Developer: R.M. DeBoer Software
OS: Win 95/98/NT/2000/ME/XP
Installed Size: 5.39MB
Function: Ripping, Encoding, Decoding, Burning
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AudioWriter by R.M. DeBoer Software
AudioWriter is an all-in-one MP3 converter featuring encoding, decoding, CD ripping, CD burning, and playing capabilities. Use AudioWriter to convert CD to MP3 onto your hard drive. Convert your MP3s to WAV for CD burning and burn with the same software. AudioWriter also includes an audio editor, allowing you to take your MP3 or WAV files and echo effects, fades, amplification and mixing. Additional features include batch converting WAV and MP3 files, CD text support in conjuction with CDROM, ID3 tag editor, recording your own wave files through a microphone, normalizing, and drag and drop file movement in the interface. With all these features, is this the all in one that will completely satisfy every MP3 user?
The short answer is no. Audio Writer has so much going for it that I hope the various bugs get worked out. Here is the good stuff. The ripper is very quick and produces very nice sounding WAV files in version I tested. The MP3 encoder is quality and gives you the choice between Blade and LAME options and a variety of bitrates. Now the bad news. Immediately after opening, the program kept trying to install some MS Word 2000 something on my machine. It takes repeated cancels to make it quit. In the program, sometimes the Blade and LAME encoder options are not available depending on what screen you used to start encoding. Which brings up another point. There is more than one way to get a task done which is confusing and causes the interface to be more cluttered than it should be. As for audio quality, everything was good except the decoder which seemed to add a hiss to the some of the tracks that was not there in the MP3 file. The MP3 burner could not be tested in the trial version.
Overall, AudioWriter is a very ambitious program that does a lot. I alone wish it did everything well. Try it. You may find it worth the time due to all the features that are included
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