Audex is a free and open source graphical software project that has been designed from the ground up to help you extract CDDA/CD-DA (Compact Disc Digital Audio) under any GNU/Linux operating systems.
In other words, Audex is an audio grabber utility with a FTP upload function for the KDE desktop environment. Defining custom profiles will allow you to use Audex with various command-line audio file encoders.
Features at a glance
Key features include support for extracting audio tracks from Audio-CDs with CDDA Paranoia, support for extracting and encoding multiple audio tracks in parallel (batch mode), support for transferring converted tracks with KDE KIO-Slaves, support for multi-profile ripping, filename editing support, as well as protracted filename schemes.
Additionally, the software supports all the important audio files formats, such as FLAC, MP4, AAC, MP3, M4A, RIFF (Resource Interchange File Format) WAV, and OGG, generates playlists, creates album art, fetches covers from the Internet, creates encoding and ripping protocols, and includes various metadata correction tools.
Uses eyeD3 for tagging MP3 files
Another interesting feature is that it uses the eyeD3 program for tagging MP3 files, because the LAME software, which is used for encoding the MP3 files, cannot handle Unicode characters. Therefore, if you use Audex to convert Audio-CDs to MP3s, please install the eyeD3 software first.
We’ve tested numerous Audio-CD rippers here at Softpedia, but Audex proves to be one of the best, so far. The only issue is that it uses Qt for its graphical user interface, which might be uncomfortable for users of a GTK+-based desktop environment, such as GNOME or Cinnamon.
Other than that, the program is fast and does the job very well. It can be easily installed on any distribution of GNU/Linux, as it supports both 32-bit and 64-bit computer platforms.