About the new version, snapshot 20101205

msdobrescu
2011-03-20
2012-10-06
  • msdobrescu
    msdobrescu
    2011-03-20

    Hi,

    I think you do a great job. Fre:ac is on the way of becoming one of the best
    tools for music tracks.
    I've been testing the new features (I use it from its very beginning, years
    ago) and I must say it is almost complete for my needs.
    I have a big collection of cue/ape sets. I move to flac tracks, so I need to
    cut the ape to flacs. I have tested and, except for the flac/ID3 tags, it
    converts 100% identically all I have in my collection as I would take ape's
    tools to convert them to wav and Cue Splitter to cut the converted flac from
    wav, using original flac tools.
    What is still problematic?
    1. I have 2 kinds of albums: some artists discographies and various artist albums. I would like to select the file name from tags on the main windows (in the form <track> - <artist> - or <track> - <title> in my case). <br> 2. When I drag/drop a folder it takes both, the original ape and cue, having a list ready to encode both, the image track and the splitted tracks. Would be useful to ask which ones to take <br> 3. What about re-create the image back again, from the splitted tracks and cue? <br> 4. The 64bit version crashes after the first track and doesn't recognize the cue file by drag and drop. <br> </p> <p>Thank you,<br> Mike</p>

     
  • msdobrescu
    msdobrescu
    2011-03-20

    ...oh, I forgot one of the most important features I need: at cue splitting, a
    non-conformant cue of the split tracks would be great!

     
  • Robert Kausch
    Robert Kausch
    2011-03-21

    Hi, thanks for your feedback!

    1. I will think about putting this in some menu of the main window.
    2. Ok, I think I might add a configuration option for this and I'll definitely add an option to open only cue, only audio files or both to the "Add directory" dialog.
    3. You should be able to do this by opening the cue sheet for the track files and then selecting the "Encode to single file" and "Create cue sheet" options in the main window.
    4. A fix for the crash when encoding to FLAC is available at http://www.freac.org/updates/freac-20101205-flac-fixed.zip. I'll have a look at the cue sheet issue soon.

    Cue splitting: Selecting the "Create cue sheet" option when splitting an album
    file should accomplish this.

    Best regards,
    Robert

     
  • msdobrescu
    msdobrescu
    2011-03-22

    Hi, thank you for the fast fix!

    I have a question: if I open a cue/flac set (or mp3 or whatever) and I need to
    split it to the same encoding (flac or mp3 or whatever was the source), does
    it re-encode it? I think it should not.

    I have tested it and in my case it did not create a new cue for the split
    tracks.

    Regards,
    Mike

     
  • Robert Kausch
    Robert Kausch
    2011-03-29

    Hi,

    fre:ac always re-encodes files even when splitting to the same format. The
    reason is that most formats are frame/block based and cannot be simply split
    at random positions. Even splitting at frame boundaries can be very complex
    and is different for each format.

    There are special tools for splitting MP3 files (like mp3splt), but I don't
    know if something similar exists for FLAC or other formats.

    For the cue sheet, please check your output directory and naming pattern
    settings for playlists and cue sheets in the configuration dialog. It's
    probably just landing in the wrong place. I tested cue sheet creation with
    20101205+flac-fix and found no problem.

    Regards,
    Robert

     
  • msdobrescu
    msdobrescu
    2011-03-29

    Hi,
    There is Medieval CUE Splitter that splits ape and flac fast using the cue,
    without re-encoding. But this is closed source, although freeware.
    On linux, I have successfully used shntools.

     
  • msdobrescu
    msdobrescu
    2011-03-31

    Hi,

    Although I have set it to use the original files folder, and it creates the
    split or converted files there, the cues are in the user's My Music folder.

     
  • msdobrescu
    msdobrescu
    2011-05-28

    Hello,

    I have just tried the 20110524 snapshot.
    It still creates the cue files to the 'C:\Users\<user>\Music\<album>' path.
    Naturally, it is confusing, as I would expect them into the original folder,
    as the encoder is set.

    Could it be changed?

    Thanks,
    Mike

     
  • msdobrescu
    msdobrescu
    2011-05-28

    Hi,

    Trying 20110524 further,

    I think is great to have several settings. I would have several encoder
    options at a time. But I would still prefer changing <track> - to<br> <track> - <artist> - <title> and back, depending on the album artist or VA.<br> So, a combo in the main window would be great.<br> I also like the EasyTag's approach for renaming, in other words regex with %a<br> for artist, %n for track number, %t for title and so on. It's easier to write<br> the expression.<br> </p> <p>Nice job you've done, anyway.<br> Thank you.</p>