The sound conversion application for the GNOME environment.
It reads anything the GStreamer library can read
(Ogg Vorbis, AAC, MP3, FLAC, WAV, AVI, MPEG, MOV, M4A, AC3, DTS, ALAC, MPC, Shorten, APE, SID, etc…),
and writes WAV, FLAC, MP3, AAC, and Ogg Vorbis files.

SoundConverter aims to be simple to use, and very fast.
Thanks to its multithreaded design, it will use as many cores as possible to speed up the conversion.
It can also extract the audio from videos.





Download page: soundconverter-1.5.0-alpha1.tar.gz, soundconverter_1.4.4-1-gericom1_all.deb*

.deb file was built on ubuntu lucid lynx, and work perfectly, also tested on karmic koala and maverick meerkat, also  work perfectly, and should work everywhere, that python and gstreamer are supported.

report any problem/suggestion on the project page


Version 1.5.3

Version 1.5.0

  • Faster TypeFinder. & Memory usage reduction.
  • (61.9s -> 2.8s, 45.5MB -> 37.8MB to load 2918 files)

  • Fix missing “year” tag. (closes #16425)
  • New, working, command line parser.

Version 1.5.0 (alpha1)

  • New Asynchronous core. Adding files is much faster.
  • Add wav sample width setting. (8/16/32 bits)
  • Add flac compression setting.
  • Remember the last used folder when adding files/folders.
  • (thanks szpak, add #4807)

  • Add realaudio to mime whitelist.
  • (thanks Lonnie, fix lp:518973)

  • Fix tagreader stall when adding unrecognized files.
  • Fix missing quoting when using destination folder.
  • Fix hanging when trying to load DXR files.
  • (thanks Nastrafireblaze, fix lp:479420)

  • Fix wrong destination folder when using both same-folder-as-source, base folder, and custom filename patterns.
  • (thanks Tino, fix #016295)

  • Update dutch translation.
  • (thanks Tino)

  • Follow symbolic links when adding files.

A lot of code has been changed, please file bugs if anything bad happens, thank youVersion 1.4.4

  • Force vbr-max-bitrate to 320 when using mp3+vbr, since gstreamer now defaults to 160.
  • (thanks psychoman, fix #15950)

  • Activate GVfs authentication so we can log to remote shares.
  • (thanks ikus060, fix lp:386849)

  • Fix crash in query_duration.
  • (fix lp:333024)

  • Change deprecated Tooltip code, SoundConverter now requires GTK 2.12+!
  • (thanks Matt)

  • Reset status after clearing file list.
  • (Thanks Sean)

  • Fix unhandled exception when removing original files went bad.
  • (thanks surreal, fix lp:278782)

  • Allow loading glade file from source folder so you can run soundconverter without installing.
  • (Thanks Geoff)

  • Rosetta sync, Update all translations.
    Add Bulgarian (Thanx Nikola Yanev – gericom), Danish, English (Australia), Estonian, Japanese and Vietnamese translations.
  • A some minor cosmetic changes.
  • (Thanks Uwe)

Version 1.4.3

  • Fix freezing when adding encrypted mp4 files.
  • fix lp:263889

  • Display notification at the end of conversion.
  • (thanks Royall)

  • Display error dialog when something bad happened.
  • And minor corrections, like Preference Dialog fixes,
    spellings fixes, a better URI handling and others minor glitches fixed.
  • (thanks Geoff, Hew)

Version 1.4.2

  • Translations update.
  • (thanks Translation-love-team)

  • Add a checkbox to optionally choose .oga extension for vorbis files.
  • (thanks Ben&Andy for lobbying)

  • Minor bugfixes (python 2.5 problem, and some interface stalling fixes).
  • (thanks Dag)

Version 1.4.1

  • Fix crash at startup when more than one encoding format is missing.
  • (thanks Denis)

  • Stop trying to load all the whole disk at startup, due to broken option parser.

Version 1.4.0

  • Add AAC quality setting.
  • Added an higher quality level to Vorbis and MP3, now up to 320kbps*.
  • (thanks Juan Martin and Michael) (fix #3955)

  • Fix an old problem with spaces in folder names.
  • Flac files will be smaller (~20%), by forcing “join stereo” option.
  • (thanks Georges)

  • Add optional resampling.
  • (thanks Francis)

  • Add {Timestamp} custom filename template.
  • (thanks Mark)

  • Updated Polish translation.
  • (thanks Tomasz)

* and it’s just useless 🙂

Version 1.3.2

  • Add AAC encoding support.
  • (thanks Ian) (fix #001653)

  • Use gstreamer gio source when available
  • (fix #14184)

  • Create-folders is also actived when using same-as-input-folder.
  • (thanks Jason) (fix #13915)

  • Fix problem with slashes in tags. No more creating unwanted folders. This is just a fast hack, slash is just replaced by dash.
  • (thanks Fred) (fix #14286)

  • Fix crash when gnomevfssink not present.
  • Fix small crasher in batch mode.
  • (fix LP: #243831)

  • Updated Polish tranlation.
  • (thanks Piotr)

Version 1.3.1

  • SoundConverter is now able to run multiple conversions at the same time.
  • Default is one per core, you can adjust with –jobs.

    Note that SoundConverter is now 4 times faster*.

  • Fixes various crashers reported by ubunteros.
  • (thanks Michael, Øyvind Stegard, Matthieu, …and apport !)

  • Updated Polish, Serbian and German translations.

Version 1.3.0 was broken, sorry.

* on quad core processors.

Version 1.2.0

  • TagReader perform *much* faster (500s -> 20s on 260 files)
  • (thanks thaytan on #gstreamer)

  • Progress indicator reset after a conversion.
  • Updated Arabic Catalan Czech Spanish French Slovak translations.
  • Added Esperanto & Persian translations.

Version 1.1.0

  • Support for Codec Buddy. So missing plugins for reading files will be installed automatically (where supported).
  • Display an message when trying to read Audio CD. (Audio CD are complicated to work with, use Soundjuicer instead…)
  • Little faster starting time.

Version 1.0.2

  • Fix crasher when using cdda:// uris.

Version 1.0.1

  • Fix crashes when using filenames with unicode.

Version 1.0.0

  • Fix crash in format_tag() when loading file with binary tags.
  • Fix annoying gvfs error message at startup when output folder is not set.
  • CustomFileChooser now have case-insensitive filters.
  • Add 3gp to the mime whitelist.
  • Add a clear list button on toolbar.


Linux, GNOME 2.x, Python, PyGTK, GStreamer, GStreamer-python, Gnome-python, GStreamer-lame for MP3 output.

See this howto to enable mp3 encoding.


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License.


Maintainer: Gautier Portet <kassoulet gmail com>

Previous maintainer: Lars Wirzenius

Translators: Guillaume Bedot, Dominik Zabłotny, Jonh Wendell, Marc E., Daniel Nylander, Alexandre Prokoudine, Kamil Páral, Stefano Luciani, Martin Seifert, Miloš Popović Nikola Yanev.

Thanks to: Hanno Böck, Regis Floret, Adolfo González Blázquez, Julien Gascard, Claudio Saavedra, Ken Harris, Jon Arnold, Major Kong, Tango Project.
And big thanks to you all; users, fans, bug reporters, translators… YOU make this possible!

One Response to “soundconverter”

  1. gericom Says:

    Sound Converter updated to Version 1.5.0

    Faster TypeFinder. & Memory usage reduction.
    (61.9s -> 2.8s, 45.5MB -> 37.8MB to load 2918 files)

    Fix missing “year” tag. (closes #16425)
    New, working, command line parser.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: