

We could add items either by pattern or from a folder. The list of files displayed their track numbers, approximate lengths and sizes, and hovering over the file names displayed even more details about them.

The free audio converter uses the Compact Disc Database or CDDB method to read music and search for relevant metadata online. The program automatically reads content and fills relevant information like song, track and artist. At the same time, it allowed us to add or remove details manually, including track, title, album, genre, artist and year.

We had granular control over the output. Some of the things we could do included applying various audio filters, selecting relevant encoders, creating cue sheets and playlists and choosing the default directory for saving converted files. By default, fre:ac selects the music directory. The converter also accepts the installation of both input and output plugins for more functionality. The program let us tailor the quality of the converted files to suit our preferences, including adjusting their bit rates.

You can use the converter to encode all selected files into one file, which is handy if you want to create a medley of songs. Multi-core processing allows the program to take advantage of the power of modern computers for even faster conversions. You can convert a whole library relatively fast. Even if you do not want to blend multiple songs into a single file, the batch processing feature allows you to create a list of files to convert at a go.

Advanced users may prefer using the command line interface, which is especially useful when handling batch scripts.


fre:ac is a versatile program that allows you to perform several tasks for which you would otherwise need different applications. It is a free audio converter, player, CD ripper and tag editor. It is user friendly and supports multi-core processing, which boosts conversion and ripping speeds.


fre:ac 1.1.7 Change Log :

  • New features
    • Added a tool for splitting output by various parameters (e.g. duration or number of files)
    • Added support for dithering when reducing sample resolution
    • Added a matrix surround decoder DSP component
    • Added a volume adjustment DSP component
  • Improvements
    • Added support for WavPack Hybrid Lossless compression with correction files
    • Added support for decoding MPEG-4 DASH files
    • Added support for opening WebM audio files with the .weba extension
    • Added support for downmixing 6.1 channel audio
    • Added support for MusicBrainz metadata in ID3v2, MP4, Vorbis Comment, APEv2 and WMA tags
    • Added support for sort order fields in ID3v2, MP4, Vorbis Comment, APEv2 and WMA tags
    • Added support for rating field in Vorbis Comment, APEv2, MP4 and LIST INFO tags
    • Added rating field to the tag editor
    • Added optional release year column to the joblist
    • Changed filename placeholder to resolve to 1 if disc number is not set
    • Improved compatibility with applications writing non-compliant LIST INFO tags (e.g. Traktor)
    • Added an option to use source file names as output file names if no metadata is present
    • Added an option to control extraction of missing metadata from file names
    • Added an option to restrict file names for reading cover art
    • Added an option to disable intensity stereo phase inversion to Opus settings
    • Added AccurateRip notification options for successful verification and missing database entries
    • Sample rate conversion no longer converts to 32 bit float when the source rate matches the target
    • Added negative exit codes to indicate errors when running freaccmd
    • Added support for KDE color schemes (including dark mode)
    • Improved HiDPI scale factor detection in KDE desktop environments
    • Respect text scaling factor in addition to font size setting on X11 based systems
  • Bug fixes
    • Fixed crashes when decoding ALAC files (especially with the Windows Store version)
    • Fixed failure (hang and abort after several seconds) to decode chapters from ALAC files
    • Fixed interoperability issues of HE- and HEv2-AAC files created with FDK-AAC with foobar2000
    • Fixed incorrect gapless information when creating HE- and HEv2-AAC files with FDK-AAC
    • Fixed incorrect index times in cuesheets for very long multi-track files
    • Fixed incorrect inclusion of data tracks in the audio track count of CD offset strings
    • Fixed old data remaining in place after updating WMA file tags
    • Fixed selected format resetting to first entry when opening WMA config dialog
    • Fixed excessive bitrate when encoding Vorbis on non-x86 LP64 systems
    • Fixed decoding of MP4 files with a single chunk taking excessively long
    • Fixed HDCD detection for tracks starting with more than about one second of silence
    • Fixed floating point samples being converted to integer when creating WavPack files
    • Fixed inability to close cover art popup window on Linux
    • Fixed long paths being converted to 8.3 format on recent versions of Windows
    • Fixed inability to handle long network paths on some versions of Windows
    • Fixed disc insert and removal detection working unreliably on Windows


fre:ac 1.1.7 Change Log :



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