Helium Audio Converter

Helium Audio Converter

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.7
out of 20 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1 build 191
  • Total Downloads:
    18,266
  • Date Added:
    August 16, 2011
  • File Size:
    4.43MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    57
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

Editors' Review

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You'd probably resist buying vinyl albums if you needed a different record player for each one. And wouldn't it be annoying to need a bunch of different gadgets to watch your favorite movies on video? (We know; you already do). That's pretty much the situation with digital music files, especially compressed files like MP3s. It's a rare music collection that doesn't have a few songs in weird or orphaned formats.

That's not a problem if your media player handles it all, but it's an issue when you're loading up tunes to take with you, or transferring them to another archive, or trying to do something with them that you can't because one or more files is in an incompatible format. Which brings us to Helium Audio Converter, a free tool that converts audio files between different formats and bit rates, including tag data. It can analyze the original and converted files to identify any problems or potential issues, too.

Helium Audio Converter's user interface is simple but attractive and efficient: just a toolbar, a file view with plenty of column headings, and a panel of Output Options at the bottom. Beyond selecting source, destination, format, and encoder options, the only control is the Convert button. We browsed to our "Misc" music folder and selected some files. Helium lets you keep or change the output directory; we created a new folder to keep our originals and converted files separate. Next we selected an output format. Helium can convert files to and from MP3, WMA, WAV, WAVpack, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP4, M4a, AAC, and MPC.

We successfully converted files between several formats, with generally good results. We also converted MP3s to WAVs, which are much larger files and typically have better sound, depending on the source. Helium Audio Converter converted a 2.86MB MP3 into a 31MB WAV in a second or less. The new WAV took up much more space than the MP3 yet could only faithfully copy the MP3's sound quality rather than improve it. Most users convert WAVs to MP3s, though. Helium Audio Converter proved a capable performer at converting MP3s to and from common formats.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"It is a fantastic program and is free"

August 10, 2012  |  By uday1435

 |  Version: Helium Audio Converter 1.1 build 191

Pros

It is only 4 MB so download was fast.
No Spywares or Mal-wares. Clean Installation. May be they did not want Cnet adding Babylon and stuff so kept it in their place.
Converted my wave files to mp3 very fast.
It converted my 25 MB wave files to 5 MB mp3s without losing its quality.
What more do I need? Fantastic!!!

Cons

I saw Nothing

Summary

I advice anybody who wants conversions to download this. It is Free like clean air

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5 stars

"Worthwile to reclaim disc space(from WMA files)"

July 09, 2012  |  By kim195

 |  Version: Helium Audio Converter 1.1 build 191

Pros

Free program used on approx. 130 WMA encoded music files and converted to MP3 320kbps files saved 1.6 Gbps of space on my hard drive.

Cons

13 of the WMA files could not be converted due to "Unable to create source stream".
I looked at the Intermedia Software website for an answer to this, but their site gave no help.

Summary

Very useful if you need to create more space on your HD without removing any data !

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5 stars

"Perfect!!!"

June 27, 2012  |  By fitpecs

 |  Version: Helium Audio Converter 1.1 build 191

Pros

Quick, simple and does just want its meant to. I can now play ALL my music in Spotify :)

Cons

None! None!

Summary

Just get it!

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5 stars

"It works, is easy to use, and is free. Excellent."

June 18, 2012  |  By javier_aida

 |  Version: Helium Audio Converter 1.1 build 191

Pros

Free
Intuitive interface
Works as it says, and more

Cons

Not found yet

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5 stars

"Very Very Good"

June 02, 2012  |  By Redneck_Techie

 |  Version: Helium Audio Converter 1.1 build 191

Pros

The interface is great, the conversion is slick and seamless. Works wonderfully.

Cons

None that I can think of.

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5 stars

"Download it"

June 01, 2012  |  By wxdude

 |  Version: Helium Audio Converter 1.1 build 191

Pros

Convert wmv to mp3 & others in a cinch.

Cons

None none none none.

Summary

Download it. Convert wmv to mp3 & others in a cinch.

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5 stars

"Free like in free beer"

April 25, 2012  |  By hingulf

 |  Version: Helium Audio Converter 1.1 build 191

Pros

* It transfers tags to the destination files (far from all other products have been able to handle this for my files)
* Works quick and reliable
* No extra software installed

Cons

I haven't found any.

Summary

I have tried numerous of the most downloaded audio converters on this site and many of them wants to install spyware on my computer (they call it browser toolbars). This program does no such thing and still works flawlessly. There isn't even a pro version!

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5 stars

"The way an audio converter is supposed to be!"

April 24, 2012  |  By allfoursnready

 |  Version: Helium Audio Converter 1.1 build 191

Pros

Helium Audio Converter does exactly what it says it does, convert audio the way you want it to. It is fast and gives you all the options for tagging and extensions.

Cons

No cons at all.

Summary

If you're looking for a converter that does what its supposed to do, easily and without a bunch of stuff that is not needed, This is it.

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5 stars

"Very clean and easy ."

November 22, 2011  |  By bikerboy41

 |  Version: Helium Audio Converter 1.1 build 191

Pros

Absolutly NO toolbars or any other dodgy attachments. Very clean design and very easy to use. Well done !! A simple effective program.

Cons

None so far.

Summary

A great free program.

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5 stars

"The best audio converter and for free"

August 28, 2011  |  By mhron

 |  Version: Helium Audio Converter 1.1 build 191

Pros

Clean interface, reliable, easy to use.

Cons

None at all

Summary

Another great piece of music software from Intermedia Software. Check all of their products, especially Helium Music Manager - unbeatable music manager.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.1 build 191
Version 1.1 build 191:
  • Corrections to WMA tag handling. WMA files should now convert successfully.
  • Added two new languages; Spanish and Czech
General
Publisher Intermedia Software
Publisher web site http://www.helium-music-manager.com
Release Date July 10, 2011
Date Added August 16, 2011
Version 1.1 build 191
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Rippers & Converting Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.43MB
File Name hac_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 18,266
Downloads Last Week 57
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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