What frontend do you use for Lame?

ssanches

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Just wondering...What frontend do you guys use for the Lame encoder? I'm pretty undecided between CDex, WinLame & Razorlame and was wondering which one do you prefer?

I recently changed from the Fraunhofer IIS encoder to Lame and am pretty confused about the frontend for Lame. I decided to make the change after reading the FAQ on which encoder is the best over here at Anandtech :)
 

ssanches

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Thanks gregor. I was planning only for audio stream. I lost interest in MPEG4 some time back :(
 

Workin'

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I use EAC as both a ripper and frontend for LAME. It's free, easy to use, powerful, and the best ripper as well.
 

Maetryx

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I use EAC because Workin' wrote the FAQ for the best way to make MP3s.
 

JellyBaby

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<< I use EAC as both a ripper and frontend for LAME. It's free, easy to use, powerful, and the best ripper as well. >>

Agreed and the latest version looks appealing, too, for those who were afraid of the old one. :)
 

ssanches

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Doh! Now I've added EAC to the list and now have 4 frontends to choose from. Presently I'm using CDex with the following settings for Lame 3.92:

MPEG 1
Min Bitrate: 32kbps
Max Bitrate: 320kbps
Joint stereo
Quality: q=0
VBR=MTRH
VBR Quality: VBR 0
Gpsycho modelling

I get filesizes of around 6.5MB for a 4 min song (it varies though). Can someone suggest any changes? I also tried the r3mix preset. I'll give EAC a try....
 

mk

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I'd recommend using EAC with LAME.

For ease of use and possibly the highest quality/size ratio I'd also recommend using the --alt-preset standard as a commandline setting. You really can't go wrong with aps. Here's a list of recommended LAME settings from the r3mix forums.
 

Workin'

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As Mk4 said, use the --alt-preset standard command-line option. The FAQ I wrote for Anandtech is a little out of date on that. -r3mix DOES work just fine, however. If you use either of those command-line options you don't have to set anything else.
 

ssanches

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Working', I've now decided to use the aps setting. It seems to be the best quality/size. r3mix is a bit old so I won't use it. Instead of r3mix, I could might as well use the settings i described earlier... slightly better quality I think, but the size is slightly more due to the VBR-0 setting.

Also for the frontend, Ill switch over from CDex to EAC :)