From: michael conry (michael.conry at domain ucd.ie)
Date: Fri 07 Jul 2000 - 17:36:16 IST
mp3 decoders... I just use ones included in SuSE 6.3: freeamp and
mp3blaster. Freeamp is nice look and feel, but buggy play (won't always
spot end of track and move on to next one, on my sys anyway). mp3blaster
has a curses interface, includes a mixer (vol control etc), and plays
flawlessly... in my experience.
Encoders are not included in SuSE. I have downloaded and used two...
Blade: the first one i tried. http://bladeenc.mp3.no. I downloaded
source and compiled (just in my home directory because i hadn't done
stuff like that before) and it worked fine. lots of options, and output
sounds great IMO.
GOGO: web site http://homepage1.nifty.com/herumi/gogo_e.html is pretty
poor looking, but it is really really fast if you have a modern system
(mmx or 3dnow), which you probably do if you hope to do any kind of mp3
stuff on it. Again, downloaded source, followed instructions, and
everything went swimmingly.
both of these are command line tools, front ends are available, but i
think it is as well to use these things from the command line or via a
I can't remember the performance details, but GOGO is a few times faster
than Blade. IIRC, GOGO will encode at about 5x speed. Blade, maybe about
1.7x (PIII 650, 64Mb, IDE hdd... nothing else much going on).
Also, in case you are really new to this, if you want to encode cd's you
will need a cd-ripper first. This will take tracks from the cd and
encode them into .wav format. Then GOGO/Blade will turn the wav file
into an mp3 file (making it much smaller).
I use cdparanoia (again included in SuSE 6.3) and it is pretty good.
Other options are out there. When you do this in practice, you will
probably just pipe the output from cd-ripper straight to mp3 encoder
(avoiding the v. big wav files sitting on your hard disk).
When you come to do this, i have a couple of dog-rough shell scripts i
cobbled together to do the encoding and save the files with meaningful
names which i can mail you if you like. They are reasonably useful and
save a bit of reading of the docs.
hope that helps some
>can anyone recommend a nice easy to use mp3 decoder and encoder?
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