LAME MP3 Encoder 3.100.1 reviews

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LAME MP3 Encoder 3.100
Dayro
on 22 July 2018
Gracias por permitirnos descargar estos codecs, indispensables para obtener el mejor sonido en nuestros equipos.
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LAME MP3 Encoder 3.100
Imteyaz
on 24 April 2018
LAME3.100 is the best MP3 encoder for trimming or converting audio files to MP3 format @ 128 KBPS CBR.
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Nope. Fraunhofer still sounds considerably better at 128kbps CBR compared to LAME. Much better using VBR encoding.

on 16 Sep 2018, by Fraser

128kbps CBR should be outlawed.

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LAME MP3 Encoder 3.100 alpha 2
Over Yonder
on 06 October 2015
the name describes it all - lame... blurred sound, poor stereo.
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Roots
on 12 February 2014
not so bad sound quality, but a rather poor stereo separation. right channel is again too dominant
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LAME MP3 Encoder 3.100 alpha
Wire Jig
on 31 August 2012
The best sounding MP-3 audio encoder out there.

I did a fresh windows 7 install before re-ripping all of my CDís I installed the 3.99.1 lame_enc.dll into the Windows\System32 folder audio grabber found it and my other audio programs use it as well. Hay for you audio files out there the Windows 7 has a problem with there Sample Rate Converter I have tested it with a spectrum analyzer the converter creates artifacts into the converted audio.

You can find the Hotfix at http://hotfixv4.microsoft.com/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix389997/7600/free/441951_intl_i386_zip.exe

Ok before any update back up your files.
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LAME MP3 Encoder 3.99.1
ImaginedTruth
on 14 November 2011
In my opinion still the best encoder for ripping CD's.

Sadly, at least in my view, CD ripping will eventually become a thing of the past.

For a good amount of time now, studio recordings exceed what are currently offered on CD's.

Nero already offers the HD AAC as part of Nero 11. Eventually, other software will offer the same.

I think the only major holdout in the case of major software is the when, not if, when both iTunes for Windows and Winamp include HD AAC.

People still wonder why not many companies offer either .ALAC (Apple Lossless) or .FLAC albums. Simple really, they are holding off until cloud providers get more well etablished (i.e. like iCloud from Apple), and two they are waiting for more major countries (including the U.S.) to have a more nationwide pure fiber-optic Internet setup (similar to Japan).

Then both uploads and download speeds will make what most people consider "high-speed" broadband seem as slow as people see a 33.6kb/ps dial-up modem seems to them now. At that point, the mere concept of CD's or even Blu-Ray discs seem completely obsolete.

I still love LAME, but someday, maybe sooner than expected, disc based media will become something a thing of the past.
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Sad but absolutely true, my friend!Well said!!!

on 30 Nov 2011, by Jim Doe

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LAME MP3 Encoder 3.99 beta
james
on 24 May 2011
wow this is the best mp3 converter im able to save mp3 at 96kbps and they sound the same as 128kb now ill be able to put some ore songs on my 4gb mp3 player thanks
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Alan
on 25 April 2011
I always recommend "-b 192 -m s -h -q 0" configuration setting.
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javi
on 23 April 2011
Set this -b 192 -m j -h -V 0 -B 320

& you'll get the best encoder working always properly
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LAME MP3 Encoder 3.99 alpha 10
Jim Doe
on 20 August 2010
O.k. Much has been said about Lame encoder..These are the facts-so far:

1.Lame is the best (lossy) mp3 encoder existing this moment!!It's last STABLE version (3.98.4) surpassed in quality even encoders you pay for..Brilliant people are working onto its next versions (3.99-4.00) so as to make our lives better..RESPECT this!!

