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Problem installing WavPack Plugin Nero 12 Windows 7, official instructions are for earlier Nero or not applicable to Win7
Fleegle
post Oct 12 2012, 21:24
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I want to convert WavPack to MP3 so that I can play them in iTunes and on iPod.

I downloaded Nero 12 trial, intending to buy when I can get this to work. I downloaded "Plugin for Ahead Nero Burning Rom" from WavPack.com. The instructions say to copy nxWavPack.dll to \program files\Common Files\Ahead\AudioPlugins. Obviously applies to earlier Windows version.

So I translated that into Win7 to mean put the DLL \Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Nero\... because there's a folder there and AFAIK Nero does not use the Ahead name anymore. Problem: there is no AudioPlugins folder. I created a folder with that name and put the DLL in it, but it had no effect.

I'm guessing the official instructions at WavPack.com apply to earlier versions of Nero and earlier versions of Windows. I've Google searched for an hour figuring that for sure somebody else has the same problem--and an answer--but found nothing. I searched Hydrogen Audio for a solution and found nothing.

In theory I should be able to get Nero 12 (Nero Recode) to import WavPack files and transcode them into any format supported by Nero. Can anybody please tell me how?
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Fleegle
post Oct 20 2012, 17:10
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I hate topics where the OP gets his problem solved, and then disappears without telling how he solved it. Then years later somebody has the same problem and they find this topic via Google search, and read the whole topic and there's no solution at the end. So...

How I solved the problem stated in the OP:

I uninstalled the Nero 12 trial. They're just so screwed up that they give prospective purchasers a broken tool to evaluate. I had no way of telling if Nero would help me solve my problems when I paid for the product. They just lost a purchase.

Instead I reinstalled Nero 9 from the previous versions at Nero's site. I saved my product code from previous installations so it was no problem to get it going. I put the WavPack DLL in \Program Files (x86)\Nero 9\Nero Burning ROM\AudioPluginManager.

Then I downloaded and installed Exact Audio Copy (donationware). It has a function that I can break up a big WAV file into individual tracks.

Now I can use Nero Burning Rom (command line from earlier in the topic) to transcode my WV file into a WAV file (one big file). Then I use Exact Audio Copy to break up the large WAV file into individual WAVs (tracks) according to the CUE sheet. At this point I have reconstituted the original 44.1 KHz stereo and can burn it into a CD-R resulting in a CD of the original album.

At this point it gets a bit messy and awkward. I'm still working on a better way to do it without going to an external media and back. (Should be able to do it with file operations on the HDD.) I burn a copy of the original CD onto a CD-RW, and then I use my favorite ripper Easy CD-DA Extractor (free trial, then a small payment if youu want to keep using it). That results in my desired end result, the original album transcoded into MP3s and suitable for importing into iTunes so I can play the album on my iPod.

Certainly iTunes could do some of the steps, except that I think iTunes really sucks and I only use it for loading tunes on my iPod. I use WMP as my main music player, and it works well with my regedit adding a folder context menu item: "WMP play." The context action expects to find a M3U (playlist) file of the same name as the folder (in form of "artist - album name" and sends that playlist to WMP. I organize my music collection by simple Windows Explorer operations.

I have a bit more tweaking to do but now I can backup and restore all my music and transcode from any format to any other format. I use my custom front end (folder context menu) to launch any music album I wish to play.

Problem solved! Thank you everybody who helped me along the way. smile.gif

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