LAME
LAME
3.100

3.3

LAME

LAME

3.10021 May 2019

Audio encoder for MP3 files.

LAME
Free
21 May 2019

3.3

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LAME

LAME

3.10021 May 2019

Audio encoder for MP3 files.

Overview

LAME is a high quality MPEG Audio Layer III (MP3) encoder licensed under the LGPL.

LAME is only distribued in source code form. For binaries and GUI based programs which can use LAME (or include fully licensed versions of LAME), check the LAME related links. All software from the LAME project can be found in the project's file area.

LAME development started around mid-1998. Mike Cheng started it as a patch against the 8hz-MP3 encoder sources. After some quality concerns raised by others, he decided to start from scratch based on the dist10 sources. His goal was only to speed up the dist10 sources, and leave its quality untouched. That branch (a patch against the reference sources) became Lame 2.0, and with Lame 3.81 all of dist10 code was replaced, making LAME no more only a patch.

The project quickly became a team project. Mike Cheng eventually left leadership and started working on tooLame, an MP2 encoder. Mark Taylor became leader and started pursuing better quality in addition to increased speed. He can be considered the initiator of the LAME project in its current form. He released version 3.0 featuring gpsycho, a new psychoacoustic model he developed.

In early 2003 Mark left project leadership, and since then the project has been lead through the cooperation of the active developers (currently three individuals).

Today, LAME is considered the best MP3 encoder at mid-high bitrates and at VBR, mostly thanks to the dedicated work of its developers and the open source licensing model that allowed the project to tap into engineering resources from all around the world. Both quality and speed improvements are still happening, probably making LAME the only MP3 encoder still being actively developed.

LAME features:
  • Quality better than all other encoders at most bitrates.
  • Fast! Encodes faster than real time on a PII 266 at highest quality mode.
  • Many improvements in quality in speed over ISO reference software. See history.
  • MPEG1, MPEG2 and MPEG2.5 layer III encoding.
  • CBR (constant bitrate) and two types of variable bitrate, VBR and ABR.
  • Encoding engine can be compiled as a shared library (Linux/UNIX), DLL , Directshow filter or ACM codec (Windows).
  • Free format encoding and decoding.
  • GPSYCHO: a GPL'd psycho acoustic and noise shaping model.
  • Powerful and easy to use presets.
  • MP3x: a GTK/X-Window MP3 frame analyzer for both .mp3 and unencoded audio files.

What's new in LAME

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

Requirements for LAME

  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

27 Reviews

Rate this app:

