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#1 Henners66

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Posted 22 October 2007 - 09:36 AM

I recently acquired some audio that was in flac format which is new to me.

Figured out that you could convert to mp3 by firstly using winamp with a plugin that redirects sound output to a wave file and then can import that into iTunes to convert to mp3... which is all well and good ... however it doesn't quite do what i want.

Each album is compressed as a single flac file and comes with a cue sheet that describes the track information. Rather than having a single mp3 file for the whole album I'd like to generation a single mp3 for each track of the album. Anyone know how I can do this please? confused.gif

Incidentally I have tried opening the cue sheets with nero version 6.3.1.20 but it complains each time i try.

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 03:05 PM

Flac, which stands for "Free Lossless Audio Codec" is far Superior to Mp3 files and should really be burnt to disc direct with the likes of Nero, why your having problems, I don't really know.

If you really must convert the flac files, then I think i would use something like dBpoweramp or Easy CD-DA Extractor to convert to Mp3's but keep the bit rate at 320kbps.

If you then load the single Mp3 file in to something like Adobe Audition or Cool Edit you will then be able to see where one track ends and the next begins.

You will have to expand (magnify) the wave form to see the actual transitions.

It's then a simple case of highlighting each track, cutting and then pasting into it's own (new) file ............ repeating for all the tracks.

Be warned, it is easy to loose track as to where your up to (no pun intended biggrin.gif )

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 09:41 PM

The reason I want to convert to mp3 is because I want to stick them on my iPod and ofc with flac using lossless compression they are quite massive - and I agree high bit rate is a must, though I tend to prefer to go for VBR at maximum quality.

I was kind of hoping for a more automated solution as I have 43 such CD's atm (in flac format) to split into tracks and to scan through the wave file for the transition and cut and paste the track out is going to be a lenghty process - plus it's in my nature to find the easiest possible way to do something smile.gif

I think I will do a bit more research on this - it may just be that I need a more updated version of Nero to rip the individual tracks from the flac file. However your suggestion is a good one and I will resort to using the programs you recommended failing everything else smile.gif

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 09:12 AM

Ok, had did a bit of messing about this morning and figured out how to do it.

Firstly install a newer version of Nero - for this I used 7.10.10 - and then run Nero Burning ROM. Set the recording device to Image Recorder to save wasting discs and time and then open the cue sheet associated with the flac image. Burn the image and then mount the image using Nero ImageDrive and now you can rip and tag your mp3's as you normally would - the result being separate mp3's for each track of the flac image smile.gif

Still it's quite a few steps to go through and if anyone has any better suggestions I'd be interested in hearing them.

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Posted 27 October 2007 - 07:59 PM

Must confess I use dBPowerAmp with the flac plugin. You may need a MP3 plugin as well. Transcodes flac to MP3 (any bitrate - you select) with one click of the mouse!
You can also get other plugins for formats such as ape etc
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Posted 27 October 2007 - 09:50 PM

I'd already tried using dbPowerAmp but it just seems to generate a single mp3 for each flac file, rather than generating separate mp3's for each track of the album (Each flac file represents a full CD). Had another play with it and couldn't see any settings to do this - perhaps I missed something.
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 08:43 PM

I recently acquired some audio that was in flac format which is new to me.

Figured out that you could convert to mp3 by firstly using winamp with a plugin that redirects sound output to a wave file and then can import that into iTunes to convert to mp3... which is all well and good ... however it doesn't quite do what i want.

Each album is compressed as a single flac file and comes with a cue sheet that describes the track information. Rather than having a single mp3 file for the whole album I'd like to generation a single mp3 for each track of the album. Anyone know how I can do this please? <!--emo&:confused:--><img src='http://community.fre...#>/confused.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='confused.gif' /><!--endemo-->

Incidentally I have tried opening the cue sheets with nero version 6.3.1.20 but it complains each time i try.

Thanks,
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 08:46 PM

try using Xilisoft Audio Converter which converts flac into mp3 or other formats and saves to a file of your choice.