Max
Max
0.9.1

4.3

Max free download for Mac

Max

0.9.1
31 August 2009

High quality audio ripper.

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 Max

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

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Jriskin
11 November 2008

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Had some .FLAC files, wanted .MP3/.M4A (aac)... Worked quickly and easily. Lots of options.
Like (5)
Version 0.8.1
Noach
08 November 2017
Knows what he's doing - see prefs
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Version 0.9.1
John-Keogh
13 February 2016
Still works fine for me, but I find the resulting files are quiet, so I convert with Permute or within iTunes.
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Version 0.9.1
Bobbster
26 November 2014
I just want to confirm the last unstable release from the developer website, works fine on Yosemite.
Like (2)
Version 0.9.1
Tlance
22 November 2014
YEp. Just want to give another report of Max being fine on Yosemite (10.1) - at least for my use: FLAC > ALAC & AAC.
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Version 0.9.1
Fking
02 October 2014
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)...
Like (1)
Version 0.9.1
3 answer(s)
Steve K
Steve K
20 November 2014
Max was the best for so long. I switched to Adapter as it's being actively developed. Give it a try, it's pretty great. And free :)
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Fking
Fking
20 November 2014
the developer of max says he's gonna look at it; i've been using XLD in the meantime, it's very good too...
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Steve K
Steve K
22 November 2014
Update: I installed Max 0.9.1 on OS 10.10.1 and it worked perfectly. I tried converting a huge, 1.6gb wav file to Apple Lossless with Adapter, which I previously recommended, but the resulting file contained artifacts and what sounded like clipping distortion. But Max's file was perfect. So it's back to Max for me. Feels like slipping into your favorite, worn-in pair of jeans.
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kingjj
19 June 2014
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
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Version 0.9.1
Drdul
25 May 2014
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.
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Version 0.9.1
Ryan129
31 March 2014
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)
Like (1)
Version 0.9.1
1 answer(s)
Mruben
Mruben
05 August 2014
Great icon - thanks!
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Seedy
14 May 2013
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.
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Version 0.9.1
2 answer(s)
Uncoy
Uncoy
06 February 2014
I'm another user on XLD now, just for the CD titles. It's just as much of a pain to try to submit titles to MusicBrainz as to type them out. Insane. http://foliovision.com/2010/03/freedb-cddb-musicbrainz-on-osx
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Seedy
Seedy
10 January 2015
As a little update, I ripped some CD's lately, something rare now, where I mostly convert vinyl (looks at calendar again). Had 3 reasonably current releases to FLAC-icise for my player, no tracklists could be found by XLD or Max. When this happens, the GUI of Max is far superior to XLD, as is the output config, it makes a folder and puts the files in it for me.

So until the music db world wakes up, we're staying with Max. BTW, I did try to submit to Musicbrainz, but of course that had to be pointlessly difficult, nothing like needing to type it in again. Perhaps more hurdles would prevent the staff from being overloaded, like needing a blood sample before adding to it.

Thanks for the link, Uncoy, saddening but good to know.
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Old-Peter
06 April 2013
Best free converter app. Period
Like (1)
Version 0.9.1