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Convert Audible files to MP3, AAC or Flac, Tells how to convert any Audible file to a different format
kbaerwald
post Apr 15 2011, 19:20
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The following workflow is my very individual one: it depends on iTunes, Noteburner and (of course) AudibleChapters from AudibleAddict. It is being used now for nearly 100 audiobooks which I bought over the last 3 years from Audible. Most of the errors occuring were due to problems with special characters either in file names or even CD-Text (maybe Noteburner is very sensible here). A few problems came from the iTunes burning process but could be eliminated.

So far I had no real problems with my 100 audiobooks (thanks AudibleAddict).

This is my workflow example for the following audiobook 17h33min total:

- DieStadtderTraeumendenBuecher-Teil1_ep7.aax (8h44)
- DieStadtderTraeumendenBuecher-Teil2_ep7.aax (8h49)

After burning with iTunes I get 14 virtual CDROMs with approx. 10 tracks per CD-R and a total of 134 tracks/wav files (66 for part1 and 68 for part2 of the audiobook). After conversion into wav I usually put them into one subdir with the structure:

- 01wav01 ... 01wav66
- 02wav01 ... 02wav68

And I am frequently checking the beginnings and endings of the audiobook parts for the audible messages to be sure of correct burning and conversion into wav.

Now I start a short batch file (sometimes I have 4 or 5 parts per audiobook):

audiblechapters H:\AUDIBLE\DieStadtderTraeumendenBuecher-Teil1_ep7.aax F:\TEMP\01wav01.wav F:\DATA
audiblechapters H:\AUDIBLE\DieStadtderTraeumendenBuecher-Teil2_ep7.aax F:\TEMP\02wav01.wav F:\DATA

snip--------------------------------------

C:\Users\Besitzer\Desktop\Audible\AudibleChapters11>audiblechapters H:\AUDIBLE\D
ieStadtderTraeumendenBuecher-Teil1_ep7.aax F:\TEMP\01wav01.wav F:\DATA

Audible CD Image Converter 1.3, Copyright 2011 by Anonymous Audible Addict

Determining overlap between file 1 and file 2...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 2 and file 3...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 3 and file 4...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 4 and file 5...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 5 and file 6...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 6 and file 7...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 7 and file 8...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 8 and file 9...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 9 and file 10...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 10 and file 11...
Determining overlap between file 11 and file 12...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
....
....
Determining overlap between file 64 and file 65...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 65 and file 66...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Searching for Audible texts
Found audible introduction speech, removing it
Found audible ending speech, removing it
Found audible end of volume speech, removing it
Writing chapter 1...
Writing chapter 2...
Writing chapter 3...
Writing chapter 4...
Writing chapter 5...
Writing chapter 6...
Writing chapter 7...
Writing chapter 8...
...
...
Writing chapter 111...
Writing chapter 112...
Writing chapter 113...
Done!

C:\Users\Besitzer\Desktop\Audible\AudibleChapters11>audiblechapters H:\AUDIBLE\D
ieStadtderTraeumendenBuecher-Teil2_ep7.aax F:\TEMP\02wav01.wav F:\DATA

Audible CD Image Converter 1.3, Copyright 2011 by Anonymous Audible Addict

Determining overlap between file 1 and file 2...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 2 and file 3...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 3 and file 4...
...
...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 59 and file 60...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 60 and file 61...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 61 and file 62...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 62 and file 63...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 63 and file 64...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 64 and file 65...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 65 and file 66...
Determining overlap between file 66 and file 67...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Determining overlap between file 67 and file 68...
WARNING: couldn't match the two WAV files (ignore if files not overlapping)!
Searching for Audible texts
Found audible introduction speech, removing it
Found audible ending speech, removing it
Writing chapter 1...
Writing chapter 2...
Writing chapter 3...
Writing chapter 4...
Writing chapter 5...
Writing chapter 6...
Writing chapter 7...
Writing chapter 8...
Writing chapter 9...
Writing chapter 10...
Writing chapter 11...
Writing chapter 12...
Writing chapter 13...
Writing chapter 14...
Writing chapter 15...
Writing chapter 16...
Writing chapter 17...
Writing chapter 18...
...
...

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I am using the program Noteburner for the creation of virtual CD-Rs tracks and subsequent conversion into wav files. It obviously does some cosmetics with the wav files so there are warnings by the converter which are being ignored.

At the end I have the usable flac files in directory F:\DATA:
.....
F:\DATA\Die Stadt der Traeumenden Buecher - Teil 1\001 Kapitel 1 - Die Stadt der Traeumenden Buecher - Teil 1 - Walter Moers (2007).flac
F:\DATA\Die Stadt der Traeumenden Buecher - Teil 1\002 Kapitel 2 - Die Stadt der Traeumenden Buecher - Teil 1 - Walter Moers (2007).flac
F:\DATA\Die Stadt der Traeumenden Buecher - Teil 1\003 Kapitel 3 - Die Stadt der Traeumenden Buecher - Teil 1 - Walter Moers (2007).flac
F:\DATA\Die Stadt der Traeumenden Buecher - Teil 1\004 Kapitel 4 - Die Stadt der Traeumenden Buecher - Teil 1 - Walter Moers (2007).flac
F:\DATA\Die Stadt der Traeumenden Buecher - Teil 1\005 Kapitel 5 - Die Stadt der Traeumenden Buecher - Teil 1 - Walter Moers (2007).flac
F:\DATA\Die Stadt der Traeumenden Buecher - Teil 1\006 Kapitel 6 - Die Stadt der Traeumenden Buecher - Teil 1 - Walter Moers (2007).flac
....

After all conversion is done I check again some arbitrary chapters against the original audible file chapter in iTunes to make sure that they are the same.

That's it.

Klaus

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pacohaas
post Apr 15 2011, 19:50
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@Klaus: nice, although you don't need to create a wave file for each track on your CDr's. If Noteburner could just create one file from each CD, then I think that is the way AudibleChapters was intended to run. Although you can see by your output that it still works since it doesn't find overlap between tracks on the same CD, just between tracks on different CD's.
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post Apr 15 2011, 19:55
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That's a limitation of Noteburner. iTunes creates the tracks and Noteburner creates one wav-file per track. Haven't found an option to change that.
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kbaerwald
post Apr 16 2011, 07:42
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QUOTE (Napkin @ Apr 15 2011, 20:55) *
That's a limitation of Noteburner. iTunes creates the tracks and Noteburner creates one wav-file per track. Haven't found an option to change that.

To have one file per CD-R is an advantage - for audiobook people. I think the target group for Noteburner are people listening to songs not audiobooks. That's why.

@pacohaas: did you find out what your problem is? Looking at your log there are six wav files. I suppose you have already merged the indivual track files into one wav file per CD-R? What would happen if you treat the individual track-based wav files with AudibleChapters instead of the big one (maybe the problem lies in the merging process)? It is not quite clear to me what your wav file represents.

Klaus

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Micha234
post Apr 16 2011, 15:07
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Hi all,

@Klaus
Whitch settings do you use with Noteburner to get the correct Tacknumbers or whitch version of notburner do you use.

I have the following problem.
Noteburner give me tracknumbers like this:

09
10.wav
011.wav ect. which make problems with Audiblechapters.

What can I do to geht the right tracknumbers like:
11.wav
12.wav
13.wav
...
64.wav

Many thx for your help and kind regards,

Micha
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post Apr 16 2011, 15:43
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QUOTE (kbaerwald @ Apr 15 2011, 22:42) *
@pacohaas: did you find out what your problem is? Looking at your log there are six wav files. I suppose you have already merged the indivual track files into one wav file per CD-R? What would happen if you treat the individual track-based wav files with AudibleChapters instead of the big one (maybe the problem lies in the merging process)? It is not quite clear to me what your wav file represents.
Klaus

In the past I had just used iTunes to extract the WAV file, iTunes has the option to "Join Tracks", so I just joined all tracks and then Imported. You can do the same thing with Exact Audio Copy "Copy Range" option. I was finding that after burning all those CDRW's that AudibleChapters was not finding the 20 second overlap and I was having to do this manually, so instead I used Audacity to record my computer's "Stereo Mix" while playing the song in iTunes and then just exported 6 wave files (with no overlap). This has been working better for me.
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post Apr 16 2011, 15:52
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QUOTE (Micha234 @ Apr 16 2011, 15:07) *
@Klaus
Whitch settings do you use with Noteburner to get the correct Tacknumbers or whitch version of notburner do you use.

That's a very good question. I haven't managed to get them named/numbered properly by Noteburner either. Maybe Klaus has? In the meantime I am using TotalCommander's multi-rename tool: sort by date and then set a counter with 2 digits (Rename mask: "[C]").
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post Apr 16 2011, 16:19
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I am using Noteburner 2.31 and in the settings/output filename: <title>. To avoid the wrong order of files I am doing the ordering by timestamp (the original ordering used by Noteburner is NOT consistent with windows alphabetical ordering!!!). After this rearrangement I do the renaming into 01wav01... etc. (you could use a tool like Total Commander or Idoswin)

Otherwise the series as processed by AudibleChapters is out of order. Sorry I did not mention it.

Klaus

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post Apr 16 2011, 16:54
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Hi all,
thx for your answers, it works now for me.

The only small problem I have is that Itunes make chapters every 7.59 Mins.
So, if AudibleChapters cut and joins the files you can hear break "click" between the joinded tracks ie every 7.59 minutes
In Itunes I burn the files with "no gapes between tracks".

Is there a way to cut and join the tracks gapless or maybe my wav files are damaged?

Kind regards,
Micha

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post Apr 16 2011, 17:01
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Oh, weird - it doesn't create clicks for me. What do you let AudibleChapters create for you? I am creating WAVs and then compress them into mp4 later with another script. Maybe try a different format?

