- Checking Preferences
- Checking Destination Folder
- Starting Conversion
- Conversion Process
- Opening converted files in Finder
- Exporting converted files to iTunes
- Opening converted files in Tag Editor
Download the converter, related to this article, it's free, and open installation package - a file with DMG or PKG extension.
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.
At the first application start, the Preferences window will be opened with selected 'Format' tab.
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.
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.
One more example is the need to enable or disable the CUE Splitter, which is enabled by default.
Read More: Preferences / General >>
Read More: Audio Effects and Volume Adjusting on Mac OS >>
Read More: Automatic Volume Control >>
Read More: Peak and Loudness (EBU R128) Normalization on Mac >>
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.