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Eac+ CMD/lame Converter or CUETools+CUERipper, Updating Settings and software
Spidernz
post Mar 24 2014, 19:45
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It's been a couple of years since i last checked here but I was wondering if i may get some assistance.

Software:
Exact Audio Copy V1.0 beta 3
CueTools 2.1.5
LAME 3.99.5 using libsndfile 1.0.25


So previously I've been using Eac and a cmd script with lame to rip cd's to flac and convert them to mp3 when i needed to do so (for media players ie ipod)
I've been using settings as follows.

Eac i was using this to rip cd's to flac
-8 -V -T "ARTIST=%artist%" -T "TITLE=%title%" -T "ALBUM=%albumtitle%" -T "DATE=%year%" -T "TRACKNUMBER=%tracknr%" -T "GENRE=%genre%" -T "COMMENT=%comment%" %source% -o %dest%

My CMD batch file to convert to mp3 is as follows:

@echo off
"K:\Programs\Exact Audio Copy\Flac\flac.exe" -dc %1 | K:\Programs\Lame3.99.5\lame.exe -V 0 --vbr-new - %1.mp3
echo.

So i was browsing/reading through and came across Cuetools which seems to be a nice all in one solution.
Testing out the converter part and i noticed that it had a smaller file size than the method i used previously
I also had the same file size when i placed Lame3.99.5 - lame.exe into the plugins folder for Cuetools.


So a few questions:
1) Are the commands/commandline arguments I'm using currently the best i can get or have better ones come out
2) Is Cueripper better than Eac for CD to flac ripping or pretty much equivalent?
3) What would cause the file size discrepancy between the script and cuetools?
3a) is it using the same command because as far as i can tell it is?
4) Is there a better freeware i should look into for a ripper and/or converter?





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korth
post Mar 25 2014, 17:45
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Too much for a single topic.

3) check Tags / CoverArt.
3a) yes


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JJZolx
post Mar 25 2014, 18:54
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QUOTE (Spidernz @ Mar 24 2014, 12:45) *
1) Are the commands/commandline arguments I'm using currently the best i can get or have better ones come out

For EAC? That looks fine, although you could pass some additional tagging fields if you like. Here's a more complex encoding command line that I've seen:

-V -T "ARTIST=%artist%" -T "TITLE=%title%" -T "ALBUM=%albumtitle%" -T "DATE=%year%" -T "TRACKNUMBER=%tracknr%" -T "GENRE=%genre%" -T "PERFORMER=%albuminterpret%" -T "COMPOSER=%composer%" %haslyrics%--tag-from-file=LYRICS="%lyricsfile%"%haslyrics% -T "ALBUMARTIST=%albumartist%" -T "DISCNUMBER=%cdnumber%" -T "TOTALDISCS=%totalcds%" -T "TOTALTRACKS=%numtracks%" -T "COMMENT=%comment%" %source% -o %dest%

Personally, I have no use for things like lyrics or the PERFORMER field. You could pick and choose from this if you wanted to add things like DISCNUMBER or TOTALTRACKS. The most important addition that I think you could make would be ALBUMARTIST, as this is commonly used by many music players and library managers.

For the conversion to MP3 using LAME, I believe --vbr-new is now the default, so that's no longer necessary. You may want to reconsider using -V0 if this is only for portable players. The space savings you could get from using, say, -V2 or -V3 or lower would be significant. Test and see where you find the sound quality acceptable.

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2) Is Cueripper better than Eac for CD to flac ripping or pretty much equivalent?

I still use EAC and haven't used CUETools very much, so couldn't say.

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3) What would cause the file size discrepancy between the script and cuetools?

Your script doesn't transfer tagging to the MP3 files, does it? That's probably the difference.

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3a) is it using the same command because as far as i can tell it is?

The encoding parameters may be the same, but it's probably also passing the tagging data along on the command line.

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4) Is there a better freeware i should look into for a ripper and/or converter?

You could use foobar2000 or dbpoweramp Music Converter for the conversion. Both freeware, and they'll both transfer the tagging from the FLAC files to the MP3s.
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korth
post Mar 25 2014, 20:15
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QUOTE (JJZolx @ Mar 25 2014, 17:54) *
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3a) is it using the same command because as far as i can tell it is?

The encoding parameters may be the same, but it's probably also passing the tagging data along on the command line.

Yes, CUETools passes to TagLib# (aka taglib-sharp) for ID3 tagging.


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