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xACT
xACT
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xACT

Version 2.50

Audio compression toolkit.

xACT overview

xACT stands for X Audio Compression Toolkit, an application that encodes and decodes FLAC, SHN, Monkey's Audio, TTA, Wavpack, and Apple Lossless files. It also can encode these formats to MP3, AAC, or Opus, and do various other utility functions, in addition to a full set of shntool functions. Under the hood, xACT is a GUI based front end for the unix applications Shorten (3.6.1), shntool (3.0.10), Monkey's Audio Compressor (3.99), flac (1.3.1), wavpack (4.70.0), TTA (3.4.1), Opus 0.1.6, and cdda2wav 3.0 (with paranoia support). It also uses SoX ( 14.4.2), LAME (3.99.5), AtomicParsley (0.9.0), TagLib (1.9.1) and MP4v2 (2.0.0). It executes the basic commands of these applications and adds other features to speed up productivity in creation/use of etree.org standard filesets.

What’s new in version 2.50

Updated on Jun 09 2020

Version 2.50:
  • Converting AIFF > Wav and WAV > AIFF will now copy tags
  • Batch Rename can rename based off tags in the file. Hover over Prefix textbox to see how

Information

License

Free

Size

7.8 MB

Developer’s website

http://xact.scottcbrown.org/

Downloads

789931

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.9.0 or later
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tonyarabish
tonyarabish
Oct 30 2020
2.50
4.0
Oct 30 2020
4.0
Version: 2.50
With Avdshare Video Converter, users can easily join as many FLAC files as they want into one FLAC file.
TomLoredo
TomLoredo
Jan 19 2019
2.47
0.0
Jan 19 2019
0.0
Version: 2.47
Note that the release notes for version 2.47 (build 7974), released on 09/15/2018, reports that the washed-out color issue for artwork has been fixed.
DJSquint
DJSquint
Aug 2 2018
2.46
4.0
Aug 2 2018
4.0
Version: 2.46
Average audio encoder tool with about worse GUI ever created. But hey, it is free so why complaining. ;-)
Anthony Jr.
Anthony Jr.
Aug 1 2018
2.46
5.0
Aug 1 2018
5.0
Version: 2.46
I use this app for every audio mixing project I work on, exporting from ProTools out as a WAV file and creating all of my LAME-encoded MP3s to send out to the artists for review. The MP3 tagging function is also incredibly easy. Really wish I could convince more people to add xACT to their toolkit.
joe-m-noel
joe-m-noel
Apr 30 2018
2.44
3.0
Apr 30 2018
3.0
Version: 2.44
This is an excellent app that I use daily. Thank you. Sadly, a troubling bug has appeared since OSX has updated its lates version of High Seirra (10.13.4) with the the artwork being stripped of its color. This is a big problem for me as I make custom artwork for concerts. While it will be okay on my end as I can reinsert it into my library. The 100's of folks that download the music don't have that luxury.
pettifogger0712
pettifogger0712
Feb 25 2018
2.44
4.0
Feb 25 2018
4.0
Version: 2.44
Awesome app BUT one small quibble - I usually edit the tags of any files ripped into FLAC via xAct and add the cover art myself [600x600px, JPG format] but whenever the FLAC audio files are exported/converted into ALAC or MP3 format using xAct, the artwork of any files originally ripped into FLAC has a faded/washed out appearance when converted...However, this is a minor glitch as the artwork can always be manually reinserted via iTunes once added to your music library and it then looks OK :-)
scott-133
scott-133
Dec 21 2017
2.41
5.0
Dec 21 2017
5.0
Version: 2.41
awesome. this app did exactly what I needed and without any frustration. I had a whole folder of audio files in one format and needed to convert them to another. easy as 1,2,3. wonderful.
hfso
hfso
Mar 30 2017
2.39
5.0
Mar 30 2017
5.0
Version: 2.39
Hey Scott, this is a great app. Thank you! Is there a way to add additional metadata? I click on custom tabs and it does nothing. It is important that we are not only able to add the composer name, we must be able to add the publisher's (aka rights holders) name. Thanks for any help you can provide.
VE
VE
Feb 22 2017
2.39
5.0
Feb 22 2017
5.0
Version: 2.39
