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K-Lite Codec Pack
K-Lite Codec Pack
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(2,270 votes)
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K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and audio/video tools. It contains codes for playing almost all audio/video file types in programs such as Windows Media Player and Media Player Classic. It includes the Codec Tweak Tool that can be used to repair codecs/filters, and tweak their settings.

K-Lite Mega Codec Pack
K-Lite Mega Codec Pack
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(847 votes)
Freeware

K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and audio/video tools. Mega Codec Pack includes all the filters, plus additional ACM and VFW codecs for video encoding/editing. It also features AC3Filter (as alternative choice for LAV and ffdshow audio decoders), etc.

ASIO4ALL
ASIO4ALL
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(229 votes)
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ASIO4ALL is an audio and sound driver for your computer or laptop sound devices. Though it is not a kernel-type driver, it is easy to use and even non-expert users can use it without any trouble. ASIO4ALL is compatible with most of the Windows operating systems.

SoundMAX
SoundMAX
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(1,069 votes)
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SoundMAX is audio signal processing software for onboard sound cards. The 5.1 version is a bit old for the time being, but is one of the best available. It possesses a very accurate feature for the automatic detection of devices and a wide range of configuration options. Users don’t need to be experts in order to set a whole home theater quickly.

WavePad Sound Editor
WavePad Sound Editor
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(262 votes)
Shareware

WavePad Sound Editor has a plenty of features that allow you to work with audio. In this regard, this tool allows editing, applying effects and restoring old recordings by removing various types of imperfections. The application is absolutely simple to use, much more if you are already familiar with this type of software.

AC3Filter
AC3Filter
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(214 votes)
Freeware

AC3Filter is an audio decoder that supports playback of AC3 files and DTS audio tracks. It can also process any audio track - it is possible to upmix any audio source to 6 channels. The application supports digital (SPDIF) and multichannel audio outputs.

SigmaTel Audio
SigmaTel Audio
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(345 votes)
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The Sigmatel AC97 audio driver is for Windows Vista, Windows XP or Windows 2000. Technically, it is the rather long winded: Sigmatel C-Major STAC 9750 AC97 WDM Audio Driver. Whatever way you want to label it, the driver package installs version 5.1 of the driver onto your system and can be used as an update to an earlier driver or as part of a new installation.

MP3 Cutter by Aiv Software
MP3 Cutter by Aiv Software
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(151 votes)
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Long audio mixes usually include some parts that I don't really like and that can ruin the entire listening experience. MP3 cutter offers a simple solution for this problem by helping its users extract the song fragments they want to keep. This program comes with only one purpose in mind and that's to cut your favorite sections from an audio file without damaging its sound quality.

XviD
XviD
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(289 votes)
Freeware

Xvid is an open-source research project focusing on video compression and is a collaborative development effort. All code is released under the terms of the GNU GPL license. The Xvid video codec implements MPEG-4 Simple Profile and Advanced Simple Profile standards.

OpenMG Secure Module
OpenMG Secure Module
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(34 votes)
Shareware
MP3 To Ringtone Gold
MP3 To Ringtone Gold
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(157 votes)
Shareware

An audio converter that is designed to create ringtones for multimedia phones quickly and easily. It can convert any mp3, ogg, wav or amr file to mmf, qcp, amr or wav file that can be used as a ringtone on your phone. You can use the inbuilt editor to cut a desired part of an audio file, to use sound effects like fade-in and fade-out, to amplify the audio volume or normalize the audio.

Native Instruments Controller Editor
Native Instruments Controller Editor
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(9 votes)
Freeware

The Controller Editor app turns your Native Instruments hardware controller into a versatile and efficient MIDI remote control for your studio and live setup. This program allows you to precisely define and customize which MIDI message to send when using your NI controller.

Microsoft Expression Encoder Screen Capture
Microsoft Expression Encoder Screen Capture
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(27 votes)
Freeware

Expression Encoder is an advanced audio/video-encoding and live-broadcasting application especially suited for generating content that takes full advantage of the rich graphic and interactive capability of Microsoft Silverlight playback scenarios. This installer will install and register the Expression Encoder Screen Capture codec.

dBpoweramp Music Converter
dBpoweramp Music Converter
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(110 votes)
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dBpoweramp Music Converter is probably the most popular audio conversion tool among music lovers and audio technicians. You can use this professional tool to convert between MP3, WAV, BWF, MIDI, Musepack, TTA, FLAC, AIFF, SHN, APE, ALAC, OPUS, Wavpack, or AAC audio formats.

