Foobar2000 Conversion Setup

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The Video Game Music Preservation Foundation uses Ogg Vorbis as a standard audio format for all recorded video game soundtracks. This guide provides step-by-step instructions for setting up foobar2000 to convert any ripped video game soundtrack into Ogg Vorbis so you can upload it. The process is actually very fast and simple, this guide just looks long because it is so thorough.

Step 1 - Install foobar2000

If you haven't already done so, download the latest version of foobar2000 and install it.

Step 2 - Opening the Converter

  1. Open foobar2000 and load a music file by drag and dropping it into foobar2000, or clicking File, Open in the menu. It doesn't matter which music file you use, we just need something to use for the setup process.
  2. Right-click on the song to bring up the context menu.
  3. Click on Convert to open the sub-menu.
  4. Click on ... to open the Converter Setup dialog.

Step 3 - Changing to Vorbis

  1. In the Current Settings frame, click on Output format.
  2. In the Choose output fie format list, highlight Ogg Vorbis and click Edit.
  3. Move the slider to the left so that the text box below reads: ~128kbps (*), q4.0.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.
  5. Click Back to return to the Overview.

Step 4 - Setting the Output Path

  1. In the Current Settings frame, click on Destination.
  2. In the Output path frame, select Specify folder, then, select a folder on your computer where you want the converted music to be saved.
  3. In the Output style and file name formatting frame, make sure Convert each track into an individual file is selected.
  4. In the Name format text box, enter the following value %disc%%track% - %album% - %title%. This will rename the file to the proper VGMPF convention, assuming you added proper meta data.
  5. Click Back to return to the Overview.

Step 5 - Other Settings

  1. In the Current Settings frame, leave the Processing section as None.
  2. Click on Other.
  3. In the When done frame, check on Transfer metadata (tags) and Transfer ReplayGain info, and uncheck the rest.
  4. Click Back to return to the Overview.

Step 6 - Saving Your Preferences

  1. In the Saved presets list, click in the white space at the bottom to de-select any existing presets.
  2. Click the Save button.
  3. An item labeled New preset will be added to the Saved presets list.
  4. Click on the New preset item and change the name to VGMPF.
  5. You have now successfully saved your conversion preset. Click Cancel to close the Convert Setup dialog.

Step 7 - Getting the Ogg Vorbis Encoder

Although foobar2000 supports converting between formats, you must supply the conversion programs yourself. So, we must download the Ogg Vorbis encoder program.

  1. If you are a Windows user, download Ogg Encoder v2, and save it into your foobar2000 folder. This is usually located at C:\Program Files (x86)\foobar2000 or C:\Program Files\foobar2000.
  2. If you use a different OS, you'll need to compile from source, so visit the official foobar2000 page.
  3. Open a file explorer and navigate to where you saved the Ogg Encoder.
  4. Extract the Ogg Encoder zip file's contents (the oggenc2.exe file) into the foobar2000 folder.

Step 8 - A Test Run

We'll now perform a test run of the conversion process which will tell foobar2000 where the Ogg encoder is, and test it out.

  1. If you closed foobar2000, reopen it and load it with the same music file.
  2. Right-click the song to bring open the context menu.
  3. Click on Convert to open the sub-menu, and you will now see VGMPF in the list. Click on it.
  4. A dialog will pop up asking you to locate the Ogg encoder program we just extracted. Navigate the to foobar2000 folder, select the oggenc2.exe file, and click Open.
  5. The conversion process will commence. You will see a bar displaying the progress of the conversion.
  6. Open a file explorer and navigate to the output folder we setup. You should see the converted Ogg files.

Step 9 - Finished

You have finished the one-time setup! In the future, you will be able to convert most video game music formats into OGG simply by performing these steps:

  1. Loading the soundtrack into foobar2000.
  2. Highlight the entire soundtrack with the mouse, or by pressing CTRL+A.
  3. Right-click on the files to open the context menu.
  4. Under Convert, click VGMPF.
  5. The entire soundtrack will be converted into OGG in the folder you specified.

foobar2000 supports a wide assortment of video game music formats through the use of plug-ins that must first be downloaded and installed.

Additional Formats

While this guide shows you how to setup foobar2000 for converting music to OGG, you can use similar steps to convert video game soundtracks into other formats.

FLAC

  1. Obtain the FLAC encoder.
    1. Windows users can download it here (32-bit / 64-bit).
    2. For other OSs, visit the FLAC homepage for source.
    3. Extract the flac.exe file into your foobar2000 folder.
  2. Perform most of the steps from the OGG guide, but for Output format, select FLAC, then save the conversion settings.
  3. Right-click on your music, and in the Convert menu, choose your new FLAC setup.
  4. You will be asked to find the FLAC encoder. Navigate to the folder where you extracted it, and select the flac.exe.
  5. The music will be converted to FLAC.

MP3

  1. Obtain the LAME MP3 encoder.
    1. Windows users can download the latest version from the LAME homepage.
    2. For other OSs, visit the LAME source page.
    3. Extract the files into your foobar2000 folder.
  2. Perform most of the steps from the OGG guide, but for Output format, select MP3 (LAME), then save the conversion settings.
  3. Right-click on your music, and in the Convert menu, choose your new MP3 setup.
  4. You will be asked to find the LAME encoder. Navigate to the folder where you extracted it, and select the lame.exe.
  5. The music will be converted to MP3.

WAV

  1. Perform most of the steps from the OGG guide, but for Output format, select WAV, then save the conversion settings.
  2. Right-click on your music, and in the Convert menu, choose your new WAV setup.
  3. The music will be converted to WAV.