When it comes converting, editing or recording audios in Ubuntu one should at least have used tools such as Audacity (a cross-platform tool). But Audacity is actually an audio editor rather than a converter, so as a Ubuntu user if you usually have to convert audio files into other formats and looking for a powerful solution, then Xcfa might fill your needs.
It’s basically a GTK+ front-end that relies on various command-line tools and has all the features that you could ask but the in my personal experience the UI is not that user friendly though.
Make no mistakes, from changing all sorts of codec related settings to editing audio tags etc it’s no second to any other but the UI feels a bit confusing at first. But then again that could be because we’re (or at lest me) used to the same old UI designs in these sort of application again and again.
Anyhow, let’s have a look at some of the features…
*. Supports both converting and splitting audio files.
*. It even lets you extract audio files out of DVDs! (plus add individual files and audio CDs).
*. Supported codecs include: MP3, OGG Vorbis, AAC, FLAC, WMA, WavePack, Musepack and more.
*. Auto gain audio volume levels.
*. Edit audio tag information (album, year, artist etc) or automatic import from the source file.
*. Automatic online audio album related data fetching.
*. Change individual audio codec related settings such as: Bitrate, volume gain, Stereo/Mono and few other compression related settings (settings may vary on the actual codec).
*. CD cover-art creator (add text, resize images etc).
*. You can even create a single “massive” lossless audio file out a DVD or CDs (with “.cue” of course).
You can install Xcfa audio encoder in Ubuntu 12.04, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the below command in your Terminal window.
sudo apt-get install xcfa
Although I said above that the UI is a bit “weird”, but then again I think if you’re like into the whole audio batch conversion thing a lot then the UI design actually does make it easy.