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Use the 3.97 beta
Use the 3.97 beta ''lame.exe fixed for decoding'' version ([http://www.rarewares.org/files/mp3/lame3.-fixed.zip direct download link for lazy people]).
Revision as of 22:15, 30 August 2006
LAME is high quality MP3 encoder. The name LAME is a recursive acronym for LAME Ain't an MP3 Encoder, although the current version is, in fact, a stand-alone MP3 encoder. It is the recommended MP3 encoder at The Mixing Bowl due to its superior performance and gapless playback.
Download LAME from RareWares:
Use the 3.97 beta 3 lame.exe fixed for decoding version (direct download link for lazy people).
LAME is a command line program, although there are graphical interfaces like ALL2LAME which can make it easier to use.
Variable Bitrate (VBR)
VBR mode is the recommended way to use LAME at The Mixing Bowl. You use it like this:
lame -V 2 --vbr-new input.wav output.mp3
The -V 2 switch controls the quality LAME will use and it can be any whole number between 0-9. A lower numbers means a higher quality and therefore a higher bitrate.
|Switch||Target Kbit/s||Bitrate range Kbit/s|
|-V 0 --vbr-new||245||220...260|
|-V 1 --vbr-new||225||200...250|
|-V 2 --vbr-new||190||170...210|
|-V 3 --vbr-new||175||155...195|
|-V 4 --vbr-new||165||145...185|
|-V 5 --vbr-new||130||110...150|
|-V 6 --vbr-new||115||95...135|
|-V 7 --vbr-new||100||80...120|
|-V 8 --vbr-new||85||65...105|
|-V 9 --vbr-new||65||45...85|
-V 2 --vbr-new is the recommend quality to use at The Mixing Bowl. It is probably a higher quality than is strictly necessary (the lower quality presets still provide excellent quality), however its usage is strongly encouraged to avoid any arguments over quality.
Constant Bitrate (CBR)
CBR mode is not recommend because VBR provides better quality, but if you still want to use it you use it like this:
lame -b 192 input.wav output.mp3
The -b 192 switch controls the bitrate LAME will use. Please use a bitrate of 192 kbps to avoid arguments over quality (or better still, use -V 2 --vbr-new instead).
ALL2LAME is a graphical interface for LAME that makes it very simple to use. Follow these instructions for the easiest way to encode high quality MP3s:
- Download ALL2LAME from ALL2LAME homepage (http://members.home.nl/w.speek/all2lame.htm) and extract it to a folder.
- Download LAME from RareWares (as explained in the download section at the top of this page, and not from the link on the ALL2LAME homepage) and extract into the ALL2LAME folder.
- Run ALL2LAME and type -V 2 --vbr-new in the Switches: box.
- Load the files you want encoding and click Encode.
LameDropXPd v2 is a drag 'n' drop frontend for LAME. It can be downloaded from RareWares: