Mike Cheng started it as a patch against the 8hz-MP3 encoder sources.
After some quality concerns raised by others, he decided to start from scratch based on the dist10 sources.
The final file size of a VBR encode is less predictable than with ABR, but the quality is usually better.Mark Taylor became leader and released version 3.0 featuring gpsycho, a new psychoacoustic model developed by him.Nowadays LAME is considered the best MP3 encoder at mid & high bitrates, and features the best VBR model among MP3 implementations, mostly thanks to the dedicated work of talented developers Takehiro Tominaga, Naoki Shibata, Darin Morrison, Gabriel Bouvigne, Robert Hegemann, and others. Although LAME is generally considered to be an encoder, according to the LAME technical FAQ, it's technically not an encoder, but rather is officially just "a development project which uses the open source model to improve MP3 technology." This improved technology is only released in source code form in order to minimize the risk of violating patents.Download the latest LAME from these links: Avoid using alpha versions of LAME.These versions have "a" in their version string and are usually only for testing changes and new features, and may result in lower quality MP3s.One of these branches was started after the release of LAME 3.92 in 2002.