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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.

 
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.

 
fre:ac v1.0.32
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 19:32

fre:ac version 1.0.32 has been released on 13th March 2018.

This release includes some changes to improve usability and fixes several minor issues:

  • changed default output pattern to <artist> - <album> - <track> - <title>
  • improved behaviour of bitrate selection controls
  • show joblist duration in hours if longer than 1 hour
  • fixed issues with encoding to single file when suggested file name becomes too long
  • fixed handling of empty track metadata field
  • fixed handling of invalid Xing/LAME tags
  • fixed FAAC quality setting
  • fixed missing album art mimetype in MP4 metadata
  • fixed TwinVQ and WMA encoders being mixed up in config dialog

Upgrading to fre:ac v1.0.32 is strongly recommended for all users of earlier versions. You can download it at the downloads section of this site.

 
fre:ac v1.1 Alpha 20180306
Tuesday, 06 March 2018 22:37

fre:ac v1.1 Alpha 20180306 has been released and is now available for download!

This release expands on the DSP framework groundwork laid in the previous alpha. It adds new DSP components for sample format and channel conversion and does such conversions automatically where necessary. As a result, you can now join tracks with different sample formats into a single output file.

The new release also adds an RNNoise based DSP component featuring noise reduction for speech and the Rubber Band component which lets you speed up or slow down recordings without changing the pitch.

In addition, and besides numerous minor improvements, the new version includes the latest codec versions and fixes several minor issues.

Upgrading to the 20180306 release is recommended for users of previous alpha or snapshot releases. Please be aware, however, that this is a preview release and not meant for daily work. Please report issues on the SourceForge bug tracker or by email to support@freac.org.

The new release is available in the downloads section.

 
fre:ac v1.0.31a
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 19:53

fre:ac version 1.0.31a has been released on 28th November 2017.

This release updates the FAAC encoder to fix a bug with Joint Stereo MP4/AAC encoding.

Upgrading to fre:ac v1.0.31a is strongly recommended to all users of earlier versions. You can download it at the downloads section of this site.

 
fre:ac v1.0.31
Friday, 24 November 2017 17:53

fre:ac version 1.0.31 has been released on 24th November 2017.

This release fixes issues detecting USB CD drives after a recent Windows update, improves audio format compatibility and updates the included codecs to the latest versions.

Upgrading to fre:ac v1.0.31 is recommended to all users of earlier versions. You can download it at the downloads section of this site.

 
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