Review: Convert your audio files into the formats of your choice with FeyConverter

Rip, convert, and encode your tunes with this flexible, option-filled freeware.

FeyConverter from Fey Tools is an easy-to-use, all-in-one CD ripper, converter, and encoder. It supports a wide range of file types, from common formats such as MP3, WAV, and WMA to less-familiar types like Ogg Vorbis and Bonk as well as high-quality formats like FLAC and LAME. FeyConveter creates playlists, manages info tags, handles plug-ins, and queries and manages CBBD data. It offers advanced configuration options for many encoder types. Best of all, it's free.

FeyConverter's no-nonsense user interface offers a nice change from the usual white-on-black, media player-based tools of its type, though of course FeyConverter integrates a capable media player into its layout. Though FeyConverter is hardly a pretty face, it's a friendly one--like a Windows dialog transformed into a tool by the addition of a colorful toolbar and player controls. The main view displays the usual file Title, Track, Length, and so on in draggable column headings, while below the program packs a lot of data fields into a compact but legible space. FeyConverter's method revolves around job lists we could save and return to later, but before we started ripping and converting files, we clicked the Database, Encoder, and Options menus to configure how the program accesses CDDB data, rips tracks, and creates playlists and cue sheets as well as general encoding settings such as on-the-fly encoding and encoding to a single file. We prefer loss-less file formats such as FLAC to more widely compatible formats such as MP3, so next we selected the FLAC encoder, opened its settings sheet, and made our choice.

If FeyConverter's setup sounds complicated, Beginner and Advanced User Guides are ready to help. And once you've made your choices, FeyConverter is as easy to use as any other tool of its type. Things like ripping speed and playback quality depend partly on your system, of course, but FeyConverter's combination of advanced options and easy operations sure got our attention.

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