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Say, what is the best conversion method for converting music (mainly WAV or WindowsMediaFiles) to mp3? Ive tried the on-line conversion site Zamzar.com and also several of the recommended free mp3 converters available on www.download.com. Zamzar always has a noticeable loss in audio-quality, imho. The mp3 conversion programs Ive downloaded also always seem to have a lower audio quality, and usually point me in the direction of some premium program. I wont even mention the adware, confusing sales-pitches and/or pop-ups these programs always seem to have. I dont mind paying for a mp3 converter program, but Id like to know what Im getting first. I would like the highest audio-quality mp3s possible (is that 360 bps or something). The mp3s I get from CDBabay or Amazon.com always sound way better than the mp3s Ive ripped myself using these available programs or web-site services. Anyway, with how common mp3s are on the internet, it seems like there should be a reliable, straightforward and relatively inexpensive (if not free) means to acquire high audio-quality mps conversion. Im definitely anxious to hear the recommendations from fellow posters to this forum. Thanks!!! David Leinweber


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Download Audacity from - Here

and download the LAME encoder on the same page and install it. You can then import your WAV, edit it if you wish, and export it as an mp3 in any level of quality you wish using the options on the export page.


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Dave (and Colin), I got real tired of trying to find a copy of that Audacity add-on (it was hard to find a working version of Audacity in the first place). I paid for and downloaded a hokey little program called "audiomp3maker" instead. Main hassle I have with audiomp3maker is it will only read music files from a CD--not the hard drive.

From Audacity, I save a "project" as a *.wav file (which Audacity will do without add-ons), dump it to a CD, re-insert the CD, and have audiomp3maker convert it to *.mp3. I probably could have Windows Media Player (or whatever it's called) do it, but I think my program is less hassle. 'Sides, I paid for it, so I'm going to use it.

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Hey David,

I used to use a free program called Audiograbber. It's very easy to use and does a lot of things. Do a search and you'll find it for download.



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Hey thanks for the tips. Yes, actually I tried to download the Audacity and LAME, but I couldn't seem to make it work. Something about it not taking Windows Media Files, due to drm. I'm probably doing something wrong, I'm sure. I did spend almost thirty minutes trying to convert to mp3 and I never even was able to open a file. I know a lot of people I trust and respect love Audacity but it's learning curve seems to be a bit beyond my ken. Hey, maybe I'll try some of these other programs.

One thing that might be messing things up is that my friend/engineer used ITunes to burn the CDs of my originals. I don't know if that adds DRM or not, but ITunes is another program I've learned not to trust because I've always had trouble making it work in a easy, troublefree manner.


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Originally Posted by Joe Wrabek
Dave (and Colin), I got real tired of trying to find a copy of that Audacity add-on (it was hard to find a working version of Audacity in the first place). ...
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Joe, The converter link is on the same page as the download for Audacity. if you're using Windows, along with the plugin add ons for outboard plugins.
Or, there's always The LAME web site.

It's an easy install and then you can covert directly from Audacity.

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Well, I know there are a lot of Audacity fans here and I'm sure they get good results with it. I've found it hard to learn but that's probably just me.

Assuming you are in Windows, here's my recommendation: go to http://www.reaper.fm and download REAPER. REAPER is not "free" per-se as Audacity is, but it is free to demo in un-crippled form for as long as you want, on the honor system. You may ultimately find that it's an intuitive, powerful DAW as I have and will want to later pay the $60 for the non-commercial license.

Anyway, once you have installed REAPER, go to http://www.free-codecs.com/Lame_Encoder_download.htm and download the latest stable version of LAME. You will then unzip that downloaded file and find, in the resulting folder, lame_enc.dll . Copy that to the main Program Files\REAPER folder.

You can then start REAPER, import your WAV, and FILE\Render and click the various options to render to mp3 at whatever bit rate you want. Not hard once you get into it.

(Do I get compensation for recommending REAPER? I wish!)

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Why do you have WMA files in the first place? You can rip a CD straight to MP3 by selecting the pull down option under rip in windows media player and select either wav or Mp3.
Audiograbber will convert protected files either in batches or individually to MP3 with one click.
I would not use Audacity for changing wav or WMA to Mp3 there are better and easier ways. Try NCH switch it has a free trial period but most converters only do what windows media player will do automatically already.
That said Audacity is a very simple and user friendly recording facility. The learning curve is very easy. If you have trouble with this then avoid Reaper as it is far more complicated to use..

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I second Jim's recommendation for NCH Switch. Their free version works great and doesn't expire. It's a slimmed down version of their commercial program but if you only need to convert to mp3 (among other formats), the free version works great!

320kbps mp3 files sound very close to CD quality.


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David, what program do you use that makes WAVs and WMAs but not MP3s? Sounds like Cubase...if I guessed right, I'll suggest you download their add-on MP3 encoder that will allow you to export directly to high quality MP3.

