What is it?
LAME stands for "Lame Ain't an Mp3 Encoder". But actually, is *is* an MP3 encoder.
I started with the LAME Framework and LAMEEncoder component created by Lynn Pye.
I improved the Settings Dialog, and made it function even if you use different compilers for the framework vs. the application. (Application developers must re-tool their code to take advantage of this)
Note: I did not do anything special to hook up the SSE stuff, so I don't actually know yet if it is taking advantage of the intel vector unit. Maybe it is?
This is LAME Version 3.97 (Septermber 2006)
How do i use it?
- quit kJams
- download and install it (see below)
- run kJams
- go to the menu bar and pick "kJams->Preferences", then click "Importing"
- select "LAME MP3" in the "encoder" popup
- hit okay
- Now you can rip your songs, or select some songs and go "advanced->convert selection to MP3"
Just download this Windows LAME DLL, unzip it and drop it in your "/Windows" directory, or the "kJams Plugins" folder, or your "kJams Preferences" folder.
Here's the latest Universal Binary Installer (2.0).
Here's an older Universal Binary Installer (1.2).
- MacOS 10.7 or higher:
- click Apple->System Prefs->Security & Privacy (or just "Security")
- click the lock
- enter your password
- under "Allow apps downloaded from:" pick "Anywhere"
- run the Lame installer
- if you want to stay "superdupersecure", then re-select "Mac App Store and identified developers"
- MacOS 10.6 or 10.5:
- just run the Lame installer
|WARNING: The installer does NOT un-install previous versions that you may have in your user folder. If you previously installed LAME from another source, then you *must* un-install all previous versions. This installer puts things at the root (ie: /Library, NOT /Users/~/Library). If you have a previous version installed in your user folder, then this version WILL NOT WORK|
Here is the Source Code, including the Installer source.
LAME Home Page
How to convert or re-encode existing files
Note this only works on "Audio+G" files, that is, a pair of files made up of an audio file (mov, wav, aif, mp3 etc) and a CDG file, or that pair stored within a zip file.
- ensure you've installed LAME, and then chosen LAME as your default encoder (see above)
- select the song(s) you wish to convert
- in the menu bar, pick Advanced->Convert Selection to “LAME MP3: xxx", where xxx is your encoder preset.
Note if the menu item doesn't say "LAME MP3" you haven't correctly done step 1