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Welcome to the fre:ac project
Sunday, 11 July 2010 14:00

fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper with support for various popular formats and encoders. It currently converts between MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats.

With fre:ac you easily rip your audio CDs to MP3 or WMA files for use with your hardware player or convert files that do not play with other audio software. You can even convert whole music libraries retaining the folder and filename structure.

The integrated CD ripper supports the CDDB/freedb online CD database. It will automatically query song information and write it to ID3v2 or other title information tags.

Features (click an entry to see details)

  • Converter for MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats

    fre:ac converts freely between all supported formats. No matter if you need WMA to MP3, MP3 to WAV, M4A to MP3, WAV to MP3 or any other conversion, fre:ac supports any combination of formats.

  • Integrated CD ripper with CDDB/freedb title database support

    The integrated CD ripper will convert your audio CDs to files on your hard disk. It supports all of the formats available for regular audio file conversion. fre:ac can query the CDDB/freedb online CD database to find artist and title information prior to ripping. No need to enter track names manually.

  • Portable application, install on a USB stick and take it with you

    fre:ac can be installed on a USB stick or external drive so you can take it with you and use it on any computer. It will also store its configuration files on the portable drive. That way it will always start up with your custom settings.

  • Multi-core optimized encoders to speed up conversions on modern PCs

    The MP3, MP4/M4A, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC and Bonk encoders integrated with fre:ac make use of modern multi-core CPUs, so ripping and converting speeds get a real boost. You will save time and get the job done quickly.

  • Full Unicode support for tags and file names

    fre:ac provides full support for the Unicode character set. That way it can handle not only Latin scripts, but also Japanese, Cyrillic, Arabic or Indian. If you like music from all over the world, you can tag your files correctly.

  • Easy to learn and use, still offers expert options when you need them

    fre:ac's user interface is designed to be intuitive so you will be able to use the basic features without any trouble. It still offers advanced options when you need them so you will be able to go beyond simple ripping and format conversion using fre:ac.

  • Multilingual user interface available in 40 languages

    fre:ac comes with a multilingual user interface and is currently available in 40 languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Spanish (Latin American), Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Vietnamese, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Polish, Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Estonian, Lithuanian, Greek, Turkish, Hungarian, Romanian, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Hebrew, Arabic, Afrikaans, Basque, Esperanto, Galician, Catalan and Valencian). It can be translated to other languages easily using the 'smooth Translator' utility that is included in the distribution.

  • Completely free and open source without a catch

    fre:ac is available for free without any adware or other foul things. However, the project relies on your support to be able to push the development further. If you like this software, please consider making a donation. Click on one of the icons in the donation section to the right to support the fre:ac project with a donation.

 
fre:ac v1.1 Alpha 20180913
Thursday, 13 September 2018 21:04

fre:ac v1.1 Alpha 20180913 has been released and is now available for download!

This is the first release to integrate the SuperFast multi-threaded encoding technology into the main development branch. This feature is still marked as experimental and may be enabled on the Resources page of the configuration dialog.

Other changes in this release are:

  • added support for configuring all codecs in the command line interface
  • improved UI adjustment to translated text widths
  • improved HiDPI support

Upgrading to the 20180913 release is recommended for users of previous alpha or snapshot releases. All users of the stable release of fre:ac are encouraged to try this alpha instead. Please report issues on the GitHub issue tracker or by email to support@freac.org.

The new release is available in the downloads section.

 
SuperFast Codecs Preview Release 3
Saturday, 21 July 2018 09:46

A third preview release of the SuperFast multi-threaded codec drivers for fre:ac is now available. These components use multiple codec instances in parallel to provide faster processing on systems with multiple CPU cores.

This update adds support for the LAME MP3 encoder and fixes some minor issues with the AAC encoders.

The preview release is available at GitHub. Additional information on how SuperFast LAME is implemented can be found in this blog post.

 
fre:ac v1.1 Alpha 20180716
Monday, 16 July 2018 22:19

fre:ac v1.1 Alpha 20180716 has been released and is now available for download!

This is mostly a bugfix release and comes with the following changes:

  • fixed a crash when opening files with embedded PNG images
  • fixed FLAC and Ogg Vorbis codecs being unavailable on macOS
  • improved handling of compilations with freedb metadata
  • improved album artist handling in the tag editor

Upgrading to the 20180716 release is recommended for users of previous alpha or snapshot releases. All users of the stable release of fre:ac are encouraged to try this alpha instead. Please report issues on the GitHub issue tracker or by email to support@freac.org.

The new release is available in the downloads section.

 
fre:ac v1.1 Alpha 20180710
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 21:46

fre:ac v1.1 Alpha 20180710 has been released and is now available for download!

The conversion engine has been updated to allow parallel conversions with different settings, improve automatic ripping usability with multiple drives and allow song playback while a conversion is running.

Additionally, the new release now contains the faster CRC algorithms mentioned in the blog to improve FLAC and Monkey's Audio processing speed, comes with improved configuration dialogs for external codecs and includes a reworked donation dialog with support for additional payment methods.

This release also fixes several bugs and comes with a lot of polishing for the upcoming fre:ac v1.1 beta and should be very close to beta quality already.

Upgrading to the 20180710 release is recommended for users of previous alpha or snapshot releases. All users of the stable release of fre:ac are encouraged to try this alpha instead. Please report issues on the GitHub issue tracker or by email to support@freac.org.

The new release is available in the downloads section.

 
SuperFast Codecs Preview Release 2
Sunday, 15 April 2018 18:26

A second preview release of the SuperFast multi-threaded codec drivers for fre:ac is now available. These components use multiple codec instances in parallel to provide faster processing on systems with multiple CPU cores.

This update adds support for the FDK-AAC and Speex encoders, tunes parameters to improve Opus and Core Audio AAC quality and fixes some minor issues.

The preview release is available at GitHub.

 
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