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John33's Ogg Vorbis encoder with a nice drag-and-drop interface. Windows only.


  • Compression from lossless files (Monkey's Audio, LPAC, FLAC, and OptimFROG)
  • Auto-tagging
  • Renaming of encoded files
  • Setting of advanced encoder parameters
  • Use of VorbisGain tags (ReplayGain for Vorbis) on decode
  • Playlist (.m3u) creation
  • And many others!

QuickStart Manual

Here is a short user manual on how to quickly employ OggDropXPd to encode your collection. This is not exhaustive; a far more exhaustive one is hosted at [this site].


  • Extract the ZIP file you download (see the Download section) to any folder.
  • If you use the processor-optimized version (i.e. for P3/AMD or for P4), also copy libmmd81.dll into the same folder. You can get it at RareWares.
  • (Optional) Create a shortcut and copy it into your Start Menu or your Desktop or your QuickLaunch bar... you get the idea.
  • If you want support for encoding from lossless file (other than FLAC support which is built-in), extract the proper decoders in the same folder. You can get them at RareWares.


Note: All ScreenCaps taken from OggDropXPd v1.8.7

  • Start OggDropXPd. The small Drop Target window will open:
  • Right-click on the small window. The following menu will be displayed:
  • Click on a menu item to change the options. Each menu item is described below.

Encoding Options

This is used to configure the Vorbis Encoder


  • General EncoderOptions
This is where you choose the quality of the encoded file.
  • Use Standard Quality Mode -- Recommended
This ensures the highest quality, although you cannot exactly determine the bitrate.
You can either type the exact -q value in the textbox, or drag the slider. Higher -q value gives better quality at the expense of larger file size.
For some guidelines on what -q value to use, check out the Recommended Ogg Vorbis page.
  • Use Quality Mode by selection of Approximate Bitrate
Sometimes you need to encode files at a certain bitrate, e.g. for streaming. Choose this and specify the approximate bitrate you're trying to get.
  • Bitrate management
Although these two radio-buttons seem to be subsets of the previous option, they stand on their own, actually. I.e. choosing either one of these two unselects the top 2 options.
The following two options are not recommended, as they tend to sacrifice quality.
  • Use ABR mode, here you can limit the minimum bitrate (may cause size bloat), maximum bitrate (may reduce quality on 'difficult' songs), and the nominal bitrate (affects quality if too low)
  • Use CBR mode. Here you just specify the bitrate you want.
  • Delete input files after encoding
Self-explanatory. However, if you do not have the original source (e.g. CD), then it is recommended to uncheck this option. Just in case you need to re-encode, you will still have the source.

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You can download the latest version from Vorbis page at RareWares.

A highly-optimized version is also available at the Ogg Vorbis Acceleration Project, with the codename of Lancer.