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Old April 11, 2014, 06:31 AM
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Does anybody have suggestions for an open source / freeware bulk audio file converter?

Basically I'm ripping my music to Flac, but want to be able to bulk convert the whole folder / directory tree into mp3 to put onto the usb stick for my car audio.

I had a quick look at handbrake and as far as I can tell it's anything but bulk (doesn't even scan down through directory trees).
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I know it's not free, but dbpoweramp is the absolute best thing I could find to do this sort of stuff since I do it often. I like FLAC on my PC, but change it over to MP3 for the phone. Good to mention it's also multi-threaded.
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Old April 11, 2014, 07:18 AM
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I know it's not free, but dbpoweramp is the absolute best thing I could find to do this sort of stuff since I do it often. I like FLAC on my PC, but change it over to MP3 for the phone. Good to mention it's also multi-threaded.
Yeah, that's the advert that keeps coming up. :) There is a free version so I may end up giving it a shot, and if it appears to be a decent piece of kit I may fork out the coin for the full version.

Currently copying my flac files into a separate folder so that I don't accidentally change all of my flac files into mp3 rather than putting the mp3 files into a new folder / directory.

Looks like foobar might be able to do this as a bulk function, but we'll see once the files copy over (pretty big job on an older 3.5" mechanical drive.... average write speed looks to be somewhere between 20 and 25 MB/s ).
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Old April 11, 2014, 07:40 AM
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Nothing wrong w/ the free version of dbpoweramp. It just can only convert a single track at a time.
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Nothing wrong w/ the free version of dbpoweramp. It just can only convert a single track at a time.
Heh... yeah that'd be useless to me. I'd just rip the cd a second time for MP3. :)
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winLAME used to be able to do this IIRC, but it's FLAC library is so out of date that it has a lot of difficulties with newer FLAC files. You could try it though.
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So far it looks like foobar might be doing the trick for me once I install Lame, and play with the default destination/format settings.

edit: So after all of that, yeah it appears that foobar (which I already had running as my networked audio media server) is able to do batch conversions and with a bit of persuasion is more than willing to preserve the directory structure.

Doing 15 albums worth at once is giving my poor little Celeron a workout though... ;)
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What settings did you modify to allow it to preserve directory structure? I've been using it for the same purposes as you, but I've had to select a directory for the resulting MP3s to reside in (forcing me to recreate the structure if I want the same naming conventions).
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Select all of the files you want to convert / right click / convert / ... / destination / which will bring up the screen on the left, and then clicking on the "..." beside %title% in the "Output style and file name formatting" will bring up the box to the right. Clicking on those fields will add to the first screen's format (where it currently just says "%title%). The "/" indicates where a sub directory will be placed.

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Thanks for the detailed explanation and photo. Going to give it a shot when I get home. This will save a significant amount of time moving stuff to my USB sticks & Sansa Clip.
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