BladeEnc is a freeware MP3 encoder. It is based on the same ISO compression routines as mpegEnc, so you can expect roughly the same, or better, quality . The main difference is the appearance and speed. BladeEnc doesn't have a nice, user-friendly interface like mpegEnc, but it is more than three times faster, and it works with several popular front-end graphical user interfaces .
Features common for both BladeEnc.dll and BladeEnc.exe:
Stereo or Mono output. Can downmix to Mono on the fly.
Supports the following bitrates: 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 80, 96, 112, 128, 160, 192, 224, 256 and 320 kBit/s
Flags like Private, Original and Copyright can be set.
Input samples can be in either 32, 44.1 or 48 kHz.
Both 8 and 16-bit samples are supported.
Working CRC checksum generation (since 0.80).
Features specific to
Can be plugged directly into many popular 3rd party products, giving them integrated mp3 encoding abilities.
Encodes chunks of data from memory to memory, no need to use files or pipes.
Features specific to
Can be compiled for nearly any operating system still in use.
Commandline based, makes it easy to include BladeEnc into BAT files and shell scripts.
Only mp3 encoder that supports gapless encoding.
Reads standard uncompressed WAV- and AIFF-files as well as well as RAW PCM-data.
Batch encoding. Can encode any number of samples in a row.
Wildcards supported. You can for example encode all WAV-files in a directory by typing "*.WAV".
Input samples can be automatically deleted after encoding.
Large selection of graphical frontends available.
Task priority can be set from the commandline and is by default set to LOWEST so that you still can use your computer effectively while encoding (Windows & OS/2 only).
Full support for pipes and redirection (stdin and stdout).
Textbased configuration file where you can change default settings.
Audacity is a free, multiplatfrom audio editor (Windows, Mac OS 9/X, Linux/Unix). You can record sounds, play sounds, import and export WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis files, and more. Use it to edit your sounds using Cut, Copy and Paste (with unlimited Undo), mix tracks together, or apply effects to your recordings. It also has a built-in amplitude envelope editor, a customizable spectrogram mode and a frequency analysis window for audio analysis applications. Built-in effects include Bass Boost, Wahwah, and Noise Removal, and it also supports VST plug-in effects. There's also localization support, full-duplex mode, and a lot-lot more!
A really nice oldskool-style MIDI-capable virtual synth and tracker
(song composer) in one, ported from the good old DOS to Windows!
It has it's own style user interface (fixed window size, F5/F6 or
mouse to choose/scroll between the two program screens), fortunately
it's easy to use. To create a song you can use drumbanks (built of WAV
samples, you can even save the banks for later use) and eight channels
of generated sounds (with echo, reverb, filtering, envelopes and more!)
There are tons of presets and a nice randomizing feature.
The .AXS file format the editor produces can also be played with a
WinAmp plugin. Unfortunately the documentation is missing from this
version. You gotta try this, it's great even if you just wanna have some fun ;)
CDex is a really outstanding piece of tool to do all sorts of things audio related. Mainly focused on ripping and converting, things like turning your home Compact Disc collection into an mp3 collection on your hard drive become extremely easy. With built in support for many encoders you wont find any shortage of options for your media files. Below is a more in-depth explination of CDex features.
Mature, professional, easy-to-use interface
Media File Player
Create PLS and M3U playlist files
Advanced jitter correction
Support for many file formats/audio encoders (WAV, MP3, OGG, VQF, APE, etc) and on-the-fly encoding
Support for ID3 V1 and V2 tags
Support for normalization of audio files
Support for transcoding of compressed audio files
Support for local and remote CDDB
Support for recording from the analog input line
You might have troubles when trying to extract an Audio CD - all the softwares of this kind might warn you about some ASPI/ATAPI drivers. In any case, check this page about ASPI drivers. There's a really great chance that the first (Adaptec) driver will help you (as it did for me)!
If you're not a real beginner in digital music creation, you must
have been met with programs called "trackers". These programs
help you to easily create music with the computer, by loading
sound samples (eg. sound of a piano) and playing them in different pitches
on multiple channels. The files trackers create are called modules, and
are really popular - that's why there are tons of different trackers,
module and sample formats. ModPlug Tracker is one of the best trackers
under Windows, with professional features: tons of known module and
instrument formats (existing modules can be used as instrument banks,
which makes intrument ripping a piece of cake :), built-in sample editor,
tons of effects (bass expansion, reverb, pro-logic surround, graphic eq,
automatic gain control, DirectX and VST plugin support per channel,
configurable keyboard layout (with FastTracker 2/Impulse Tracker presets),
MIDI support, and a lot more!
Well, ModPlug Tracker is simply great - and has all the features need to
create an award-winning album. But remember, the best computer
and/or program might not be enough if you do not have a little bit
of talent :)
...it was "only" a module player (XM, S3M and the like) in the past,
now it's grown up, and plays even MP3, OGG - and anything you may want!
You can install your favourite WinAmp input plugins to play anything
that's possible, and Sonique vis-plugins to enjoy endless
multimedia pleasure. Reading M3U playlists is a piece
of cake for the player (you can also create and save your own tracklist if
you want to).
Though it has tons of cool features, why I'm using XMPlay is
is it's superb sounding moduleplayer-engine with
reverb, surround and equalizer options. A two-seconds hacking on the
Output options screen makes your modules sound like if they were
recorded in a studio. Ofcourse all the Impulse Tracker's .IT
effects/NNA/DCA/filters are supported, and the FastTracker 2 .XM playing
is simply perfect - not to mention the player's MOD, MO3 (MP3/OGG
compressed MOD), MTM and UMX knowledge.
It has to be enough for now, if you still don't want to download XMPlay,
I'm gonna surrender :)