Welcome to the first part in the series on using the free PC audio player foobar2000 for common tasks in digital audio processing. While there maybe other ways of getting these jobs done, in my experience the fastest and highest quality method is to use foobar, so let’s discuss foobar setup.
Foobar has been developed for over 10 years now and is designed with ease of use and the highest sound quality in mind. It works very well for playing your music collection too!
If you want to keep using your current player (e.g. Winamp) as default for music, you can also install foobar in ‘portable mode’ so it won’t touch your PC’s file associations or alter the registry in any way.
In this series we are going to learn how, using foobar, we can:
- Play audio bypassing the windows mixer for bit-perfect sound quality
- Convert large .WAV or .AIFF files to the lossless .FLAC format saving about 50% disc space and upload bandwidth
- Downsample high bitrate 96k audio to 44.1k using the highest quality SoX algorithms for the very best sound quality
- Match the volume of multiple files using foobar’s built in replaygain scanner (using latest R128 standard) to prepare for mixing or evaluation
To be able to perform the tasks in this series we are going to need to install foobar and some extras. Foobar is open to 3rd party plugins (called components). These enable extra functions to be integrated easily into foobar.
What Files Do I Need for Foobar Setup?
Please download the following files (latest versions) and copy them into a folder on your hard drive:
Here they are on my hard drive, these are the latest versions 03.2012. Your folder may look a little different depending on what version of windows you are running and how it is setup.
Now We Will Watch the Video That Shows You How to Install Them and Set Them Up
If you would like to watch the video in higher resolution or full screen mode, please click the YouTube logo on the player above.