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Switch_Audio_File_Converter

Switch Audio File Converter

review by bluepwrdup, Jun 2006 permalink Audio Encoders and Converters

 

Notes from Clif

Bluepwrdup wrote me about this neat little audio converter and I asked him to tell me about it. He did an excellent job, as you can see below.

 

From bluepwrdup

Hey Clif,

 

Here's the info on Switch. Anyone who is into preparing audio projects on a professional level will find this program indispensable. I have several other free sound editing programs that I'll share at a later date.

 

Switch v 1.05 Audio File Converter

Free limited edition or purchase Switch Plus

 

Switch is a program for Windows that lets you convert audio files from one format to another. All major audio file formats can be loaded and converted using this program. NCH Swift Sound is providing this free in hopes that you will like it so much you will upgrade to Switch Plus, which supports additional encode-to formats. No need to upgrade, the free edition does the job.

 

Features

  • Loads a variety of different audio file formats such as Wave, MP3, Ogg, WMA, au, aif/aiff, gsm, vox, raw, flac, aac, m4a, mp2 (MPEG Layer 2) and RealAudio.
  • With the free edition you can convert to a variety of output formats such as wav, mp3, aiff, vox, gsm, raw, ogg, aac and m4a formats.
  • Ability to play tracks prior to conversion.
  • Allows drag and drop of both files and folders.
  • Simple and intuitive interface.
  • Create destination output folder or overwrite source file.
  • Click the convert button without any files selected and all files in the list will be converted by default.
  • Convert or update your files with different constant Bitrate ( CBR ) or variable Bitrate ( VBR ) quality encode settings (e.g. changing your 128kbps MP3 files to 160kbps MP3 files) backup your files first in case you need them again.
  • Under ( help ) you will find homepage, tech support and Internet resources for additional software.

 

This is an extremely easy to use program, but it does come with some drawbacks. First, it does not convert to wma. audio format. If you have wma. files and you want to keep this format DO NOT overwrite, convert changes to another directory folder. Secondly, the program is unable to differentiate artist album info. To avoid album ( sub-folders ) info from being wiped out, convert each sub-folder individually. Other than these two flaws the program works rather well for preparing different audio projects.

 

No bundling of adware/crapware/spyware detected.

 

System Requirements

 

  • Windows 95/NT4/98/2000/Me/XP/2003.
  • Pentium 300 or above with at least 16MB RAM (32MB for 2000/XP).
  • Mac OS X 10.2 or above
  • Linux - Runs under WINE

 

 

Homepage for downloading Switch Audio File Converter

 

 

Additional Information

 

Personally, I prefer ogg ( vorbis ) high quality compressed audio format. What is ogg you ask ? For a detailed explanation go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorbis

 

Many directshow players such as Windows Media Player, Media Player Classic, Core Media Player, Zoom Player, RadLight, foobar2000 and Zinf do not support ogg ( vorbis ) audio files. RealPlayer plugins allow playback and Winamp now plays Ogg Vorbis files. To get around this minor problem install this ( free ) codec Illiminable filter and you will beable to listen to ( ogg ) on your favorite player that currently does not support ( ogg ).

Go here for further information : http://vorbis.com/setup_windows/

Download filter from this page : http://www.illiminable.com/ogg/

 

Peace and carrots .... bluepwrdup