Max
Max 0.9.1
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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
What's New
Version 0.9.1:
  • Formats preference pane works correctly on Snow Leopard.
  • Note: Automatic updates may not be working correctly.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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Ryan129 reviewed on 31 Mar 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Though the icon is slightly outdated, so I made a new one (http://i.imgur.com/LsoPElH.png)
[Version 0.9.1]


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Seedy reviewed on 13 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.
[Version 0.9.1]

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Uncoy replied on 06 Feb 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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Old_guy reviewed on 06 Apr 2013
Best free converter app. Period
[Version 0.9.1]


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Bera1 reviewed on 28 Jan 2013
easy to use
efficient
[Version 0.9.1]


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Mac Os X 4ever commented on 10 Dec 2012
Doesn't seem to work.
I setup 2 MP3 setups. 1 for music and 1 for Audiobooks.
The music one is 320 and high quality, while the Audiobook her much lower settings to save space for spoken audio.
No matter how hard I have tried, it seems to alwayd rip the CDs in 256. My MP3 encoder settings that I made seem to be ignored.
I tried to go in and check/uncheck them to select which to use and still nothing.
Idk if I am doing something wrong, or if it's just totally broken.
Also, looking up the CD and artwork needs improvement to allow other DSs.
i tried Rip too, and it has no control over encoder settings.
I guess it's back to iTunes for now and having to constantly adjust the encoder settings manually.
[Version 0.9.1]

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Mikael B replied on 02 Mar 2013
It would be easier to advice if you gave version of OS X, version of iTunes.

In my installation of Max 0.9.1 I had to add the formats I needed and keep them selected in ordet to get them done. I removed all of the others och deselected them.

You did all this?

From time to time Max acts up, but I could never say it doesn't work.
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macraffel reviewed on 14 Nov 2012
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.
[Version 0.9.1]

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Mikael B replied on 02 Mar 2013
You seem to be misguided in what Fluke is supposed to do. Fluke retains the original file as is, yet makes it playable and a part of the iTunes music library. There are specific reasons for that. Most common when using iTunes for keeping track of files and playing back music with third party software thjat suports FLAC.

If you're not interested in that there are lot of quality alternatives for converting to other formats, including lossless like Apple Lossless and AIFF, or lossy formats like LAME MP3 or AAC. In the latter category Max is a very good contender but its focus is very different from Fluke.
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harperville reviewed on 28 Aug 2012
I tried Fluke before then stumbled across Max. Wow! So easy, powerful, and awesome to work with. Thanks!
[Version 0.9.1]


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Mark Dancer reviewed on 06 May 2012
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.
[Version 0.9.1]

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Anthony1947 replied on 08 May 2012
Strangely, though, it does work with Lion — 10.7.3. I use it, for example, to remove the MP3 tracks from Facebook video downloads.
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H3L0 replied on 16 Aug 2012
You are better off switching to XLD it gets regular updates, and it's compatible with 10.4 to 10.8.
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Mikael B replied on 02 Mar 2013
I'm using it in OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard and it also worked on OS X 10.7 Lion. Often you need to completely uninstall and reinstall Max if you had it installed in your machine or user profile before.
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+404

Albabe reviewed on 01 Mar 2012
When converting bin and cue to lossy (@320 m4a), this client works best for me.
[Version 0.9.1]


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Albabe reviewed on 01 Mar 2012
When converting bin and cue to lossy (@320 m4a), this client works best for me.
[Version 0.9.1]


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Mikael B had trouble on 05 Dec 2011
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?
[Version 0.9.1]


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Agmaster had trouble on 15 Nov 2010
It randomly crashes when browsing the preferences in 10.6.5
[Version 0.9.1]

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Maclover1.1 replied on 18 Nov 2010
same here.. please update..
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Kristijonas commented on 24 Nov 2010
The same here - it crashes when opening "Formats" tab.
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Garrett D had trouble on 23 Oct 2009
Probably off topic a bit but
I've gotten some folders with the music in .flac files for each song and a .cue file which seems to have to do with drawing some tracks closely together but maintaining a 'normal' track to track time for others.
I've scoured the web looking for how to utilize the .cue file in burning audio CDs with their timing intact. Surely there is some Mac way of doing this or am I to face the wrath of my Windows friends for having to get them to do it for me?
[Version 0.9.1]


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JorgeHP had trouble on 31 Aug 2009
When I activate the iTunes' Sound Check feature it says that Max's encoded songs have a lower volume (negligible I admit) than those encoded with iTunes, why is that?
[Version 0.9.1]

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Neil_m replied on 02 Oct 2009
Probably best to go to the Max Forum and ask.
burypromote

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Nymphe had trouble on 29 Aug 2009
I couldn't set any format at the preferences window. It doesn't show up anything at all. Is it a Snow Leopard issue?
[Version 0.9]

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Sbooth.org (developer) replied on 30 Aug 2009
Version 0.9.1 works with Snow Leopard
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Abalem ^_^ had trouble on 07 Nov 2007
Please !! I'm using this everyday, make it Leopard ready !! Onegaishimasu !

(Same problem as stated below...)
[Version 0.7.1]


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vol had trouble on 01 Nov 2007
yeah ,cant open Setup output formats in Preferences
[Version 0.7.1]


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morpe had trouble on 31 Oct 2007
leopard issue, consolle output on clik to the botton "setup output format" on window file conversion.


01/11/07 04:33:29 Max[1758] *** Assertion failure in getCoreAudioFileDataFormats(), /tmp/Max-0.7.1/Utilities/CoreAudioUtilities.m:206
01/11/07 04:33:29 Max[1758] The call to AudioConverterSetProperty failed (!dat).
[Version 0.7.1]


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VeryCarla had trouble on 29 Sep 2007
Max sure doesn't like dealing with a lot of files being added at once, does it? I've had it crash on my twice when I've added more than 1,000 files (Apple Lossless & FLAC, and no, not all at once) to be converted to MP3. Not only that, but it seems to struggle when I try to add more than one album at a time, spinning up the fans and dragging the whole system down into the mud.

There are some performance issues here which while atypical are nevertheless serious.

The obvious workaround is to simply convert files in smaller batches, and that's what I'm doing, but I hope this issue receives some attention in future releases. Max is an amazingly useful tool and is something I've come to rely on. I want it to be the best, most useful tool it can be, and I expect that I'm not alone in that sentiment. Fixing this will elevate Max.

As I typed this, Max gagged and crashed when I tried to go beyond 1,277 tracks. Because of its extreme slowness, I have to add one album at a time, and it takes a LOOOOONG time to reach that count. *sigh*
[Version 0.7.1]


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+20
Aikousha had trouble on 13 Dec 2006
Sorry, Wavpack unpacking does not work. This is a repeatable bug. No matter the .wv input, no matter what output file type or settings. Result is always the same -- horribly buzzy and hashed sound. The output is barely recognizable.
Waveform output shows the main reason -- at very rapid frequency, the waveform zeros out, then returns.

Hope this gets ironed out soon... It's a nice little app.
[Version 0.6.1]



BrianTrouba4678 rated on 03 Oct 2013

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Indica rated on 10 Dec 2012

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nobody2011 rated on 15 Oct 2012

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H3L0 rated on 16 Aug 2012

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Bryston rated on 11 Jul 2012

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Fzp rated on 05 May 2012

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w2b rated on 28 Feb 2012

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Snake-One rated on 20 Oct 2011

[Version 0.9.1]



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Werty rated on 09 Oct 2011

[Version 0.9.1]



Isaacangelo rated on 02 Jun 2011

[Version 0.9.1]


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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 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).


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