Batch Converting Audio With GStreamer

December 19, 2011 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: bash, HowTo, lame, linux, mp3, Ubuntu 

I recently got a new TV that allows me to stream audio and video from my computer to the TV. I tend to archive music from CD's I've purchased in FLAC format. Unfortunately, FLAC is not one of the formats supported by my TV. I decided to write a little script to convert my music archive into one of the supported file formats. Read more

How To Resample Audio Files With GStreamer

April 9, 2011 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: command line, HowTo, lame, linux, mp3, Ubuntu 

One of the older posts on this site shows how to resample MP3 files on Linux with LAME. One of the problems with that process is that the MP3 tags are not maintained when resampling, so I had to work around the issue by copying certain tags from the original files to the new files. As it turns out, there's a way to use the GStreamer framework to resample audio files and maintain the tags. In this post I'll show the commands you can use to resample audio files to both constant bitrate and variable bitrate MP3's. Read more

Converting Audio to MP3 with GStreamer

December 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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My last post was about converting audio files in Linux with GStreamer. In that post I showed how to convert FLAC files to Ogg Vorbis files and retain the audio tags. You may however, have an audio player that does not support playing Ogg Vorbis audio files and you want to convert your files to MP3 instead. Read more

Command Line Basics: Ripping Audio CD’s, Part 4

September 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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In the previous installments of Command Line Basics: Ripping Audio CD's, I've gone through ripping CD's and saving the files as WAV files, transcoding those files to Ogg Vorbis audio, and finally, querying an online CD database tagging those Ogg files. I the last installment, I promised to show a more automated way to do this. Yes, you could write your own Bash script to automate some of the steps, but as is often the case with Open Source Software, someone else has already done the work for you. Read more

Revert the Update Behavior in Jaunty to the Old Way

May 7, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: gnome, HowTo, lame, Ubuntu 

If you've recently updated your Ubuntu installation to version 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope), then you've probably noticed that the update manager starts up automatically when there are updates available. The old behavior was to provide a notification icon in the system tray. If you prefer the new behavior, great. Leave things alone. If you would like Ubuntu to behave like it used to, then read on. Read more

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