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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 v1.0.30
Saturday, 16 September 2017 21:04

fre:ac version 1.0.30 has been released on 16th September 2017.

The new release updates the FAAC encoder to fix an issue with high bitrates, slightly improves the CDDB submit dialog and improves compatibility with virtual drive software.

Upgrading to fre:ac v1.0.30 is recommended to all users of earlier versions. You can download it at the downloads section of this site.

 
Introducing SuperFast codecs
Sunday, 03 September 2017 18:14

Available today are multi-threaded Opus, FAAC and Core Audio codec drivers for fre:ac 1.1 Alpha. These components, dubbed SuperFast codecs, use multiple codec instances in parallel to provide faster processing on systems with multiple CPU cores.

The new technology enables significant speed-ups for conversions to single output files and in situations where the number of available CPU threads is higher than the number of tracks to convert. It works with unmodified codecs and will later be rolled-out to other codecs like LAME, FDK-AAC and Speex.

A preview release of fre:ac with SuperFast Opus, FAAC and Core Audio codec drivers is available at GitHub. The multi-threaded components will replace the regular ones in a future fre:ac 1.1 alpha or beta release.

To learn more about the technical details behind multi-threaded codec drivers, head over to the blog post on Multithreaded Opus and AAC encoding.

 
fre:ac v1.1 Alpha 20170902
Saturday, 02 September 2017 17:31

fre:ac v1.1 Alpha 20170729 has been released and is now available for download!

This constitutes the latest snapshot preview of continued development towards fre:ac 1.1. Due to many users being confused by the previous naming of the two release series, the snapshot releases will be called 1.1 Alpha from now on.

The new release updates the FAAC/FAAD2 and Opus codecs to their latest versions and fixes instabilities on macOS and Linux.

Upgrading to the 20170902 release is strongly recommended if you are using an earlier snapshot version. 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 v1.0.29
Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:13

fre:ac version 1.0.29 has been released on 31st August 2017.

The new release now uses the mpg123 library for more reliable MP3 decoding, updates the FAAC/FAAD2 codec to the latest version and fixes several minor issues.

Upgrading to fre:ac v1.0.29 is recommended to all users of earlier versions. You can download it at the downloads section of this site.

 
Code repositories migrated to Git
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 16:02

The fre:ac code repositories have been migrated from the aging CVS to contemporary Git repositories. The new repositories are hosted at GitHub (fre:ac, BoCA) and mirrored at SourceForge (fre:ac, BoCA). Full history of commits is preserved in the new repositories.

Feel free to fork the code and send pull requests!

The previous CVS repositories will be available for one more week and then be taken offline.

 

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