Installation 

Download the converter, related to this article, it's free, and open installation package - a file with DMG or PKG extension.

To MP3 Converter Installation Package

Installation Package of To MP3 Converter

 

Drag application icon into the Applications folder to install it on your Mac computer.

First application start

Open installed converter. At the first application start, the system might show a message like below. Such message is displayed only one time for newly installed applications. Press "Open" button to launch converter. 

A system message on first application start - press "Open" button
A system message on first application start - press "Open" button

 

Checking Preferences

At the first application start, the Preferences window will be opened with selected 'Format' tab.

To MP3 Converter - Preferences

To MP3 Converter - Preferences

If you don't have any specific requirements on Bit Rate, Sample Rate, Channels, Codec you might want to leave default settings as is. Let the application select appropriate settings, specific for every source file you are trying to convert, automatically. 

You might also check General, Effects or Tags Preferences and setup the conversion according to your needs.

For example, If you are converting your music collection, you might want to setup Loudness Normalization, which equalizes volumes of audio tracks, so you won't need to change the volume from song to song when listening.

Another example is conversion of speech records. You might want to set Automatic Volume Control with Peak Normalization to improve the quality of speech records, podcasts or voice memos. 

One more example is the need to enable or disable the CUE Splitter, which is enabled by default.

Read More: Preferences / General >>
Read More: Preferences / Effects - Audio Effects and Volume Adjusting >>
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Read More: Peak and Loudness (EBU R128) Normalization >>
Read More: Trimming Silence and Noise Automatically >>
Read More: Fade-In & Fade-Out Audio Effects >>
Read More: Preferences / Tags >>

 

Checking Destination Folder 

Another important point is where your converted files should be stored. Click on destination folder to set your folder if default folder is not suitable. You might also select the option 'As Source Folder,' which is useful when converting single files. 

You might also select  'As Source Folder,' which is useful when converting individual files. When 'As Source Folder' is selected converted files will be placed into the same directory where source files reside.

Setting up the Destination Folder
Setting up the Destination Folder

 

Starting Conversion

The conversion can be started by several ways:

  • Drop audio/video files in application’s icon, no matter in this case, whether the application was started or not.
  • Drop audio or video files in the main application window.
  • Drop audio or video files in the progress window.
  • Press 'Browse' button in the main application window and select files or folders to convert.

You can add the single file, multiple files or tree of folders for conversion. By default, the converter will replicate the structure of source directories in the destination folder.

You also can start as many simultaneous sessions as you want. Don't wait when the previous conversion is finished. Drop in the converter as many files and folders as you need and when you need. 

Conversion Process

After the conversion session has been started, the app will show conversion’s progress window with estimated remaining conversion time, full information about conversion progress, even if there are thousands of files to process. The progress window provides the detailed status of conversion for every file.

To MP3 Converter Main Window and Progress Window

To MP3 Converter Main Window and Progress Window

 

By default, the converter performs tasks during conversion:

  • Analyses Bit Rate, Sample Rate and Channels of source files and applies optimal values, specific for every output file
  • Applies Peak Normalization with 0 dBFS, to adjust the volume of tracks
  • Accepts CUE sheets and splits related FLAC or WAV files
  • Transfers tags from source to destination files
  • Replicates the structure of source folders in the destination folder

Each task can be configured in the Preferences window.

 

Opening converted files in Finder

After conversion, the converter will show the number of files, which were successfully converted. You can find converted files in the folder, which is set as “Destination folder” in the main window.

To access them quickly in Finder, click on the top link in the progress window. This task can be automated, and Finder with converted files can be opened automatically. To achieve this, enable the option "Show Converted Files in Finder" in Preferences / General window.

Alternatively, you can open source and destination files separately, by clicking links with green background in the list.

To MP3 Converter progress window after conversion
To MP3 Converter progress window after conversion 

 

Exporting converted files to iTunes

The feature allows exporting songs to iTunes playlists straight after conversion.

Just click on the link "Send to iTunes," int the Progress Window to export converted files to iTunes. A dialogue window appears where you can specify the name of the playlist. Press Continue button to complete the export.

To MP3 Converter - Progress Window - exporting to iTunes
To MP3 Converter - Progress Window - Exporting to iTunes  

Opening converted files in Tag Editor

Click on the link "Edit Tags" to open converted files in the Tag Editor. Tag Editor makes your playlists completely flawless. As a handy spreadsheet, it provides a convenient way for batch editing and cleaning up of tags, loading tags from the network services and renaming files.