I've been using xACT since years and I find it absolut top! That said... The download link to the latest v. 2.39 says "The requested URL /xACT2.39.zip was not found on this server." Anybody know where to find it?
george-flaxman
george-flaxman
Oct 28 2015
2.36
0.0
Oct 28 2015
0.0
Version: 2.36
Hi, I have used xAct for some time, and today my Mac Mini told me that "PowerPC" applications are no longer supported ?. I've just tried to download the latest version and it just hangs. Can anyone advise ?.
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
Aug 7 2015
2.36
0.0
Aug 7 2015
0.0
Version: 2.36
Can someone other than the clearly biased Markoh provide a comparison as to why this is better than XLD for transcoding? I see it does checksumming, but that's something I don't use. I do a lot of FLAC to AAC conversions and have used XLD almost exclusively, but I've also tried Switch and others. I've found XLD easy to use including splitting with .cue files, so why might I prefer using xACT (other than the rad icon)?
Markoh
Markoh
Jun 11 2015
2.36
0.5
Jun 11 2015
0.5
Version: 2.36
The latest version of xACT still hasn't convinced me that it's better than another better alternative, which has 67 likes in the "Similar Software" section. As one reviewer already mentioned, xACT isn't intuitive when it comes to splitting a single file with a CUE sheet. I even tried this but failed. Is there a way? If so, could the developer give a hint as to how it's accomplished with xACT? Cheers in advance!
RogerMP
RogerMP
Jan 26 2015
2.35
5.0
Jan 26 2015
5.0
Version: 2.35
Great App
musiclover408
musiclover408
Dec 26 2014
2.35
0.0
Dec 26 2014
0.0
Version: 2.35
I've heard that you can use this program to take a single flac file and split it into the individual tracks. I do have the cue sheet. I just can't seem to figure out how to easily use this program to accomplish this mission. Thanks so much for the help and Happy Holidays!!
Markoh
Markoh
Dec 11 2014
2.35
0.5
Dec 11 2014
0.5
Version: 2.35
I had another shot with xACT (2.35) to see if the CD extraction is better than that of another application (which I won't mention so that the xACT DEV won't have another breakdown). Extracting CDs with xACT seems to be slower. What could I be doing wrong? Is it a simple pref thingy, or is xACT not as good with CD extraction compared to a similar application?
Markoh
Markoh
Aug 29 2014
2.33
0.5
Aug 29 2014
0.5
Version: 2.33
Nope. Sorry. I tried out xACT but it still doesn't beat X Lossless Decoder.
Milmascaras
Milmascaras
Aug 18 2014
2.33
5.0
Aug 18 2014
5.0
Version: 2.33
Still my "go to" app for the "Fix SBE" function to process my needledrops, and for the "Checksum" operations, to verify audio files, and to verify checksum files. (These very essential and necessary options are Not handled by XLD, which is still my "other" go to app.) As an advanced user, I give both xACT and XLD 5 stars, as each has its own unique place in my workflow, and much respect to both developers, for all these years of fantastic FREE tools!!
Markoh
Markoh
Aug 18 2014
2.33
0.5
Aug 18 2014
0.5
Version: 2.33
Is there a distinguishable difference between "LAME VBR -q 2 V0" & "LAME VBR -q 0 ? xACT offers the highest quality (-q 0,0) while XLD only offers (-q 2). I ripped a CD using -q 0,0 (xACT) and -q 2 (XLD), and the end result were the exact same bitrates but -q 0,0 did spit out slightly larger files (MBs). Is there an audible difference?
Markoh
Markoh
Aug 12 2014
2.32
0.5
Aug 12 2014
0.5
Version: 2.32
xACT still doesn't beat X Lossless Decoder.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Aug 1 2014
2.31
4.0
Aug 1 2014
4.0
Version: 2.31
xACT is a perennially great audio format interchange app for Mac. I've been using it for many years and enjoy all its features. The only complaints I have about xACT at this time are: 1) It can't handle compressed AIFF files, aka AIFC. That's odd. 2) It can only create Joint Stereo MP3 files, never Stereo. That's odd. It's terrific that in includes LAME MP3 compression by default as LAME provides the best quality MP3s. But it should also provide a check box to allow for full stereo files. I have never liked Joint Stereo results. Meanwhile, for other purposes, what a great application for free! It's a must have.
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