How can I change encoding options in LAME?

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by King Cobra, Aug 17, 2002.

  1. King Cobra macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    Well I figured out how to encode using LAME. I encoded to 128kbps and the sound is quite impressive from my iPod plugs.

    But I can?t seem to adjust the bitrate.

    How do you adjust the bitrate for encoding? Also, is there a way to fix the option for joint stereo to regular stereo?
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Disclaimer - I am not a LAME user.

    But having said that I can offer some advice. I take it you are using LAME from the command line (if you are using a GUI I can't help you). If so try lame -help or lame --help (depends on which convention they use). In general this works for all Unix command line apps. If that still does not do the trick try man lame. If I do this on the encoder I use (on Linux) I get all the options I could ever want.

    From a google search (lame command line options):
    in constant bit rate mode -b x sets the bit rate to x.

    Stereo modes:
    -m m mono
    -m s stereo
    -m j joint stereo
    -m f forced mid/side stereo
    -m d dual (independent) channels
    -m i intensity stereo
    -m a auto

    Hope that helps.
  3. stromie952 macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2002
    Rochester, NY
    I have used LAME for a while now and could help you if you use the iTunes Script that allows you to encode with LAME.

    It makes the process much easier.

    You can change the settings inside the AppleScript and then pick the songs you want to encode from iTunes.

    Hope this helps
  4. King Cobra thread starter macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    Right now I want to stay away from all *nix/command lines as much as possible.

    stromie, I don't mean to hold you off, I had other issues. How do you change it from the script?

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