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LAME

Open Source by The LAME Project |

LAME is a high quality MPEG Audio Layer III (MP3) encoder licensed under the LGPL. It is considered the best MP3 encoder at mid-high bitrates and at VBR. Both quality and speed improvements are still happening, probably making LAME the only MP3 encoder still being actively developed. Mike Cheng started it as a patch against the 8hz-MP3 encoder sources. After some quality concerns raised by others, he decided to start from scratch based on the dist10 sources. His goal was only to speed up the... More info »

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Maccompiled binaries can be obtained with a converter app or downloaded directly at http://www.thalictrum.com/, Windowscompiled binaries can be obtained with a converter app or downloaded directly at http://www.rarewares.org/mp3-lame-bundle.php, Linux

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Recomended configuration

Comment by kn about LAME Also mentioning: Banshee Jul 2011

I tried every possible configuration and ripped my CD collection over and over with different settings. After all this years I suddenly became aware that LAME is very easy to configure:

lame -V2 input.wav output.mp3

That's it. "-V2" produces ˜190 kbs with so much quality that its impossible to tell input from output. This is tantamount to Banshee's quality setting VBR 7.

 



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