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Last post Author Topic: Fastest Audio Converter  (Read 12424 times)

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Fastest Audio Converter
« on: December 01, 2010, 10:18:59 PM »
I regularly convert WMA audio files to MP3 files, and have tested many free programs including:

the Koyote Soft Free MP3 WMA converter

the open source Freac

NCH Swift Sound converter

Pazera Free Audio extractor

the BeeThink Music Handle

and a few others, and they all took over 3 minutes to convert a 93 MB WMA file recorded at 44199 Hz to a file @ 22,050 Hz   96 kbits per second joint stereo

and then I tested the Free Audio Converter 7.1.5 that I downloaded from http://www.free-audi...audio_converter.html

and it took only one minute! (over three times faster than the best of the other freeware programs!)

It can convert between MP3, OGG, WAV, and WMA files with excellent control over all settings.

I wanted all of you to know of this great program.

Thanks

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2010, 04:06:59 AM »
You have to agree to this to install it.

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2010, 09:23:39 AM »
Dear cmpm,

thank you very much for the heads up, I missed that.

Can any of you help me find a really fast and flexible audio converter that doesn't have this catch?

thanks

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2010, 10:13:46 AM »
VLC can convert, don't know if it's fast or has enough options for you.

http://www.filehippo.com/download_vlc/

Also mp3 Convert Master may help.
A trial period, then $15 and I'm not sure if it will do what you want.
Just have to check it out I suppose....

http://www.mp3convertmaster.com/

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2010, 10:35:46 AM »
I just tested MP3 Convert Master and it's slow, and has a really ugly as well as kludgy interface (e.g. no clear indication of processing progress or even that it's started processing)

I've had BSOD in the past with VLC so I'll give that one a pass.

Thank you for looking for me.

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2010, 04:27:48 PM »
BonkEnc? http://www.bonkenc.org/
Personally *quality* is more important than raw speed for me, but I guess when you're converting from one lossy format to another it may not be the primary concern as much is already lost.

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2010, 05:01:42 PM »
Thanks for telling, Hank. However, it is not for me. The faster the conversion, the poorer the quality. Period! If the audio track is 5 minutes, the conversion should take 5 minutes and some. It is easy (for me) to hear the difference if I convert on double speed; the curtain in front of the sound gets even thicker, the bass even more muddy.
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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2010, 05:13:21 PM »
Dear Curt,

You are missing the fact that software that uses more than one core at a time will be significantly faster.

I did A-B comparisons of the file as converted by slow and very fast programs and any difference was completely inaudible to me.

thank you all for you help.

Also, the Bonk aka fre:ac converter was one I tested. slow

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2010, 05:25:11 PM »
I use a converter that will convert 10-12 files at the same time, at 1:1 speed.
That makes it 12 files a' 5 minutes, converted in 5 minutes and some.

Edited:
I can click "fast", and it will convert 16-18 files in 3 minutes (double speed).
« Last Edit: December 02, 2010, 05:28:43 PM by Curt »

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2010, 05:51:38 PM »
The fastest converter is not a converter but a transcoder ;-)

The people behind the free MediaCoder should be whipped for adding nagging features to their program... remember to scroll down their homepage and click "do not open this next time" etcetera!! :o , but the transcoding is very fast and of high quality.

http://www.mediacode...hq.com/editions.html

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2010, 06:13:12 PM »
Dear Curt,

Boy is mediacoder confusing.

I downloaded the CUDA version and the menu was in either Japanese or Chinese (I don't know which) with no way to get it in English

so I downloaded the 64 bit version and kept being sent back to their website with NoScript warnings when I tried to set up the program.

Should I just give up on mediacoder? Is it a web-based solution? What a terrible design.

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2010, 06:25:50 PM »
I finally got MediaCoder to work, and it's very slow (about 3x slower than the average program or more) so I'm not sure why it's considered so fast.

Perhaps if I got the CUDA version in English...

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2010, 07:10:36 PM »
sorry, I didn' imagine such scenario in advance. Use either Audio or Full Edition only. CUDA is for hand-held devices.

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2010, 08:14:21 PM »
have you tried winLAME?

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2010, 12:21:39 AM »
Just tried winLAME. about twice as slow as most programs and 6 times slower than the fastest one.

Again, thanks to all of you for your suggestions. I'm happy to try them all out.

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2010, 06:10:17 AM »
sorry to hear that, i wonder if the underlying LAME dll is the latest.. in any case, i have another suggestion - Free Mp3/Wma/Ogg Converter.

btw, i don't come across much WMA files so i haven't tried this before..

http://freemp3wmacon...Converter/index.html

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2010, 11:22:38 AM »
Thank you for the recommendation.

Yes, I had tested that one too. (About 3 - 4 minutes to convert my file).

By the way, I retested the fastest program and I really can't hear any difference at all.


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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #17 on: December 03, 2010, 09:51:27 PM »
I've been using Easy CD-DA ( http://www.poikosoft.com/) for years to convert between formats with excellent results.

It is fast, but not free - $32.23 or $53.71 for a lifetime license.  It has a 30-day trial period, so you can try it on your file and see if it is worth the cost to you.

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2010, 10:32:30 PM »
Easy CD-DA has a nice interface, but is again much slower than average.

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2010, 01:46:37 PM »
sorry, I didn' imagine such scenario in advance. Use either Audio or Full Edition only. CUDA is for hand-held devices.

@Curt

Hey Curt - please let me correct you.
CUDA hast nothing to do with hand-held devices. It's a a parallel computing architecture developed by NVIDIA that let programs (developed with a special api) use the graphics processing units (GPUs) to work faster.

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2010, 03:27:12 PM »
CUDA hast nothing to do with hand-held devices. It's a a parallel computing architecture developed by NVIDIA that let programs (developed with a special api) use the graphics processing units (GPUs) to work faster.

thanks for correcting me  :up:  How will it respond if the pc doesn't have nVidia Cuda?
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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2010, 03:51:33 PM »
I was confused by Hank saying that MediaCoder was very slow. It must have been the settings that were "wrong". 15 seconds to convert ("transcode") a normal 5 minutes song, from wma to mp3, is not slow at all:

click to enlarge, to see the settings:


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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2010, 05:32:26 PM »
Dear Curt,

Your numbers are correct, but I'm converting files much larger than that, and Mediacoder takes 3 minutes or more for each, compared to one minute for the Free Audio Converter 7.1.5 which has the unfortunate Relevant Knowledge "spyware" included with it.

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2010, 02:47:14 AM »
I'm keeping my point of view.

114 MB in 35 seconds:

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270 MB in 80 seconds:

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Re: Fastest Audio Converter
« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2010, 03:40:38 AM »
The previous transcoding examples were converted into MP3 CBR mode. MP3 VBR mode is even faster:

From a single ½ GigaBytes, 78 minutes long 44.100 WMA Lossless (1192 kbps) file into 22.050 MP3 VBR 64 81 kbps: 112 seconds!

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« Last Edit: December 05, 2010, 03:47:57 AM by Curt »