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dBpowerAMP: Seemlessly Convert Audio Between Most Formats

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Published on December 9th, 2005
Category: Audio and Video

I’ve been using dBpowerAMP Music Converter or, as it is often called, “dMC” for a long time now. From the dBpowerAMP website, they say that it is “often called a Swiss army knife of audio.” They could not have been more right about that!

When I found this audio converter, I was just looking for a tool to convert my WAV files to MP3 and vice versa. I discovered that it did a lot more than that. Below, I’ve outlined the best of their many features.


Multiple Format Support and Conversion
Not only does this program support MP3s, it also reads and writes formats that most people have probably never heard of. Though most of them have to be installed separately. But, I mean, who needs VTX format files? The formats built into the main installation are CDA (Music CD), Wave (.wav), and MP3. The rest of the codecs (formats) can be downloaded at the Codec Central. To name VERY few, dMC supports

  • mp4 [.mp4, .m4a, .m4a, .m4b, .aac] Newest mpeg standard (AAC and Apple Lossless [ALAC])
  • MPC [ .mpc, .mp+, .mpp] Highest quality lossy codec at high bitrates
  • Ogg Vorbis [.ogg] Open source high quality
  • Windows Media Audio [.wma, .asf, .wmv]

Rip Audio CDs
Most CD Ripping applications will only save the audio as Wave or MP3. But, there are some people who would rather put it in a different format like Monkey’s Audio, which, by the way, has lossless quality. Fortunately, dMC comes with an audio CD Ripper that will automatically convert to any desired format.

Windows Explorer Integration
Another nifty feature is the option to integrate this program into the Windows Explorer interface. This means that when you right-click any of the supported dMC formats, the menu will include an option to convert.

Additionally, dMC integrates into the properties dialog box of audio files. It allows you to view all of the ID tags of any audio file. If you buy the power pack, you can even edit them from there too!

Disadvantages
“Gasp! There’s something bad about dBPowerAmp Music Converter!?” you say? Unfortunately, yes. This just happened recently. Because of the royalties MP3 codec patent holders are charging to companies that use their format, MP3 encoding is limited. While decoding (converting) from MP3 format is free, encoding is not. There is a 30 day trial license for the built-in encode MP3 encoder. Though, there are some legal workarounds. Just go to the Codec Central page and download the mp3 Blade encoder. I would recommend the other two mp3 Fraunhofer IIS Mp3Enc and mp3 Lame but they are just too difficult to deal with.

Comment on your suggestions or experiences with dMC.


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5 Responses to “dBpowerAMP: Seemlessly Convert Audio Between Most Formats”

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