Allows a lot of tweaking for each encoder


Our rating: 

License: Free (Open source)
Review & Alternatives: Best Free CD Ripper
Categories: Disk & File, CD Ripper

Pros & Cons:

Support for nearly 38 languages; advanced jitter correction; files searchable by patterns.
User interface is a but too plain; no wizard mode.

Our Review:

The interface for fre:ac is a bit too plain. You can see it all too clearly in our screenshot. But that said, it allows a lot of tweaking for each encoder. You can also find files matching by patterns. That's why it's up here in our list.

I tried the rip at 320 kbps and much to my surprise the output is clear and well rounded.

This is a portable application so you can install to a usb stick and take it with you. fre:ac comes in 38 languages. Check to see if yours is included.

Comes with support for Lame, OGG Vorbis, FAAC, FLAC, and Bonk Encoders. An encoder for VQF format is available at the fre:ac website.

fre:ac can use Winamp 2 input plugins to support more file formats. Copy the in_*.dll files to the fre:ac directory to enable fre:ac to read these formats. You can also submit freedb entries that include Unicode characters.

Of course there is jitter correction that can be enabled in the configurations dialog. In addition to which, there is a special paranoia mode. Doesn't have support for APE which is a little sad though Monkeys Audio is a format that has been sadly overlooked.

The same goes for the fre:ac ripper. This great open-source project has somehow been overlooked.

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