EDIT: Oops, you say you create WAVs.. how do you put them together afterward?

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post Apr 16 2011, 17:21
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Hi,
I doesn't put it to gether. For the moment I hear the version that AudibleChapters cut and join.

For me, I can hear every joinpoint from the original files, that Itunes created.
Probably I just noticed that because I listen to headphones.

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post Apr 16 2011, 17:26
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Nah, I'm listening to the results in my car and with headset - there is no clicking. Try running AudibleChapters with neroAacEnc.exe binary beside it. It will then automatically create a merged mp4 with a chapter list. Listen to that with VLC or a similar player. Do you still have the clicking?
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post Apr 16 2011, 18:05
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Hi,
yes, I can still hear it. Maybe it's a problem with the wav files.

Kind regards

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post Apr 18 2011, 15:34
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Sounds like it may be a problem with your CD-Rs or the way your burner is extracting them. Have you tried extracting with iTunes with the "Join Tracks" option? Just select all the tracks in iTunes on the CD and on one of the menus you will find "Join Tracks". Then you can extract with iTunes as a single wav file.
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post Apr 18 2011, 17:23
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Hi,
i've also try this. The actual problem for me are the original wav file, which AudibleChapter creates.

For example: After converting the book I run AudibleChapters and this joins and cut the wav files which was createt previously with Itunes, 7,59 Mins for every chapter.
Now I can here every 7,59 (the chapter whitch Itunes has created) the cut or join Point.

Kind regards,
Micha

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post Apr 19 2011, 08:37
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QUOTE (Micha234 @ Apr 18 2011, 18:23) *
Hi,
i've also try this. The actual problem for me are the original wav file, which AudibleChapter creates.

For example: After converting the book I run AudibleChapters and this joins and cut the wav files which was createt previously with Itunes, 7,59 Mins for every chapter.
Now I can here every 7,59 (the chapter whitch Itunes has created) the cut or join Point.

Kind regards,
Micha


I think pacohaas proposes to let iTunes join the tracks first to avoid joining the wav files later on! I am running audiblechapters producing flac files - and I do not have clicks at the joint points either.

Klaus
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post Apr 19 2011, 18:40
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Hi all,
did I unserstand that correctly?

1. Creating the wav files with noteburner
2. joining first the tracks with Itunes
3. run audiblechapter
3. convert to flac or what ever

I thought the second step is run audiblechapters und then join and convert the files?
Otherwise audiblechapters can't find the chapters.

If this can do by another way, I will try it.

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Micha
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post Apr 19 2011, 20:24
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Create 1 wave file for each CD-R using iTunes.
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post Apr 24 2011, 17:34
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QUOTE (pacohaas @ Apr 19 2011, 21:24) *
Create 1 wave file for each CD-R using iTunes.


I am running iTunes 10.2 (Windows 64). Can't find the "Joined track" option in my version: where to look?
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post Apr 24 2011, 17:52
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QUOTE (kbaerwald @ Apr 24 2011, 08:34) *
QUOTE (pacohaas @ Apr 19 2011, 21:24) *
Create 1 wave file for each CD-R using iTunes.


I am running iTunes 10.2 (Windows 64). Can't find the "Joined track" option in my version: where to look?

I'm not on my computer right now, but it's in one of the menus when you have the tracks on the CD selected.
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=itunes+join+cd+tracks
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QUOTE (pacohaas @ Apr 24 2011, 18:52) *
QUOTE (kbaerwald @ Apr 24 2011, 08:34) *
QUOTE (pacohaas @ Apr 19 2011, 21:24) *
Create 1 wave file for each CD-R using iTunes.


I am running iTunes 10.2 (Windows 64). Can't find the "Joined track" option in my version: where to look?

I'm not on my computer right now, but it's in one of the menus when you have the tracks on the CD selected.
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=itunes+join+cd+tracks

yes - I found it ... but it is greyed out (dimmed) when burning my aax files. Also when marking the files (your reference!) there is no difference: the option cannot be selected.

Btw: your reference says "The Join CD Tracks command in iTunes is dimmed if you select files in the library,..." ????

[edit] So I assume the join tracks works only if I copy files from CD into the iTunes library not vice versa.

Klaus

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...and all this hassle to use an audiobook that you bought with your money.
I cancelled my subsription there 5 minutes after signing up after discovering this ripoff.
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post Apr 25 2011, 09:22
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True.. I wish I could get audiobooks for the same price elsewhere without DRM - but paying 10 per episode is just so much cheaper than 50 when I got interested in Eragon.
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post Apr 25 2011, 12:33
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Basically the copying works fine without the "join tracks" functionality. I tried this just to save some time.

I also would prefer media without DRM but Audible publishes audiobooks that you do not get elsewhere (at least in Germany). Currently I listen to the German "Wheel of time" episodes from Jordan.
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Hi,

you have written, that AudibleChapters is command line.
Is it possible to port it to Mac OS X or Linux?
Or get the source or the algorithm to do it?

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