dBpoweramp Music Converter is probably the most popular audio conversion tool among music lovers and audio technicians. It supports all the most widely used audio codecs, but also many of those other not-so-well-known audio formats that audiophiles love to use to archive their sound treasures. Thus, you can use this professional tool to convert between MP3, WAV, BWF, MIDI, Musepack, TTA, FLAC, AIFF, SHN, APE, ALAC, OPUS, Wavpack, or AAC audio formats.
Rather than investing in flashy and attractive interfaces, dBpoweramp is renown for its support of professional audio codecs (such as Broadcast Wave Format, MIDI, MP2, The True Audio, etc.) and its ease of use. Just select the file or files in the Windows explorer and use the context menu to launch dBpoweramp Music Converter. Note that though batch conversion is fully supported, all the files selected will be converted into the same output format. Another option is to launch the converter first and then select the files to be converted. Either way, you will end up at the program’s main interface, where you can select the output codec of your choice. As far as the codecs go, the program comes with a short selection that can be easily enlarged by visiting Illustrate’s Codec Central (once your copy of dBpoweramp has been properly registered) and downloading all the others supported codecs.
The conversion process itself is really fast thanks to its multi-thread support, and the resulting audio files are always of the highest quality (subject to your choice of settings, of course). All outputs can be customized according to the possibilities offered by each format, and – and this is probably the second biggest asset of this app – you can add (and combine) any of the many DSP Effects and Actions provided. These effects and actions range from pure audio editing (remove gaps between tracks, equalize, fade, apply replay gain, reverse, trim, etc.) to more “administrative” features, such as deleting the source file after conversion, ID tag processing, etc. All these effects and actions can be classified alphabetically in a long list or by the tool type, which sometimes makes it difficult to have an overall idea of the variety of possibilities the program offers.
dBpoweramp Music Converter is not the average media converter wrapped up in some futuristic interface with a crazy mixture of features and profiles, but a serious audio conversion tool that has acquired a solid reputation for quality, professionality, and reliability.
- Covers both popular and professional audio codecs
- Fast and reliable conversion processes
- Allows you to add effects and actions to your conversion processes
- ID tag support
- Full integration with Windows explorer and context menu
- DSP Effects and Actions are classified alphabetically rather than by tool type