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Important Notice: XO Wave is now discontinued as we prepare to bring you the next generation Digital Audio Workstation called Xonami. This site remains available for anyone who purchased XO Wave in the past. However, please keep in mind that as discontinued software:

  • This site may not contain up-to-date information.
  • Technical support is discontinued, though we will do our best to continue to provide email support, especially to anyone who purchased recently.
[an error occurred while processing this directive] Note by Pam Roth (http://www.creatingonline.com)

This technical note briefly describes how the LAME MP3 encoder can be used with XO Wave on Mac OS X to encode MP3 files from XO Wave. The LAME MP3 encoder is a high-quality, open source MP3 encoder. Note that the MP3 format is protected by international patent laws, and therefore, you need a license to use these libraries on your computer. Neither XO Wave nor LAME supplies such a license. QuickTime does not include an MP3 encoder -- Apple provides one in iTunes, but it is not available to other applications, and LAME is widely regarded as higher quality than Apple's MP3 encoder across all bit rates.

LAME Framework: First, download and install the LAME Framework from VersionTracker. Follow the README's instructions to install.

LAME Component: Next, download and install the LAME QuickTime MP3 Encoder Component from VersionTracker. Follow the README's instructions to install.

Using LAME in XO Wave: Once the LAME framework and component are installed, you can export MP3 files from XO Wave with File:Export:Export to Any QuickTime Type.... In the resulting wizard, select LAME MP3. The next two steps specify export settings.

ID3 Codes: Unfortunately, when exporting the session as an MP3 file, session metadata is not converted into ID3 tags. We are working on the problem and hope to resolve it in a future release.

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