flac and flac.cue

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  1. macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2006
    I hope this is the appropriate place to post this question.

    I recently received a flac-formatted audio music file. It came along with a separate flac.cue file and a .cue file. I'm not certain what the .cue file is, but the flac.cue file lists all the tracking cues for the main flac file. I tried using Toast 7 to burn the flac file together with the flac.cue file, but Toast recognizes only the flac file, not the flac.cue file (it asks for the associated .bin file. There is no .bin file.) If I burn only the .flac file, then I'll end up with a 60 minute CD with no tracking cues. Is there any way to incorporate the flac.cue file into the CD so that I can see the tracks listed when I insert the CD into a player?
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    If you have VLC Player on your computer you could try opening the .cue file with that, as thats what they are normall opened by, and see what it does
  3. macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    I have exactly the same problem... a single long FLAC file and a cue file, no bin. I can convert the FLAC to any other format no problem, but I need to split it up into individual tracks and can't seem to find a way to do this. Toast demands a bin to accompany any cue and I can't see to find anything else that will take the cue and do something useful.

    EDIT: I found something that can do this, called X Lossless Decoder: Lossless audio decoder for Mac OS X. Seems to work perfectly.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2008
    XLD does the job. Thanks for the pointer, mate!
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2009
    split flac file using cue

    hi everybody,

    I have he same problem, a large flac file with a cue file that I want to split into separate songs..
    when downloading xld I just get a Unix file which the program Terminal opens just into a large text file.. I tried everything, I'm not able to install XLD.. and I did't find any other program which can split the flac file using the cue file (I could of course split the file manually, but I'm looking for a way to use the cue file)..
    anybody can help ?
  6. macrumors regular

    May 13, 2004
    The 51st State
    In Firefox, download the top option, "xld-gui-20080914.tbz (GUI version)" by simply left clicking on it and then double click what is downloaded. With Safari you need to right click and select "Download linked file".

    Once downloaded, make sure you check for updates manually and set it to check automatically in the preferences.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2010
    Thank you very much for the suggestion of this software!
    I did not know it and I worked with Xact (but it is necessary to edit the cue file).

    I just downloades and installed the GUI VERSION of X Lossless Decoder, and it works perfectly. I opened the .cue file and the program shows immediately all the different tracks enclosed in the flac file. Then I opened the preferences and I choose to split the file into separate FLAC files (but there are other formats). Very easy.

  8. macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2010
    Thanks a LOT for the X Lossless Decoder tip. Ever since I switched to mac I used EAC in Parallels but after 5 years I wanted to get rid of Parallels. Unfortunately I still couldn't find a good alternative but X Lossless Decoder works great! Thanks again!
  9. macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2006
    Waterbury, CT
    every time i use XLD like the last 4 tracks are 4kb nothing files:confused:
  10. macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2006
    Paris, France
    Is there a soft that does the same thing than XLD but working with snow leo ?
  11. macrumors 601


    Sep 5, 2005
  12. macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2006
    Paris, France
    I get a 4Ko and I'm not the only one:
    For me it's all the tracks
  13. macrumors 601


    Sep 5, 2005
    All of them? :confused:
    Are you using the latest XLD (ver. 20101212)?

    The only time I have ever had an error with XLD it has been the .cue file that has been at fault.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2011
    I found a great solution

    MAX for Mac. File>Open>.cue file>select files to convert (select all button)>convert. Works like a dream.

  15. macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2009
    Thanks for this... i've been using Medieval Cue Splitter on my WinXP virtual machine, it's free and works fine... didn't realise XLD did this, doh!

    XLD is excellent. Odd interface, as you have to setup the output format and location form preferences before you select any files.... but is very, very fast.

    I keep my music in FLAC for my home Sonos system, and convert all to mp3 VBR for laptop/ipod etc using XLD - uses both processor cores so converts 2 tracks at same time, very impressive.

  16. macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2006
    Waterbury, CT
    thanx for the tip about MAX. XLD is great for converting individual flac files to aac but it always ruins the cue splits
  17. macrumors regular


    May 21, 2011
    Wow a post from 2007!
    But thanks man. Helped me greatly. Had MAX already but that doesn't split cue / flac files that are joined together. XLD worked great! Might get rid of MAX now.

    Thanks again.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
  19. macrumors member


    Dec 30, 2011
    Welcome to the thread that just won't die LOL!

    So reinstalled a new version of this XLC which always worked great for me. My TB storage is as big as the moon in my MP so
    I prefer big fat WAV files anyway as an audiophile.

    Decided to try it again. I know it's not one Flac to split, but I always wondered why XLC could produce flawless files, but then when imported into iTunes, I lost the Album & Artist titles...? I'm sure it's Windows & Mac files not playing nice as usual.

    Also this is totally baffling to me.
    Why on earth is the WAV almost 75% larger after it's converted from FLAC!?

    I mean I'm all for highest quality but how did this turn into such a massive bunch of files?

    Just for fun, I love to see what happens when a psycho-audiophile nut attempts a Vinyl rip. Especially from the glory days of the mid-70's.
    I love to hear the comparisons from the CD master. Clean, yes, but that analog vinyl.
    I'm going to post the .info file text below with a screenshot of the window of files after XLD got ahold of it.

    Technical Informations

    Hannl"limited" Record Cleaning Machine with Rotating Brush
    Music Hall MMF 9.1 Turntable
    Tonearm Pro-Ject 9cc Evo with Pure Silver Wires
    Nagaoka MP-500
    Brocksieper Phonomax (Tube Phono-PreAmp)
    E-MU 0404 external USB 2.0 Audiointerface
    Silent Wire NF 5
    Wavelab 6.1 recording software
    iZotope RX Advanced 2.0

    Vacuum Cleaning > TT > Brocksieper Phonomax > Laptop > Wavelab 6.1 (24/192) > manual click removal
    analyze (no clipping, no DC Bias offset) > split into individual Tracks
    > resampling and dither to 24/96 with iZotope RX Advanced > FLAC encoded (Vers. 1.21)

    No silence been removed, please burn gapless to match original tracklayout.

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