28 February 2010

Most helpful

Why do they post Windows stuff on a Mac software web site? Someone's not paying attention, it seems. In any case this shows once again the wonder of open source, written by propeller-heads for propeller-heads. Now and then you'll find someone who actually knows how to design a UI for his little bag of tricks, but it's the exception that proves the rule. Why the rant, you say? Why indeed. Have you ever heard the open source folks talk about the great unwashed - that is the majority of code impaired users? They literally ooze with contempt for anyone too benighted to know how to use a computer without a friendly UI. Of course, even the UNIX and Windows shells are a UI of sorts, just a very primitive one. But don't tell the open source geeks that. They think they're the very epitome of modern high-tech sophistication. For them 1979 is forever.
Like (4)
Version 3.98.3
15 November 2017
Lastest build is here: http://lame.buanzo.org/#lameosxdl
Like (1)
Version 3.99.5
18 April 2017
Like
Version 3.99.5
11 June 2014
The latest LAME 3.99.5 ist built into the free XLD (X Lossless Decoder). Works great.
Like (1)
Version 3.99.5
20 August 2011
Like
Version 3.98.4
01 April 2010
Going here worked for me; http://web.me.com/krmathis/
Like
Version 3.98.4
1 answer(s)
bb553
03 January 2014
krmathis link now goes to iCloud site - where users have to log in, authorize devices, and risk the NSA-caused security issues via iCloud PowerPC optimized LAME binaries [ http://tmkk.hp.infoseek.co.jp/lame/index_e.html ] URL no longer exists RareWares Intel LAME URL [ http://www.rarewares.org/mp3-lame-bundle.php ] is still functional, but note that it is currently Windows only for LAME 3.9.9.x; There appears to be a Thalictrum OS X version of LAME 3.99.5 installer package [ http://thalictrum.com/en/products/lame.html ] - Note: The LameLib used by Audacity is not supported by Thalictrum's LAME builds - and the Thalictrum site also provides LAMELure 2.0.2 [ http:// www.thalictrum.com/en/products/lamelure.html ] "An application to fool Blacktree's iTunes-LAME application into using the LAME encoder, as installed by the Thalictrum installer" Nuclear Pixel has a LAME 3.98.3 Universal Binary (PPC/Intel) for OSX 10.5 and above [ http://nuclearpixel.com/blog/view/2010-03-20_lame_3.98.3_universal_for_mac_osx_10.5/ ]
Like
23 March 2010
Unless I missed something, this 3.98.4 is for Windows only. The "Download Now" link gets redirected to a general page, from whence the download for Mac is version 3.98 (.0) and dated from July.
Like (4)
Version 3.98.4
1 answer(s)
Shock-J
23 March 2010
http://lame.cvs.sourceforge.net/*checkout*/lame/lame/doc/html/history.html?revision=HEAD The Release notes state the all Improvements for LAME DirectShow filter (which is Windows only). There is one bug fix that affects quality. Linux/Unix users can choose whether or not to skip this update based on the very limited changes.
Like (1)
Version 3.98.4
04 March 2010
While the source code for 3.98.3 has been released, a compiled version is not yet available, and the source has not been added to Fink or MacPorts yet. If you need a compiled version of LAME immediately, then download the older version: http://web.me.com/krmathis/applications/Lame%203.98.2.dmg
Like (1)
Version 3.98.3
28 February 2010
http://www.rarewares.org/dancer/dancer.php?f=286
Like
Version 3.98.3
1 answer(s)
Wanderer
01 March 2010
That's the Windblows exe file, this is MACupdate mate.
Like (3)
Version 3.98.3
28 February 2010
What? Link says its a ZIP file then it goes to a mish mash site that's so badly laid out I couldn't find the installer/updater. I'll stick with the current version thanks. I need LAME to use with Sound Edit to save as mp3.
Like (2)
Version 3.98.3
4 answer(s)
Wanderer
01 March 2010
More gobble-dy-gook, is there a simple link to the Mac installer/updater? Why do developers, sorry, some developers assume everyone is as geeky as they are? Human interface people, please, put your Coke and pizza away for a minute.
Like (2)
Version 3.98.3
cottinghamk
01 March 2010
If you want a GUI, just download Max. What are you doing with a LAME bundle if you don't even know how to use it from Terminal?
Like
Version 3.98.3
Wanderer
01 March 2010
By GUI I meant for the installer/updater/location of the blessed file! I'm not using it via Terminal, LAME is a requirement for an application called Sound Studio to save as mp3 files.
Like (1)
Version 3.98.3
RavenNevermore
13 October 2012
I agree, these sourceforge project pages are usually very disorganized.
Like
28 February 2010
Why do they post Windows stuff on a Mac software web site? Someone's not paying attention, it seems. In any case this shows once again the wonder of open source, written by propeller-heads for propeller-heads. Now and then you'll find someone who actually knows how to design a UI for his little bag of tricks, but it's the exception that proves the rule. Why the rant, you say? Why indeed. Have you ever heard the open source folks talk about the great unwashed - that is the majority of code impaired users? They literally ooze with contempt for anyone too benighted to know how to use a computer without a friendly UI. Of course, even the UNIX and Windows shells are a UI of sorts, just a very primitive one. But don't tell the open source geeks that. They think they're the very epitome of modern high-tech sophistication. For them 1979 is forever.
Like (4)
Version 3.98.3
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MP3

Developer Website:
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27 Reviews

Rate this app:

