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Python Audio Tools, for the audio perfectionist

Jul 14, 2010, 00:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lee Schlesinger)

"Back in 2003, Minnesota developer Brian Langenberger began creating a set of labor-saving audio tools to convert FLAC files to MP3 files, MP3 files to WAV files, and other simple operations that were tiresome to do by hand. "They were for my own personal use, and limited in scope for a long time," he recalls. But in 2006 Langenberger discovered the Construct Python library, which makes parsing and building binary files simple. "As my tools started to get more capable, I started to feel they were something other people might get some use out of." In July 2007 he released the first public version of Python Audio Tools.

""Since then, I've incorporated GNU libcdio for CD reading, LaTex for documentation, and other optional installs for additional functionality – though I have tried to minimize extra prerequisites people need to install," Langenberger says. The most recent version, which arrived last month, lets you rip audio from CDs, transcode that audio from one format to another, edit audio metadata such as track names and cover art, and burn audio back to CDs."

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