Codec Toolbox is an affordable yet invaluable solution for encoding your music for the web. We all want our music to sound great in every format, don't we?
Codec Toolbox is the result of a partnership with Fraunhofer, who originally created the mp3 and AAC formats that the majority of people listen to today online or on their iPod / mp3 player. Over many years Fraunhofer have perfected these codecs and they are presented to you in the Codec Toolbox to ensure your music sounds as good online as it does in the studio.
Codec Toolbox consists of two applications - the Toolbox Plug-In, for auditioning your mix in real-time through various codecs, and the Toolbox Manager for encoding and adding metadata.
- Audition codecs in real-time (a huge time saver - no need to encode first then listen.).
- Multiple high quality codecs, including mp3, AAC and iTunes+.
- Batch encode multiple files to save time.
- 'Clip Safe' auto-compensates for any overs, keeping your mix clean.
- Add metadata like track names and artwork.
- Decode mp3 or AAC files to WAV or AIF.
Using the Toolbox Plug-In in your DAW, you can easily audition your mix using a variety of different codecs and bitrates, in real-time. The NMR indicator (Noise-to-Mask Ratio) indicates possible audible differences between input and the codec output, so you can adjust the bit-rate for your mix. The Overs indicator shows if the process of encoding will introduce any clipping, giving you the chance to reduce the overall mix level slightly.
The Toolbox Manager is where the actual encoding or decoding is done. To save time you can even encode multiple files at once using the batch feature. The invaluable 'Clip Safe' feature will ensure clean encoded files, as the software auto-compensates for any overs during the encode process. Metadata, such as artist, track name and artwork, can easily be added to your files to be displayed on your mp3 player or iTunes.