|Again, many programs for this. One of the best
More important than the program itself is the codec it uses.
"Codec" is an acronym for CODerDECoder. There
are numerous, including...
People far more knowledgeable than I feel that LAME gives the
best reproduction, followed by Fraunhofer. At bit rates of 128kbps
or less, many feel Fraunhofer is best. Xing is the fastest but
also felt to be the worst. Blade and Gogo are old.
- Fraunhofer (FhG)
- Gogo no coda
One reason that I suggested CDex is that a LAME.dll is included
with it...you don't have to go find one or a LAME.exe
as you would with some others.
All you need do is choose the bit rate you want, decide whether
you want to use CBR (Constant Bit Rate) or VBR (Variable Bit
Rate), select a directory for output and do it. I would suggest
a bit rate of not less than 128 kbps and not more than 192 kbps.
I usually use VBR set up so I wind up with an average bit rate
in the 150-170 range. You can glean much information about encoding
in general and LAME (the encoder used in CDex) in particular
by regular reading of alt.music.mp3.
|Get more information and definitions
of "CBR", "VBR" and other terms here
(about half way down the page).
Two years ago, when I first wrote this, that range of bit rates
was pretty much the norm. Now, many people are encoding at a
minimum of 192 kbps, many at even higher rates. Should
you? Only you can answer that. I find that for my 69 year old
ears 160 kbps is more than ample. I would suggest you encode
the same file at different bitrates to determine which level
of quality suits your ears. If you would like to know
exactly what frequencies you can hear, this
program will tell you. Keep in mind that file size grows
with higher bit rates.
|After you are all finished, you will probably want to delete
the wave files as they are quite large. As an alternative, you
could burn the waves to an audio CD.