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MIC Converter

MID Converter is an easy-to-use free program designed for converting your multiple midi files easily with the one click of a button. You can use MID Converter to playback files directly in the program as well. The program supports 2 file formats which you can convert to: MIDI Format 0, MIDI Format 1. MID Converter is designed for MS Windows 98/NT/2000/ME/XP.
platform: MS-Windows
license: FreeWare


mkwav is a set of three frontend shell scripts (mkwav, mkwavfe, xmkwavfe) for converting/burning mp3s. It should run properly on any system with bash, (c)dialog, and/or Xdialog (and, of course, a conversion and, optionally, a burning utility).

mom / mp32ogg

mom are two bash scripts to ease converting your old mp3 collection into a brand spanking new ogg collection. mom (along with its companion mp32ogg) is available from mom
platform: Linux
license: GPL


sidtools is a collection of small tools to be used with sids (files with music data that have been extracted from C-64 programs). It lets you create playlists manually or automatically using the search engine search2list, and play them using SidPlay.
platform: Linux
license: GPL


Sfront compiles MPEG 4 Structured Audio (MP4-SA) bitstreams into efficient C programs that generate audio when executed. MP4-SA is a standard for normative algorithmic sound, that combines an audio signal processing language (SAOL) with score languages (SASL, and the legacy MIDI File Format). Under Linux, sfront supports real-time, low-latency audio input/output and MIDI input from soundcards. The website includes an online book about MP4-SA.
platform: Linux
license: GPL

Dr Fermi tabulator

Dr Fermi tabulator: Program for converting Ascii tabulature (for guitar, bass guitar and drums) to MIDI files
platform: Linux


Midi2Cs creates Csound rendering input from midifiles and your own WAV and AIFF files on the fly
platform: Linux


TiMidity MIDI to WAVE converter
platform: Linux


is a powerful tool that lets you forget the bother of creating Csound input or renting expensive audio studios forever! Midi2Cs creates Csound rendering input from midifiles and your own WAV and AIFF files on the fly. Also Csound orchestra files can be taken as input which provides all kinds of synthesizing and much more. With Midi2Cs and Csound you are able to create audio tracks of MIDI files without external samplers directly on the harddisk of your machine. The result after processing Midi2Cs's output with Csound are audio tracks in a professional quality - ready to use with soundeditors, harddiskrecording systems, ADATs and so on. Get your FREE COPY for DOS, Linux, SunOS, IRIX and NeXT systems at midi2cs


Sox - a sound file format converter for Unix and DOS PCs
platform: Linux
Sox - a sound conversion and player/recorder
platform: Linux, DOS
Sox-11gamma-cb3 - an sound conversion and player/recorder Example: "sox file.wav file.cdr" or vice versa
platform: Linux

Other Resources

Metalab Archive

An article about Linux and Sound (German) i'x 12/98: Julia Wunner: Der Pinguin rockt, S. 54 ff. Heise

Blade's MP3 Encoder (BladeEnc)

A freeware MP3 encoder. It is based on the same ISO compression routines as mpegEnc, so you can expect roughly the same, or better, quality . The main difference is the appearance and speed. BladeEnc doesn't have a nice, user-friendly interface like mpegEnc, but it is more than three times faster, and it works with several popular front-end graphical user interfaces. (MP3 <-> WAV)

  • Reads standard WAV- and AIFF-files.
  • Batch encoding. Can encode any number of samples in a row.
  • Wildcards supported. You can for example encode all WAV-files in a directory by typing "*.WAV".
  • Stereo or Mono output. Can downmix to Mono on the fly.
  • Supports the following bitrates: 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 80, 96, 112, 128, 160, 192, 224, 256 and 320 kBit/s.
  • Flags like Private, Original and Copyright can be set.
  • Input sample can be automatically deleted after encoding.
  • Input samples can be in either 32, 44.1 or 48 kHz.
  • Both 8 and 16-bit samples are supported.
  • Can emulate the behaviour of L3Enc so you can use any L3Enc frontend with BladeEnc!
  • Task priority can be set from the commandline and is by default set to LOWEST so that you still can use your computer effectively while encoding.


MP3c is a curses-based audio-cd to MP3-converter, with CDDB support. It has a menu-environment and a batchmode implemented (which let you encode automatically via cron for example). MP3c tries to find the most useful information in a CDDB-entry, and even recognizes sampler-cds correctly. platform: Linux


Dac2mp3 is a program to rip CDs and convert them to MP3 files. platform: Linux license: GPL source: FreshMeat


mod2wav: Shell script to convert modules to .wav files
platform: Linux


A general purpose, configurable sound file conversion tool designed for use with the Enlightenment window manager.,
platform: Linux


CD-Audio to .wav converter,
platform: Linux


General purpose sound file conversion tool,
platform: Linux


Midi2C25 is a small Eiffel application that takes a standard MIDI file and gives you the intructions on how to get the same tune as a ringtone on a Siemens C25 cell phone. There are two versions: A GTK GUI and a command line interface.
platform: Linux
license: GPL


ACM Station: Audio Format Conversion Tool.Free SimtelNet
platform: MS-Windows95/98


Audio and instrument file converter and editor SimtelNet
platform: MS-Windows95/98


SampleCalc: Time/BPM conversion tool for audio SimtelNet
platform: MS-Windows95/98


Converts Wav to Vox and vice versa SimtelNet
platform: MS-Windows95/98


PCM wave file format conversion program & DLL SimtelNet
platform: MS-Windows95/98


bbMPEG MPEG-2 encoder: Converts AVI to MPEG-2 SimtelNet
platform: MS-Windows95/98


Copy and convert CDs into MP3s. Freeware SimtelNet
platform: MS-Windows95/98


Convert midi to Korg i-series styles. DEMO SimtelNet
platform: MS-Windows95/98


GNMIDI: MIDI player and converters for Windows SimtelNet
platform: MS-Windows95/98


Converts MIDI format 1 files to format 0 SimtelNet
platform: MS-Windows95/98


PolyAxe Driver: Wave to Midi converter. Free SimtelNet
platform: MS-Windows95/98


fast fourier transform library,
platform: Linux


K Desktop fast fourier transforms.
platform: Linux


dvd2mp3 converts audio tracks on a DVD into ID3-tagged MP3 files.
platform: Linux
license: GNU General Public License (GPL)

Convert your LPs into CDs

A step-by-step tutorial on how to convert your old vinyl records into CDs.


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