Hello. I'm here bringing you some Christmas gifts taken out from obscure
and forgotten places in the web.
For starters, an unexpected development: Mr. Volodymyr Poltavets actually took
his time to adapt Split2000 to modern Linux versions. You can find his diff
files and precompiled binaries at the Split2000 page.
Just for sake of completeness, I added several TruesSpeech players for different
platforms: Win16, Mac68K and MacPPC.
Mr. Zack Jelesoff pointed me out to updates on the Mio encoder (Daru) and Winamp
plugin, so they have been updated at the Mio page.
I also added browser plugins for Echospeech playback, for Win32 and Win16.
Finally, I added a page for rare or deprecated CoolEdit/Audition import/
Today I added to the lame page several very old versions, courtesy of
384kbps. Included are some versions that seem to only work in OS/2.
I'm also opening an exception and adding an audio editor to the collection:
CoolEdit 1.3.1, a Win16 version of the famous editor dating from 1993!
Last but not least, I added some interesting programs submitted by the always
helpful Marco Pontello. They
are VocPack - an extremely old lossless compressor - and wav2mp, an MP1/MP2
It's been a few hours since I wrote my request for Mafuka, and it's already
been taken care of! Very big thanks to Elohe from Spain for providing this
I'm also taking the opportunity to upload Plugger 0.3, kindly provided by
384kbps, and mppenc 1.7.9c, the last version developed by Andree Buschmann.
Another update, and a request
First, I would like to assure visitors that I haven't forgotten about RRW.
You don't need to worry when 4 months pass by without updates. By its nature,
RRW will be updated very seldomly from now on, since I already uploaded pretty
much my entire collection of rarities and you don't find rare audio-related
Today, I uploaded several new versions of l3enc, including a version even older
than 1.0 (0.99a!). According to l3enc's history.txt, this is the second version
released to the public - the first was 0.99, that I couldn't find anywhere.
Last but not least, I would like to ask visitors to check if they have the very
infamous Mafuka encoder and decoder lying somewhere. I would love to feature it
here, and extensive web searches resulted in no leads. If you have it, please
drop me a mail.
I added a few goodies today:
- Nullsoft DOSamp MP3 player
- Split2000 lossless codec
- FhG's layer 3 FAQ and test bitstreams
- More old versions of Blade
- Shine fixed point MP3 encoder
- Mirror of Thor's page at DalnetVQF
Talk about weird
Coming from the premier resource of oddities and weirdness (to western eyes
anyway) - Japan - is the very rare and virtually unknown Mio format. A page
about it has been just added to the Weird Formats section.
Players and WavPack
In this update, I added old versions of the popular WavPack lossless audio
encoder, and a Players section featuring several old audio players.
Finally an update!
I finally ceased slacking and updated several parts of the site:
Hopefully the updates will be more frequent now.
- FhG MP3enc MP3 encoder
- EchoSpeech voice codec
- Voyce Tech SpchComp
- Arminio Grgic's very strange WavSquiq
- MPEGplus SV5 apps, including a very rare decoding library
First ever MP3 encoder:
I just added to the MP3 section a real rarity: l3enc 1.00 for DOS.
This was the first publicly available MP3 (back then called MPEG layer 3)
software encoder, released on June 1994. And it still works, creating
perfectly compliant (at least on my limited tests) MP3 streams!
Hello, and welcome to ReallyRareWares, a site for researchers
(or nostalgic people like me) that miss the old days of multimedia
Here you'll find reviews and history of old software (encoders and
decoders), deceased codecs (VQF, ePAC), oddities (AUPECg2, Astrid
AAC), and so on, as well as downloads.
Also, I count on your help to make this collection more complete.
If you have some very rare and old audio encoder or decoder which
isn't featured here, please drop me a
mail. Information on historical
facts and corrections to the articles featured here are also very