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Max
Max
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Max

Version 0.9.1

High quality audio ripper.

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Max overview

Max is an application for creating high-quality audio files in various formats, from compact discs or files.

When extracting audio from compact discs, Max offers the maximum in flexibility to ensure the true sound of your CD is faithfully extracted. For pristine discs, Max offers a high-speed ripper with no error correction. For damaged discs, Max can either use its built-in comparison ripper (for drives that cache audio) or the error-correcting power of cdparanoia.

Once the audio is extracted, Max can generate audio in over 20 compressed and uncompressed formats including MP3, Ogg (Vorbis), FLAC, AAC, Apple Lossless, Monkey's Audio, WavPack, Speex, AIFF, and WAVE.

If you would like to convert your audio from one format to another, Max can read and write audio files in over 20 compressed and uncompressed formats at almost all sample rates and in most sample sizes. For many popular formats, the artist and album metadata is transferred seamlessly between the old and new files. Max can even split a single audio file into multiple tracks using a cue sheet.

Max leverages open source components and the resources of Mac OS X to provide extremely high-quality output. For example, MP3 encoding is accomplished with LAME, Ogg Vorbis encoding with aoTuV, FLAC encoding with libFLAC, and AAC and Apple Lossless encoding with Core Audio. Many PCM conversions are also possible using Core Audio and libsndfile.

Max is integrated with MusicBrainz to permit automatic retrieval of compact disc information. For MP3, FLAC, Ogg (FLAC), Ogg (Vorbis), Monkey's Audio, WavPack, AAC and Apple Lossless files Max will write this metadata to the output.

Max allows full control over where output files are placed and what they are named. If desired, Max will even add the encoded files to your iTunes library in a playlist of your choice.

For advanced users, Max allows control over how many threads are used for encoding, what type of error correction is used for audio extraction, and what parameters are used for each of the various encoders.

Max is free software released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

What’s new in version 0.9.1

Updated on Aug 31 2009

Version 0.9.1:
  • Formats preference pane works correctly on Snow Leopard.
  • Note: Automatic updates may not be working correctly.

Information

License

Free

Size

5.4 MB

Developer’s website

https://sbooth.org/Max/

Downloads

260615

App requirements

  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.4.0 or later
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klink9
klink9
Jun 1 2022
0.9.1
0.0
Jun 1 2022
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
When trying to open the latest Max update on a MacBook Air running macOP Catalina 10.15.7, I get this error; "Max needs to be updated. The developer of this app needs to update it to work with this version of macOS. Contact the developer for more information." Is there a quick fix? I really love using Max and I'd hate to lose it. It does everything I need.
Charliehodge
Charliehodge
Jun 20 2020
0.9.1
5.0
Jun 20 2020
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
There's a new 64-bit beta version. It works fine for me so far.
Noach
Noach
Nov 8 2017
0.9.1
4.5
Nov 8 2017
4.5
Version: 0.9.1
Knows what he's doing - see prefs
John-Keogh
John-Keogh
Feb 13 2016
0.9.1
4.0
Feb 13 2016
4.0
Version: 0.9.1
Still works fine for me, but I find the resulting files are quiet, so I convert with Permute or within iTunes.
Bobbster
Bobbster
Nov 26 2014
0.9.1
4.0
Nov 26 2014
4.0
Version: 0.9.1
I just want to confirm the last unstable release from the developer website, works fine on Yosemite.
Tlance
Tlance
Nov 22 2014
0.9.1
0.0
Nov 22 2014
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
YEp. Just want to give another report of Max being fine on Yosemite (10.1) - at least for my use: FLAC > ALAC & AAC.
Fking
Fking
Oct 2 2014
0.9.1
0.0
Oct 2 2014
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
sadly, broken in latest yosemite beta (end sept 2014). have used Max for a long time...will miss it (unless, of course, apple fixes whatever they changed...and the app works by the final release of yosemite)...
kingjj
kingjj
Jun 19 2014
0.9.1
0.0
Jun 19 2014
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
Essential software However, this version (0.9.1) crashes when attempting to access the format preferences using 10.6.8 Use the "unstable" version found here: http://sbooth.org/Max/#download
Drdul
Drdul
May 25 2014
0.9.1
0.0
May 25 2014
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
Max still works with 10.9.3 on my wife's old unibody MacBook with an internal SuperDrive, but I couldn't get it to work on my retina MBP with an external drive. I finally gave up and switched to XLD, which works perfectly.
Ryan129
Ryan129
Mar 31 2014
0.9.1
5.0
Mar 31 2014
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
Works really well and has no extra frills. Though the icon is slightly outdated, so I made a new one (http://i.imgur.com/LsoPElH.png)
Seedy
Seedy
May 14 2013
0.9.1
3.0
May 14 2013
3.0
Version: 0.9.1
I like Max, use the latest version from the Dev's site. Makes good files, works well, great option choices. Howevah, Music Brainz is incomplete, to say it nicely. Got tired of typing titles, esp when the Finder already knew what the CD was. So now I'm ripping with XLD, which finds the titles. Anyone know how to make Max use freedb, I'm listening. And yeah, there's certain things Max doesn't like, so we don't do those when he's open. Like adjusting the prefs when a disc is ready to convert.
Old-guy
Old-guy
Apr 6 2013
0.9.1
5.0
Apr 6 2013
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
Best free converter app. Period
Bera1
Bera1
Jan 28 2013
0.9.1
5.0
Jan 28 2013
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
easy to use efficient
macraffel
macraffel
Nov 14 2012
0.9.1
4.5
Nov 14 2012
4.5
Version: 0.9.1
I'm running OS10.8.2 on an i7 iMac. Max works like a charm. After the fluke experience of fluke (sorry guys but it was) I was very happy to find this piece of software to convert flac to mp3. Easy, and working well. what more do you want.
harperville
harperville
Aug 28 2012
0.9.1
4.5
Aug 28 2012
4.5
Version: 0.9.1
I tried Fluke before then stumbled across Max. Wow! So easy, powerful, and awesome to work with. Thanks!
Mark-Dancer
Mark-Dancer
May 6 2012
0.9.1
0.5
May 6 2012
0.5
Version: 0.9.1
Installed Max today. Launching MAX resulted in a kernel panic. Tried it again: not only a second kernel panic but a set of corrupted user preferences. It hasn’t been updated in years, and it doesn’t work with Snow Leopard.
Albabe
Albabe
Mar 1 2012
0.9.1
5.0
Mar 1 2012
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
When converting bin and cue to lossy (@320 m4a), this client works best for me.
Albabe
Albabe
Mar 1 2012
0.9.1
5.0
Mar 1 2012
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
When converting bin and cue to lossy (@320 m4a), this client works best for me.
Aargl
Aargl
Feb 28 2012
0.9.1
5.0
Feb 28 2012
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
Max hasn't been updated for years, now, but still is one of the best converters still available on PPC, with XLD. XLD is constantly updated, more than any other app I know (instead of Max, but Max is still a little better for some detail and some conversion, while XLD is quite as good and very flexible). I converted the same files with iTunes, XLD and Max, with the same settings, then watched the waveform (especially the higher end) in an editor: iTunes degrades the signal before XLD, and XLD before Max (but not significantly).
Mikael-B
Mikael-B
Dec 5 2011
0.9.1
0.0
Dec 5 2011
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
Above the claim is made that Max can split one flac album file into tracks with the help of a cue file. It's totally unclear to me how that is supposed to be set up. When I tried such a file duo (flac + cue) Max made one big aiff file. How do you do it?
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