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> -
...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!
Hi, thanks for your feedback!
Cue splitting: Selecting the "Create cue sheet" option when splitting an album
file should accomplish this.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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> -