Free APE to MP3 Converter is very easy to use. Simply follow the following three steps.
Step 1 - Select input audio Files
At first, select the input audio files by pressing the "Add File(s)" button or the "Add Folder" button. You can also add input files by dragging and dropping the audio files to the application.
Step 2 - Specify output format and profile
Then select the target output format MP3, M4A, WMA e.t.c. and also the quality profile.
Step 3 - Conversion
Finally, press the "Convert" button and the conversion will start and finish soon.
How to cut APE audio files
To cut APE files, first, add them. Then select the APE file you wish to cut and press the "Cut" button.
Then a new screen will appear. There you can specify the "Start Time" and "End Time" of the clip and you can preview the result by pressing the "Play Preview" button.
You can also play the whole audio file by pressing the "Play" button.
You can specify the "Start Time" by pressing the "Play" button and then pressing the "Set Clip Start" button on the position you want.
To specify the "End Time" press the "Set Clip End" button while the audio file is playing.
You can also specify the start and end time of the clip either by dragging the trackbar or by entering the specific start and end time value in the textboxes.
After you have finished press the "OK" button.
How to join APE audio files
To join APE audio files, first, add them.
Then select them on the grid while pressing the Control or Shift key and press the "Join" button.
Then a specific "join" image will be displayed on their rows of the grid and all the members of the join will have a specific row background color to indicate that they are part of the join.
How to keep the album of the original files
To keep the album art of the original MP3 and other files set the "Keep Album Art" option to "Yes" in the profile property grid.
How to check the converted audio files
To check the converted audio files right click on them in the grid and select "Play Converted File". The inbuilt player will play the converted file. You can also play the input file. Also, you can, by right-clicking on an audio file in the grid and then selecting "Explore File" or "Explore Converted File", open the audio file or the converted file in Windows Explorer.
How to edit the output profile
You can edit the output profile settings. You can specify the bitrate, sampling rate, the number of audio channels, volume control, encode mode, VBR quality, and the metadata. After you have specified the profile properties press the "Save" button
if you want to save changes.
To create a new profile press the "New" button, then specify its name and its properties and press the "Save" button after you have set its settings.
How to speed up the conversion process or how to save computer resources
You can set the Free APE to MP3 Converter application's thread priority from Realtime to Idle in order to speed up the conversion process or in order to save computer resources. Check the desired thread priority at the "File" menu.
How to normalize the converted audio files
To normalize the converted audio files check the "Normalize Converted Audio Files" option in the "Options" menu.
How to apply fade-in, fade-out effects on audio files
To apply fade-in, fade-out effects on the converted audio files check the "Fade In - Fade Out" option in the "Options" menu.
How to import playlists
To import a playlist press the "Import List" button. Free APE to MP3 Converter can import M3U,M3U8,PLS,XSPF,ASX,TXT,CSV format type playlists.
How to specify the Output Folder
On the left lower side of the screen you can specify the output folder where the audio files will be created.
Among other options, you can specify to create the output file in the same folder as the original file or in a subfolder of the folder of the original file.
For example, you can create all FLAC files in a "FLAC" subfolder and so on.
The application remembers your last five output folder options.
How to auto shutdown, hibernate, sleep, exit e.t.c. after the conversion has finished
In order to auto shutdown the computer, or to hibernate, sleep, exit the application check the checkbox on the lower right corner of the screen and select the desired action after the conversion has finished.
How to change user interface language
When the application is first started it asks you for your desired user interface language.
You can also change the user interface language from the "Language" menu.