Anyone else having problems with Sound Converter 2.0.4 (Ubuntu 14.04)?

Johnny Rosenberg gurus.knugum at
Mon May 18 20:25:23 UTC 2015

2015-05-17 18:20 GMT+02:00 Petter Adsen <petter at>:

> On Sun, 17 May 2015 17:44:52 +0200
> Johnny Rosenberg <gurus.knugum at> wrote:
> > 2015-05-17 13:42 GMT+02:00 Petter Adsen <petter at>:
> > > (depending on whether Sound Converter uses gstreamer 0.10 or 1.0).
> > >
> > > The *good packages contain the FLAC plugin, and *ugly has MP3. Maybe
> > > you will also need LAME itself to output MP3, I'm not sure.
> > >
> >
> > I got the same error when converting to Ogg Vorbis, so that doesn't
> > seem to be the problem in this case.
> Then I am not sure. You might want to try something like this:
> "LANG=C soundconverter"

Thanks, I didn't know about that.

”GStreamer encountered a general stream error.”

> in a terminal to get English error messages, and report back the exact
> messages you get. Also try to Google it, I'm not terribly familiar with
> gstreamer myself.

I found a thread with a similar problem, but they solved it by ticking
”Resample” in Preferences. That didn't work for me.

However, after some experimenting, I found that I only have problems with
24-bit FLAC files. I tried a few 16-bit files and it worked. I even
converted the 24-bit one to 16-bit (with Sox), then I could convert to MP3…

So it appears to be a 24-bit issue, but I'm pretty sure that issue didn't
exist in earlier versions, because all of my own FLAC files (those that I
recorded myself) are always 24-bit and those are usually the only ones I
convert to anything (since my car's CD player doesn't accept anything else
than MP3 and pure Audio CDs). So do I actually need to convert twice now?
Also, I can't convert from Flac 24-bit to Flac 16-bit with SoundConverter,
I did that with Sox, as I said.

I could of course try to install an older version of SoundConverter, just
to see if it works, I guess…

> > > Then try again.
> > >
> > > Petter
> > >
> > > PS: OK, I checked; you want the 0.10 packages :)
> > >
> >
> > Have them, still doesn't work. :(
> > Does it work for you? Or maybe you have a different version?
> I don't even have soundconverter installed :) Also, I'm on vivid, and
> the version in the repos is 2.1.5-1, gstreamer and its plugins are also
> likely newer than what you have, so there is little point in me
> installing it to check. The entire chain would be different.

Well, if you (or someone else) tested it and it works, I could try to
install that version from source…
If you don't have any 24-bit Flacs, you can easily create one in Audacity.

> Another possibility is to try a program called XCFA (if I remember
> correctly) - it can convert between different formats. There is also
> soundkonverter from the K* family, although I have not used it myself.

Well, I have Sox and it works, so one easy thing to do would probably be to
create a simple graphical user interface for it with Yad in a Bash script…
or not; I use the terminal pretty much anyway.

> That last one will of course drag in a lot of stuff like phonon, Qt and
> several KDE libraries if you (like me) don't have them already. Both of
> these have several Recommends that you would probably like to consider
> installing.
> Also see if soundconverter has a command line option to enable verbose
> or debug output, that could be helpful in figuring out what is
> happening.


Kind regards

Johnny Rosenberg

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if so, do I need Norwegian money? Coins or what? Or is it automated in some

Johnny Rosenberg

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