Flacon is an open source Qt project that allows users to extract individual tracks from a very large audio file, which is usually comprised of an entire music album with separate tracks. The software can extract and save the audio tracks as separate FLAC files using the information provided by the CUE file. It also allows users to specify or revise tags for each individual track.
Supports numerous audio file formats
It supports numerous audio file formats, including FLAC, WavPack, WAV, True Audio (TTA) and APE as input formats, and FLAC, MP3, WAV, OGG, WavPack and AAC as output formats.
The application also features support for Replay Gain analysis providing users with two different modes (track-gain and album-gain), a multi-threaded conversion process, and automatic detection of characters for CUE files.
Under the hood
Under the hood, the program makes use of the following open source software: FAAC, FLAC, Metaflac, LAME, Monkey's Audio, MP3Gain, Oggenc, shntool, ttaenc, VorbisGain, and WavPack.
Its user interface is comprised of a main toolbar that lets users to add a CUE or audio file, remove an album from the project, recursive search an album, get album information from CDDB (Compact Disc Database) and start or abort the conversion process.
Features at a glance
Under the main toolbar, you will see a Result Files and Tags sidebar that allow you to set the output directory, set the pattern used to format the extracted tracks, edit metadata, as well as the encoder, which can be configured on place by clicking the settings icon next to it.
A big empty area is visible on the right side of the window, where you’ll see the extracted tracks, which can be sorted by track, title, artist, album and file. When selecting one of more tracks, the Tags area of the sidebar will be accessible.
All in all, Flacon features a simply crafted design, it is extremely easy to use and does its job very well. It can be easily installed via source and binary packages or from your distribution’s official software repositories.