caudec – multiprocess audio converter supporting many formats

caudec is a command-line utility for Linux and OS Ⅹ that transcodes (converts) audio files from one format (codec) to another. It leverages multi-core CPUs with lots of RAM by using a ramdisk, and running multiple processes concurrently (one per file and per codec).

caudec is most useful when dealing with one album at a time (with 1, 2 or 3 discs, with each track as a separate file). Handling of multiple albums is done via scripting. caudec cannot efficiently deal with very large files (recordings that are several hours long), or very large numbers of files (messy collections with a single directory and thousands of files).

This is free and open source software.

Features include:

  • Fast in operation.
  • Supported input formats / codecs: WAV, AIFF, CAF, FLAC, WavPack, Monkey’s Audio, TAK, Apple Lossless (ALAC).
  • Supported output formats / codecs: WAV, AIFF, CAF, FLAC, Flake, WavPack, Monkey’s Audio, TAK, Apple Lossless (ALAC), lossyWAV, LAME, Ogg Vorbis, Nero AAC, qaac, Musepack, Opus.
  • Support for high quality resampling and downmixing / upmixing to stereo, with SoX.
  • Optimized I/O: input files are copied onto a ramdisk sequentially, so as to get the best performance out of the underlying medium (e.g. a hard drive). Transcoding however is done concurrently. Example: file 1 gets copied. When that’s done, transcoding of file 1 starts. Meanwhile, file 2 gets copied, etc. There is very little time lost reading the files.
  • Transcoding to several different codecs at once is possible. In that case, decoding of input files is done only once.
  • Multiple instances of caudec can be run concurrently while sharing resources.
  • Metadata is preserved (as much as possible) from one codec to another.
  • Multiprocess Replaygain scanner (except for Opus and Musepack).
  • Uses existing, popular command line tools and encoders / decoders.

Developer: Guillaume Cocatre-Zilgien
License: GNU General Public License v3.0

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caudec in written in Shell.

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