28 February 2010

Most helpful

Why do they post Windows stuff on a Mac software web site? Someone's not paying attention, it seems. In any case this shows once again the wonder of open source, written by propeller-heads for propeller-heads. Now and then you'll find someone who actually knows how to design a UI for his little bag of tricks, but it's the exception that proves the rule. Why the rant, you say? Why indeed. Have you ever heard the open source folks talk about the great unwashed - that is the majority of code impaired users? They literally ooze with contempt for anyone too benighted to know how to use a computer without a friendly UI. Of course, even the UNIX and Windows shells are a UI of sorts, just a very primitive one. But don't tell the open source geeks that. They think they're the very epitome of modern high-tech sophistication. For them 1979 is forever.
Like (4)
Version 3.98.3
15 November 2017
Lastest build is here: http://lame.buanzo.org/#lameosxdl
Like (1)
Version 3.99.5
18 April 2017
Like
Version 3.99.5
11 June 2014
The latest LAME 3.99.5 ist built into the free XLD (X Lossless Decoder). Works great.
Like (1)
Version 3.99.5
20 August 2011
Like
Version 3.98.4
01 April 2010
Going here worked for me; http://web.me.com/krmathis/
Like
Version 3.98.4
1 answer(s)
bb553
03 January 2014
krmathis link now goes to iCloud site - where users have to log in, authorize devices, and risk the NSA-caused security issues via iCloud PowerPC optimized LAME binaries [ http://tmkk.hp.infoseek.co.jp/lame/index_e.html ] URL no longer exists RareWares Intel LAME URL [ http://www.rarewares.org/mp3-lame-bundle.php ] is still functional, but note that it is currently Windows only for LAME 3.9.9.x; There appears to be a Thalictrum OS X version of LAME 3.99.5 installer package [ http://thalictrum.com/en/products/lame.html ] - Note: The LameLib used by Audacity is not supported by Thalictrum's LAME builds - and the Thalictrum site also provides LAMELure 2.0.2 [ http:// www.thalictrum.com/en/products/lamelure.html ] "An application to fool Blacktree's iTunes-LAME application into using the LAME encoder, as installed by the Thalictrum installer" Nuclear Pixel has a LAME 3.98.3 Universal Binary (PPC/Intel) for OSX 10.5 and above [ http://nuclearpixel.com/blog/view/2010-03-20_lame_3.98.3_universal_for_mac_osx_10.5/ ]
Like
23 March 2010
Unless I missed something, this 3.98.4 is for Windows only. The "Download Now" link gets redirected to a general page, from whence the download for Mac is version 3.98 (.0) and dated from July.
Like (4)
Version 3.98.4
1 answer(s)
Shock-J
23 March 2010
http://lame.cvs.sourceforge.net/*checkout*/lame/lame/doc/html/history.html?revision=HEAD The Release notes state the all Improvements for LAME DirectShow filter (which is Windows only). There is one bug fix that affects quality. Linux/Unix users can choose whether or not to skip this update based on the very limited changes.
Like (1)
Version 3.98.4
04 March 2010
While the source code for 3.98.3 has been released, a compiled version is not yet available, and the source has not been added to Fink or MacPorts yet. If you need a compiled version of LAME immediately, then download the older version: http://web.me.com/krmathis/applications/Lame%203.98.2.dmg
Like (1)
Version 3.98.3
28 February 2010
http://www.rarewares.org/dancer/dancer.php?f=286
Like
Version 3.98.3
1 answer(s)
Wanderer
01 March 2010
That's the Windblows exe file, this is MACupdate mate.
Like (3)
Version 3.98.3
28 February 2010
What? Link says its a ZIP file then it goes to a mish mash site that's so badly laid out I couldn't find the installer/updater. I'll stick with the current version thanks. I need LAME to use with Sound Edit to save as mp3.
Like (2)
Version 3.98.3
4 answer(s)
Wanderer
01 March 2010
More gobble-dy-gook, is there a simple link to the Mac installer/updater? Why do developers, sorry, some developers assume everyone is as geeky as they are? Human interface people, please, put your Coke and pizza away for a minute.
Like (2)
Version 3.98.3
cottinghamk
01 March 2010
If you want a GUI, just download Max. What are you doing with a LAME bundle if you don't even know how to use it from Terminal?
Like
Version 3.98.3
Wanderer
01 March 2010
By GUI I meant for the installer/updater/location of the blessed file! I'm not using it via Terminal, LAME is a requirement for an application called Sound Studio to save as mp3 files.
Like (1)
Version 3.98.3
RavenNevermore
13 October 2012
I agree, these sourceforge project pages are usually very disorganized.
Like
28 February 2010
Why do they post Windows stuff on a Mac software web site? Someone's not paying attention, it seems. In any case this shows once again the wonder of open source, written by propeller-heads for propeller-heads. Now and then you'll find someone who actually knows how to design a UI for his little bag of tricks, but it's the exception that proves the rule. Why the rant, you say? Why indeed. Have you ever heard the open source folks talk about the great unwashed - that is the majority of code impaired users? They literally ooze with contempt for anyone too benighted to know how to use a computer without a friendly UI. Of course, even the UNIX and Windows shells are a UI of sorts, just a very primitive one. But don't tell the open source geeks that. They think they're the very epitome of modern high-tech sophistication. For them 1979 is forever.
Like (4)
Version 3.98.3