Windows Essentials Codec Pack
Windows Essentials Codec Pack
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(61 votes)
Freeware

Windows Essentials Codec Pack, or WECP for short, is one of the most comprehensive collection of Media Codecs, Filters, Splitters and other tools that will enable you to play 99% of all the movies, music and flash files you download off the internet. WECP also includes a set of powerful filters that can enhance the video quality as well as audio quality

Free WMA to MP3 Converter
Free WMA to MP3 Converter
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(52 votes)
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Free WMA to MP3 Converter is a completely free Windows media converter to MP3 format. Audio and Video are converted to MP3 in a single click, so they can be played on an MP3 player. The program shows the process like a wizard tutorial, and guides the user window by window through the conversion task.

SAM Broadcaster
SAM Broadcaster
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(73 votes)
Shareware

Start your online radio station with SAM Broadcaster PRO. Advanced audio features (cross-fade detection, gap killer, volume normalization), stream in multiple formats, large music libraries and much more. All you need is included to sound like a PRO!

Creative ALchemy
Creative ALchemy
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(25 votes)
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Creative Alchemy is a powerful tool that restores the audio for DirectSound3D gaming running on Windows Vista ti it's former glory, in full surround sound with hardware accelerated audio mixing, sampling rate conversion and EAX effects. Provides multi-channel audio for legacy game titles running on Windows Vista.

Free Audio CD to MP3 Converter
Free Audio CD to MP3 Converter
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(17 votes)
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The Audio CD to MP3 Converter 3.1 lets you convert your songs and audio files to the desired format. This software lets you convert CD to MP3, CD to WMA, CD to WAV and CD to OGG formats and the best part is there is no compromise in quality. You can check if it is the right audio, using the inbuilt player before converting. It can even handle scratched CD’s with ease.

Dolby Digital Live Pack
Dolby Digital Live Pack
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(8 votes)
Commercial

Dolby Digital Live enables you to enjoy audio from your PC or game console through your home theater. It encodes (in real-time) the PC's multi-channel audio into a Dolby Digital bitstream and outputs it from the soundcard's digital out (S/PDIF), via a single digital cable into home theater receiver system

Lyrics Plugin for Windows Media Player
Lyrics Plugin for Windows Media Player
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(23 votes)
Freeware

Lyrics Plugin is a piece of software tailored for music fans. It is an add-on to view lyrics in Windows Media Player, Winamp or iTunes interfaces. Lyrics Plugin search technology produces search results that reference media content and content information located worldwide throughout the Internet and collected by Lyrics Plugin users.

Cole2k Media - Codec Pack
Cole2k Media - Codec Pack
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(7 votes)
Freeware

The Standard Codec Pack installs audio and video codes that allow a DirectShow enabled player, such as Windows Media Player to play a variety of file formats. The package it comes with stream encoder codecs for creating audio and video files (from video/audio editing applications). The codecs are not used in VLC Media Player.

ACE Mega CoDecS Pack
ACE Mega CoDecS Pack
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(151 votes)
Freeware

ACE Mega CoDecS Pack Professional Edition contains all the known video and audio codecs and a lot of useful utilities.

Monkey's Audio
Monkey's Audio
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(13 votes)
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Up there with FLAC, ALAC, and the nearly extinct SHN audio format, Monkey’s Audio APE files provide you with a set of lossless compression algorithms that allow you to enjoy your favorite music with the same quality of the original uncompressed files but taking much less space on your drives. Monkey’s Audio can also decompress APE files easily and return them to their original state.

MP3Resizer
MP3Resizer
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Portable devices keep getting more and more popular along the time, however, their storage capacity still tends to be too limited. So, if you want to carry your entire music collection with you in your tablet or cell phone, it's probably a good idea to reduce your songs' size as much as possible. For this you can use a tool like MP3Resizer, which helps you achieve it in a very easy and fast way.