2.It's FREE,supporting the most popular format on the planet

3. It works sweet with Audiograbber,EAC and a lot of other 'hosts'

4.The Lame executable and the DLL that comes with it (when you download it) cannot run by themselves-usually you put them in the folder of the application you are using for music transcoding /playing

5. Although boring..Try to READ the installation instructions or tutorials where necessary.

6.Clean your system of old codecs,codec packs and everything else that might decrease its performance or get in the way of neutral software functionality and make things complicated-driving you crazy

6.Re-Install the software you use for transcoding and point again the right path to the Lame exec. and DLL

7.Lame encoder comes with certain "switches".Learn how to use them (it's all in the "read me" document) and you will be able to SHAPE the encoding process in the EXACT WAY YOU LIKE!!
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Spike
on 18 June 2010
Very bad codec, but somehow popular among kids. Cuts frequencies like crazy. Output files are actually 16 or 20kHz! Much better quality with the same bitrate offers you AAC or OGG. Encoding is also very slow.
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Review # 11

If you are getting bad quality output from a good quality input, or the encoding is slow, then its you that is doing something seriously wrong, not the encoder! LAME only takes a few seconds per song, and that is encoding with q=0 (the slowest but best precision).

The default precision is q=5, but thats by no means bad!LAME isnt the best encoder out there in terms of quality of output, however it IS the best MP3 encoder! If you encode a wav file using the options:V=3 q=0you will get a very good quality variable bitrate file that retains all the nice audio acoustics without the mp3 artifacts. Even at V=4 or V=5 you wont get these!

Variable bitrate is the way to go as you dont waste bitrate. If you need a definitive file size, use ABR 2-pass instead.

Note the capital and lower case letters, v is a different option to V, as q is different to QThe problem with a lot of even new encodes people do out there is they use grossly outdated software (for some software 6 months can make it grossly outdated!) or the wrong encode settings (or the wrong combination of settings).

Using a 6 year old LAME you wont get the same quality or speed as the very latest 3.99 builds.The best encoder out there at the moment is NeroAACenc, which is an AAC reference encoder. It is far superior to the Apple (iTunes) AAC encoder. Thing about AAC is, instead of getting the artifact sounds it will gradually cut out the frequencies that gives the audio its depth or warmth. The iTunes AAC encoder even at higher bitrates shows this tendency, and again a VBR mode should be used (like NeroAACenc q value, q=0.5 default, higher=better quality).

iTunes AAC has probably held back the uptake of AAC, just like Quicktimes h.264 implementation i believe has held back h.264 uptake (encoding quality is pathetic)!So, use LAME 3.99a14 or newer, use the correct output settings (V=3 or 4, q=0), and make sure the input quality is good! For the average song, these settings will be around 150BKPS or so, but the quality will be superior to some mp3 files ive heard even at 320kbps.Psychology also plays a part of it.

People will often swear one audio file (same works for video) is superior or inferior to another if they think its codecencoder A vs B, if they for some reason dislike encoder B they will swear its inferior, or that A is superior, but wht you could really be showing them is an identical audio file :)

on 19 Mar 2011, by Mick

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Bojcha
on 13 April 2010
i'll stick to 3.98.2, best for now!
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LAME MP3 Encoder 3.99 alpha 1
teleping
on 25 December 2009
If you want to install LAME codec, you need to download either LAME ACM codec:

http://www.free-codecs.com/download/LAME_ACM_Codec.htm

or LAME Directshow filter:

http://www.free-codecs.com/download/LAME_Directshow_filter.htm

or preferably both. Follow the installation instructions on the pages, unless you're doing something more complicated.
And an excellent codec, all needed components available too! :)
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Icaka
on 22 December 2009
Everybody knows that LAME isn't the best, or the fastest audio encoder because the technology is old, and there is little room for improvement nowadays.

But It's the most popular in the world, simply becouse *.mp3 is the de facto standart for lossy(compressed) audio. Of course there are such encs like Ogg Vorbis(aotuv) and AAC(from Apple), but Apple's isn't free (like LAME for instance) and Ogg is not so popular.

Perhaps in time the lossles formats will become the choice of the mainstream user (assuming the tendency for larger capacity storage media continues to expand).
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LAME MP3 Encoder 3.99 alpha 1
carlos
on 15 December 2009
this rating is for the 3.98.2 overall, not this specific. just wanted to clarify there's nothing wrong with 3.98r (as its work name is), its actual amazing n i cannot see why scene still hold on to .97.

however, should be mentioned that to work w/ ie. Exact Audio Copy u need the lame3.98.2-vc6.zip (from RAREwarez), since the verison deriving from latest compiler seem to malfunction with ie. EAC.

Admin's Note: The version you mentioned (lame3.98.2-vc6.zip - from RareWares) is a "bundle compiled with VC6/Intel Compiler 9.1 - intended for older Windows OSes."
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