Softpedia Editor's Review for LameXP
A GUI for the LAME MP3-encoder
Written by Elena Opris on December 6th, 2012
Read an in-depth analysis in our professional review for LameXP
LameXP was designed as a GUI for the LAME MP3 encoder and is aimed at converting audio files.
In the user-friendly interface you can add a file to encode (it also supports batch conversion), but you can also use the drag and drop method while you are browsing for files in Explorer (a floating drop box is displayed on the lower right corner of the screen).
Once you have specified the output destination, you can edit meta data (it will supersede data from the source), enable or disable LameXP to automatically generate a playlist file (M3U), as well as configure compression and advanced options.
The format of the converted file can be MP3, OGG, Aften A/52, FLAC or WAV. In order to convert to AAC, you need to manually download the codec files in the LameXP installation files.
In addition, you can select rate control method (quality-based, average bitrate, constant bitrate), and adjust the quality/bitrate ratio (from level 0 to 9).
If you are an advanced user, you can also adjust the LAME algorithm quality - from poor quality (very fast) to best quality (very slow), enable bitrate management for LAME and OggEnc2, select sampling rate and MP3 channel mode, enforce stereo down mix of multi-channel sources, enable volume normalization filter, adjust treble and bass, set a rename pattern, adjust multi-threading, and more.
We tested LameXP by converting one 8.19MB MP3 file to WAV and FLAC. We used the default settings, and LameXP managed to successfully convert the files in remarkable time (only a few seconds). The output files weighed 57.8MB (WAV) and 45.7MB (FLAC).
It even alerts you with sound when the task is completed, and during conversion you can view overall CPU usage (which is low) and physical RAM usage.
In conclusion, LameXP is an excellent application for converting audio files, and we strongly recommend it to all users.
Here are some key features of "LameXP":
· Creates MP3 (MPEG 1.0 Audio-Layer III) files
· Provides a graphical user-interface for WindowsXP
· Provides the highest possible MP3 quality/compression-rate
· Supports PCM Wave-Audio files, MP3 files and raw PCM files
· Supports bitrate-based and quality-based compression
· Supports variable bitrate MP3 files and avarge bitrate encoding
· Supports Mono, Stereo, Joint Stereo and Dual Mono
· Supports ID3 Tags (ID3v1 and ID3v2)
· Supports Resampling and Stereo/Mono Downmixing
· Supports various encoder quality/speed modes
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Minimum supported platform now is Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (download)
· Added Opus decoder option to output always at the native sample rate of 48.000 Hz
· Updated Valdec decoder (2013-04-07), based on AC3Filter Tools v1.0a
· Updated mpg123 decoder to v1.15.3 (2013-04-03), compiled with GCC 4.8.0
· Updated MediaInfo to v0.7.62 (2013-02-22), compiled with ICL 12.1.7 and MSVC 10.0
· Updated Monkey's Audio binary to v4.11 (2013-01-20)
· Updated SoX to to v14.4.1 (2012-02-09), compiled with ICL 13.0 and MSVC 10.0
· Updated GnuPG to v1.4.13, compiled with GCC 4.7.2
· Updated language files
· Fixed handling of certain characters when renaming output files
· Fixed Keccak library to not crash on systems without SSE/SSE2 support
· Fixed LAME algorithm quality selector better match the LAME documentation (link)