Software update: fre:ac 1.1.4

Version 1.1.4 was released from fre:ac. Fre:ac is an open source and cross platform audio converter and CD ripper. Support is available for the most common lossy and lossless formats, including mp3, Ogg Vorbis, aac and flac. The program has been around since 2001, albeit under the name BonkEnc. Since version 1.1, the program is also available for Linux, FreeBSD and macOS and contains several new extras, such as a dsp framework for normalization and resampling. In version 1.1.4 the following changes and improvements have also been made:


  • Improved support for reading CD-Text
  • Added an HDCD decoder DSP filter
  • Added catalog number and barcode fields to tag editor
  • Added file type associations to macOS app, so fre:ac is offered for opening audio files
  • Added quality (VBR) setting to FDK-AAC configuration dialog
  • Improved MP3, AAC and Opus encoding performance by up to 30%
  • Improved multi-monitor support on X11 based systems
  • Discs of multi-disc albums are now shown separately in tag editor album mode
  • Update only changed fields when making edits in tag editor album mode
  • Added support for Replay Gain values ​​in MP4 and WMA metadata
  • Do not override settings with default values ​​when using freaccmd’s –config option

Bug fixes

  • Fixed invalid length written to very long Opus and Speex files (longer than 12 ½ hours at 48 kHz)
  • Fixed decoding of some very short Opus, Vorbis and Speex files
  • Fixed written MP4 chapters being invisible to some applications when using Nero AAC
  • Fixed hang/crash when opening WavPack, Musepack, TAK and OptimFROG files with chapters
  • Fixed issues submitting CDDB information for new CDs (without existing entries)
  • Fixed issues handling long path/file names on Windows
  • Fixed output sample rate being limited to 192 kHz
  • Fixed freaccmd randomly failing to process files in rare cases
  • Fixed bad user interface colors on some Linux distributions

Updated codecs

  • Switched from FAAC to FDK-AAC for AAC encoding
  • Updated Monkey’s Audio to version 6.11
  • Updated WavPack to version 5.4.0
  • Updated mpg123 to version 1.26.4
  • Updated FAAD2 to version 2.10.0

Updated translations

  • Updated Romanian translation
  • Updated Portuguese (Brazilian) translation

Version number 1.1.4
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Linux, BSD, macOS, Windows 8, Windows 10
Website fre:ac
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License type GPL