And if I guessed wrong...then, oh well.

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Hey Mark I doubt David is using Cubase. He stated that the learning curve for Audacity was steep and way beyond him. That could never come from a guy who uses Cubase.

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Hey, thanks for the all the input. I think I've resolved the problem. I downloaded an updated version of Windows Media Player and it does indeed seem to convert my files to high-quality (320) mp3s. I was using an old Windows Media Player Version 9 and the screens and tabs weren't the same as folks here described them -- particularly the fact that there didn't seem to be an MP3 tab anywhere on my older version of the program.

I have Cubase with my H4n handrecorded and yes indeed, I find it very hard to operate. I've got it to work once or twice out of numerous times and I always seem to end up downloading the same "patch" that makes it work for that one time only. LOL.


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I must admit I prefer the older Windows Media players. The new versions want to take over the world and from a user friendly perspective are harder to organise and use. I prefer VLC it is free and more user friendly with less hiccups. Give it a try.

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Someone on here told me to download Switch Sound File Converter. It works great! I am not computer savvy and I figured it out. So I am sure it will be easy for you. Good luck!!


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Hey Guys,
I have Express Burn which I'm trying now. Recording my stuff to an Mp3 format cd has been a nightmare of sorts. As a home computer songwriter, etc. I made my own cds for CD Baby and now they want more.. Two questions:
I burned my songs to a cd Mp3 and put it in my freestanding cdplayer on my desk and it won't read it. I know it's older but this is annoying...Plus, when I put it in a different computer the properties said Mp3 format yet the titles were not there.. It said track 1,,etc. which I thought was strange.
The second question was when I contacted CD Baby about how to put my ISRC numbers on each song... they told me to contact the Mastering Studio. My Computer again.
I just want to do things right.... That's all!
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Originally Posted by Muskie

I burned my songs to a cd Mp3 and put it in my freestanding cdplayer on my desk and it won't read it. I know it's older but this is annoying.


A normal CD player will not read an mp3 file. You will need to convert it to a WAV file. Also, even after converting to WAV, some older CD players may not recognize a CD-R.

Good luck with your project.


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The format I've noticed older CD players seem to like (I've never had a new one) is *.cda (CD-audio). The way I get it is to shove a blank CD into the drive on my 'puter, and when it asks, "You want to burn a CD?" I say "Yes." And it does it as *.cda. If I want to put *.mp3 or *.wav files on the disk, I have to treat it as "data" instead.

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Hold the bus...there is some confusion here. A conventionally burned CD audio can be played on any CD player DVD player or computer. MP3 CDs (data) can only be read by computers DVD players and SOME modern CD players that have a MP3 facility.
It is always best to burn a CD in CDA format that will play on everything. When burning audio tracks to CD most burners will automatically convert files to CD audio.
A data CD will hold many more MP3 tracks than a CD audio so it is useful if creating hard backup. A DVD data disc IMO is the best way of creating hard back ups of large quantities of Mp3.
It is not recommended to record in a Mp3 format as the quality is not up to scratch. Record in WAV format and then burn that to a CD.

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I thank you all for your responses. CD Baby has not been clear about this issue to me. The first 5 sent to them were Mp3's and they sold all but one of them. So, now they want more. My Media Player works just fine for the regular audio output to a cd... it can get very confusing all the different formats. I was told once to put my cd on a M3u format. . Which is strange to me. I haven't done that .. I'll have to get CD Baby to clarify this one way or the other. I can understand the Mp3 format for downloads from their site and others. But a basic audio version would make more sense. As for wav.s that's how everything I do is recorded and I run it thru a converter cDEX which works just fine. Has anyone done ISRC numbers within their tracks? Most likely it's in the properties of the song but I'm not sure.


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Has anyone tried the ID3 program for placing their ISRC numbers?


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Okay, I put my ISRC numbers in the Metadata place in the Mp3 format per song.. Took forever. I used a stamp ID3. Very confusing where to put it once you get there but I Guessed. A spot said encode.?? Brought the files all back to my burner of which I've tried abouit three now. (programs). When you output as an audio burn I notice that your data doesn't come with it.
It says Track 1, track 2 .. Also, unknown artist in the title, etc. This is what I'm talking about. No Standards...Sound Exchange has over $400 million sitting there for the songwriters and yet Many don't have these numbers on there songs. Yes, I know it's for internet and sat. radio, etc... BUT, how will any of us know if our stuff gets played by this mode? This is a wav or Mp3 format , true. But we sell cd's as audio. We send them to radio stations as audio yet many of the modern stations are streamimg. I don't know? Where are the standards that make realistic sense to what we are trying to do? I love writing songs and I'm sure the rest of you feel the same. I'm not a techy and I just want to do it right , like I said. LOL!


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There's always iTunes. I use a mac, so most of the time I use iTunes to convert music files to mp3 if they aren't a mp3 already. Or, what others said... Audacity.


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