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FlacSquisher 1.2.0 released, New support for Mono, and ReplayGain
UNHchabo
post Nov 26 2013, 09:40
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FlacSquisher is a GUI utility for Windows that encodes your collection of FLAC files using either LAME or OggEnc, maintaining the directory structure from the FLAC collection. Already-encoded files are ignored, so after ripping a new CD that's the only one that will be encoded. I just released 1.2.0, with some new features that HA users might enjoy.

New features:
  • Full support for Linux using Mono
  • Support for ReplayGain tags, including the "--gain" tag in LAME 3.100


http://sourceforge.net/projects/flacsquisher/

If you have any feedback, please let me know!


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BFG
post Nov 30 2013, 23:56
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Please pardon my questions of ignorance, but as I'm a casual user and this is the first time I've heard of this software, please bear with me.

(1) Are you saying that I could run my entire FLAC collection through this tool to generate MP3s via LAME, in the same folder structure?
(2) Does the version of LAME matter? I prefer to use halb27's 3.100m variant, with the switches -V0 -cvbr 3 -Y --lowpass -1. Some of those are switches not available in the latest release, 3.99.5.
(3) Are all tags automatically transferred from the APE-type stored in a FLAC container to ID3v2 compatible ones, including album art and lyrics?
(4) Is there any way to also have the software run MP3Packer after LAME has completed? How about MP3Gain? (Halb27's variant runs MP3Packer automatically, but the standard version doesn't. It might be a good addition.)
(5) Is there any way to also copy JPG/PNG files that are stored in the source FLAC directories to the destination MP3 directories?

Thanks in advance!
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UNHchabo
post Dec 6 2013, 05:45
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JJZolx already answered #1 pretty well. As for the other questions:

QUOTE (BFG @ Nov 30 2013, 14:56) *
(2) Does the version of LAME matter? I prefer to use halb27's 3.100m variant, with the switches -V0 -cvbr 3 -Y --lowpass -1. Some of those are switches not available in the latest release, 3.99.5.


By default I include the Rarewares version of Lame bundled with the libsndfile DLL -- this version allows calling Lame directly on Flac files. If you use a different version, check the "Using non-standard copy of Lame" box in the Options window, so that FlacSquisher knows to decode the Flac file separately. However, currently there's a bug in that Lame release that doesn't throw an error if a non-audio file is passed in, so at the moment FlacSquisher decodes separately anyway, but after that bug is fixed I'll go back to the old method.

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(3) Are all tags automatically transferred from the APE-type stored in a FLAC container to ID3v2 compatible ones, including album art and lyrics?


The most common tags (title, album, artist, album artist, date, track, disc, genre) are transferred over by default, along with embedded album art (limited to 128KB due to Lame's restriction), and ReplayGain tags are transferred if the appropriate option is selected. So far I've been adding tags individually -- JJZolx had a few suggestions for letting the user pick what tags they want. In the meantime, if there are any specific tags you think should be supported by default, that would likely be easy to implement.

The exception is lyrics -- so far there doesn't seem to be a set standard for lyrics in Vorbis comments like there is for ID3. MediaMonkey uses a "lyrics" tag, while OCRemix uses the Comment field. I may add the comment field sometime, but it is slightly harder because it can span multiple lines unlike the fields I've implemented so far.

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(4) Is there any way to also have the software run MP3Packer after LAME has completed? How about MP3Gain? (Halb27's variant runs MP3Packer automatically, but the standard version doesn't. It might be a good addition.)


Yeah, I might be able to add support for MP3Packer later on; would use of Halb's Lame build be good enough though? As for MP3Gain, with Lame 3.100, FlacSquisher 1.2.0 can change the volume, so you don't need to use MP3Gain as far as I can tell.

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(5) Is there any way to also copy JPG/PNG files that are stored in the source FLAC directories to the destination MP3 directories?


Yeah; open the Options window and you should see jpg and png under the file extensions copied by default.


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