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dBpowerAMP Music Converter 2024.05.30

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"Convert music files."


If you are looking for a powerful MP3 encoder, then you should learn more about the Music Converter utility developed by Illustrate. Even though, when you will first launch the product you will not be impressed, some extra downloads will transform it into an invaluable tool for encoding audio files. More exactly, if you were to visit the software developer’s page, you will notice a handful of additional codecs, free of charge, as recommended by the Illustrate experts.

Besides the fact that this program is also available for machines with a Linux operating system as well as Windows, it can also use multiple CPU drivers on your computer to speed up the encoding process. Moreover, it includes must-have features for all audiophiles that makes the full integration with other software a breeze. While the name of the software indicates that its main functions are encoding and converting, it is important to note that advanced users can also integrate sound effects into their audio files.


The installation process is clear-cut, as users will be asked to follow the instructions in the setup wizard. In addition, the duration of the install process will not take longer than one minute, which is completely fair considering that the utility is only 6.7 MB. It does not include minimum requirements for the components on your system and it is fully functional on all types of Windows platforms that exist on the market, including Vista and Windows 7, as well as Linux via Wine.

Besides the basic installation, advanced users will be able to download additional codecs, DSP effects and a reference codec package, directly from the manufacturer’s website. Since the basic kit does not include as many options as an audiophile would hope for, it is advisable that you download the extra codecs, which are free of charge. The manufacturer has a free trial policy that will enable you to try out the capabilities and check out the entire array of options within twenty-one days.


The great thing about dBpowerAMP Music Converter is that you can customize the interface to make it as complex or as minimalistic as you want. The basic kit includes only the options to convert certain files into three outputs. Since you basically populate a list with a certain number of files and then press convert, it is extremely easy to use. However, as you add more codecs into the utility, the functions and option become increasingly complex. Therefore, if you are a beginner with encoding, it is advisable that you check out the developer’s forum for more information and support.

Truth be told, once you download the extra codecs into the software, the dBpowerAMP Music Converter is almost unrecognizable and is no longer an utility for novices. Nonetheless, users that want to learn more about the complexity of encoding or that do not understand what a certain function does, will be glad to know that they can find links within the program that will redirect them to the topic on the developer’s page.


The dBpowerAMP Music Converter provides support for as many file formats as you wish, from the classic MP3 to Apple Lossless and anything in between. As a truly professional converter software, this utility will enable the users to encode batches of files and hence, finish converting them faster. Moreover, thanks to its Internet Art search function, you will be able to find the missing artwork or look for a smaller sized one, whichever you need. Not only does it encode audio files, but it also enables you in integrate sound effect during conversion.


While some people have been using it for more than eight years and are satisfied with the product, it seems that others find the software too complex for their needs. This is not necessarily a negative aspect of this Music Converter, as it is designed for medium to advanced level users.


Even though dBpowerAMP Music Converter has some serious competition with software such as Switch Audio Converter and Advanced WMA Workshop, you have to admit that it is still very impressive.


The dBpowerAMP Music Converter is not the simplest tool you can use for audio file converting. However, if you have the patience and passion, then this is one of the most complex utilities you can find on the market that will definitely satisfy your audio converting needs.

Reviewed by Chad Faith

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