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    HE-AAC : how to turn an album into 22 MB of data

    What if there were an audio format which made very small files and yet had great sound quality; with which you could send an album zipped to a friend as one email of an average size of 22 MB ..

    Well there is and it is named HE-AAC and made by Fraunhofer [the files play in all players i have tried so far with no extras needed]

    Over the last couple of years, HE-AAC became one of the most important enabling technologies for state-of-the-art multimedia systems. The codec combines high audio quality with very low bit-rates, allowing for an impressive audio experience even over channels with limited capacity, such as those in broadcasting or mobile multimedia streaming.

    Fraunhofer IIS offers fast access to high-quality, product-ready HE-AAC implementations. Optimized encoder and decoder real- time implementations on embedded processors or DSPs are available, as well as software implementations on PC platforms.

    HE-AAC is…

    - ... the most efficient high-quality multi-channel and stereo audio codec.
    - ... is used in TV, radio, and streaming worldwide.
    - ... the perfect codec for adaptive streaming, for example Apple HLS or MPEG DASH.
    - ... in more than 5 billion devices already today.
    - ... fully compatible with all relevant broadcast metadata.
    - ... is supported and maintained by Fraunhofer IIS.Quality excellent, according to EBU test (for complete results see whitepaper below)
    Bitrate HE-AAC: 48 to 64 kbit/s Stereo, 160 kbit/s for 5.1 Surround (HE-AAC: AAC-LC + SBR)
    HE-AAC v2: 24 to 32 kbit/s Stereo (HE-AACv2: AAC-LC + SBR +PS)
    for good quality audio
    Sampling rates 24 to 96 kHz
    Channels mono, stereo, multi-channel (e.g. 5.1, 7.1, ...)
    Used in DVB, ISDB , SBTVD, DAB+, DRM+, DRM, ATSC-M/H, ISDB-Tmm, DVB-H, DMB, 3GPP, XM Radio, mobile phones, audio and video streaming services
    examples: converting in ffmpeg and mediainfo

    ffmpeg -i Age.wav -acodec libaacplus -ab 72k Age.aac
    ffmpeg version N-35917-ge4fe4d0 Copyright (c) 2000-2012 the FFmpeg developers
    built on Sep 10 2012 11:04:03 with gcc 4.6 (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.6.3-1ubuntu5)
    configuration: --enable-gpl --enable-libfaac --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libopencore-amrnb --enable-libopencore-amrwb --enable-librtmp --enable-libtheora --enable-libvorbis --enable-libvpx --enable-x11grab --enable-libx264 --enable-nonfree --enable-version3 --enable-libaacplus
    libavutil 51. 72.100 / 51. 72.100
    libavcodec 54. 55.100 / 54. 55.100
    libavformat 54. 25.105 / 54. 25.105
    libavdevice 54. 2.100 / 54. 2.100
    libavfilter 3. 16.101 / 3. 16.101
    libswscale 2. 1.101 / 2. 1.101
    libswresample 0. 15.100 / 0. 15.100
    libpostproc 52. 0.100 / 52. 0.100
    [wav @ 0x1c28260] max_analyze_duration 5000000 reached at 5015510
    Guessed Channel Layout for Input Stream #0.0 : stereo
    Input #0, wav, from 'Age.wav':
    Duration: 00:02:42.66, bitrate: 1411 kb/s
    Stream #0:0: Audio: pcm_s16le ([1][0][0][0] / 0x0001), 44100 Hz, stereo, s16, 1411 kb/s
    File 'Age.aac' already exists. Overwrite ? [y/N] y
    Output #0, adts, to 'Age.aac':
    encoder : Lavf54.25.105
    Stream #0:0: Audio: aac, 44100 Hz, stereo, s16, 72 kb/s
    Stream mapping:
    Stream #0:0 -> #0:0 (pcm_s16le -> libaacplus)
    Press [q] to stop, [?] for help
    size= 1454kB time=00:02:42.67 bitrate= 73.2kbits/s
    video:0kB audio:1454kB subtitle:0 global headers:0kB muxing overhead 0.000000%

    000000000000000000:~/Desktop/Taller$ mediainfo Age.aac
    Complete name : Age.aac
    Format : ADTS
    Format/Info : Audio Data Transport Stream
    File size : 1.42 MiB

    Format : AAC
    Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
    Format version : Version 2
    Format profile : HE-AAC / LC
    Bit rate mode : Constant / Variable
    Bit rate : 71.6 Kbps
    Minimum bit rate : 140 Kbps
    Maximum bit rate : 228 Kbps
    Channel(s) : 2 channels
    Channel positions : Front: L R
    Sampling rate : 44.1 KHz / 22.05 KHz
    Compression mode : Lossy
    Stream size : 1.42 MiB (100%)


    2 ROUTES I am aware of... there might be others

    Through aacplusenc

    download the deb on the page then install and run aacplusenc -h in terminal you will see this

    Usage: aacplusenc <wav_file> <bitstream_file> <bitrate> <(m)ono/(s)tereo>

    Example: aacplusenc input.wav out.aac 24000 s
    it goes up to 72000 ; 64000 the most likely setting

    Through libaacplus [ffmpeg] all info for this one is credited to Ron999 who passed it to me.

    And to compile FFmpeg with it ...
    Just add --enable-libaacplus to the ./configure line.

    This can be done through FakeOutDoorsman's guide here

    But first it is necessary to compile and install libaacplus.

    This is the method that I used...
    (Paste the one single command)

    cd ~/ && \
    wget && \
    tar -xf libaacplus-2.0.2.tar.gz && \
    cd libaacplus-2.0.2 && \
    ./ --enable-shared && \
    make && \
    sudo checkinstall --pakdir "$HOME/Desktop" --pkgname libaacplus \
    --pkgversion 2.0.2 \
    --backup=no --default --deldoc=yes --fstrans=no && sudo ldconfig



    Rubbyripper is perfectly happy to handle this format with this line in the "other" . The line below also works in Deadbeef with the converter [right-click on a song/convert/click on pencil/add/enter libaacplus and code]

    ffmpeg -i %i -c:a libaacplus -b:a 64k %o.m4a && AtomicParsley %o.m4a -a %a -b %b -g %g -y %y -k %n --title %t -W
    You will need AtomicParsley installed for tagging
    sudo apt-get install atomicparsley

    you can also rip with aacplusenc but so far I have failed to tag that way.

    RR code is

    aacplusenc "%i"  "%o" .aac 64000 s
    aacplusenc "%i"  "%o" .aac 72000 s

    There you go ; most of the info I am aware of as of now.... It really gives a good sound album at around 22MB............
    Last edited by shantiq; September 13th, 2012 at 03:31 PM.
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