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essentialjpm
post Jul 12 2013, 20:09
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I have an old account but I haven't posted in a long time, can't remember the email I registered with so I started this account. Anyway, I've ripped my CD collection several times (once at 128kbps, then again at 192kbps, then again at v0) each time with Easy CD-DA Extractor. Didn't always rip all at once, but the settings were pretty much the same till I changed so many CDs could have been ripped with different LAME versions as well.

Anyway, I'm sticking with v0 and I'm ready to re-do the entire collection at the same time with the same LAME version and settings. I don't want to be kicking myself again in a few years so I wouldn't mind a few opinions before I do everything and realize I did something incorrectly again in a few years.

After reading this forum a lot, the Exact Audio Copy wiki, and general Google searches, this is my final:

Software: Exact Audio Copy (0.99 Prebeta 4)

LAME: 3.98.4-vc6

Command Line: -V 0 --id3v2-only --ta "%a" --tl "%g" --tn "%n" --tt "%t" --ty "%y" --tg "%m" --tc "rbm (eac secure mode)" %s %d

I'm looking for the highest quality v0, rip time doesn't matter. From my reading this is the best command line I can get, am I missing anything?

Also, it seems like LAME 3.98.4 is highly recommended, is there a different version I should be using?

Thanks.
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slks
post Jul 13 2013, 10:54
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Rip to FLAC first, then encode with any version of LAME you'd like - including future versions in future years - and never have to re-rip in this lifetime.

As for settings, -V 0 is all you need. The -V settings have been heavily optimized and tweaked over many years. The work of figuring out how to design an encoder to use bits most efficiently, has already been done by the encoder's developers. In earlier times, with less mature (or just bad) software, there might have been advantages to forcing the encoder to abide by certain restrictions in the form of command-line arguments. LAME has been developed to such a high degree that this is unnecessary.

One thing that might be worth checking out, though, is the "functional extension" of LAME that I've seen mentioned on these very boards. I don't remember what it was called, but it made some modifications to the higher bit rate VBR mode so that it would be more liberal with handing out 320 kbs frames, which can improve how the encoder handles problematic samples. My technical description of it may be off, but perhaps someone can find the thread.


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- essentialjpm   Final Settings Prior To Encoding Collection   Jul 12 2013, 20:09
- - db1989   QUOTE (essentialjpm @ Jul 12 2013, 20:09)...   Jul 12 2013, 20:16
|- - essentialjpm   QUOTE (db1989 @ Jul 12 2013, 15:16) QUOTE...   Jul 12 2013, 21:18
|- - themanintheshadows_2451   QUOTE (db1989 @ Jul 12 2013, 21:16) QUOTE...   Sep 14 2013, 05:28
|- - Mach-X   QUOTE (themanintheshadows_2451 @ Sep 14 2013,...   Sep 14 2013, 05:35
- - Apesbrain   You're ripping your CD collection for the 4th ...   Jul 12 2013, 23:14
- - Eli   I would echo the recommendation for FLAC. Its loss...   Jul 13 2013, 00:23
- - slks   Rip to FLAC first, then encode with any version of...   Jul 13 2013, 10:54
- - Aleron Ives   LAME 3.100k is the current version of halb27's...   Jul 13 2013, 21:29
- - db1989   QUOTE (Aleron Ives @ Jul 13 2013, 21:29) ...   Jul 14 2013, 11:02
- - essentialjpm   After several recommending it in this topic, I bou...   Sep 12 2013, 02:36
|- - eahm   Why why why are you converting to MP3 if you have ...   Sep 12 2013, 02:43
|- - db1989   QUOTE (essentialjpm @ Sep 12 2013, 02:36)...   Sep 12 2013, 02:43
|- - rick.hughes   QUOTE (essentialjpm @ Sep 11 2013, 20:36)...   Sep 12 2013, 15:03
- - tpijag   2. Lossless is lossless so what level of compressi...   Sep 12 2013, 02:44
- - essentialjpm   QUOTE (db1989 @ Sep 11 2013, 21:43) No, n...   Sep 12 2013, 03:03
|- - gib   QUOTE (essentialjpm @ Sep 11 2013, 16:03)...   Sep 12 2013, 06:07
- - eahm   FLAC -0 in uncompressed. Again, why won't you ...   Sep 12 2013, 03:06
|- - greynol   QUOTE (eahm @ Sep 11 2013, 19:06) FLAC -0...   Sep 12 2013, 06:33
- - eahm   Wow, I totally confused level 0 with uncompressed ...   Sep 12 2013, 06:51
- - Mach-X   There is no such thing as 'uncompressed' f...   Sep 12 2013, 07:12
|- - marc2003   QUOTE (Mach-X @ Sep 12 2013, 07:12) ...   Sep 12 2013, 08:07
- - eahm   Mach-X, thanks for the lesson about lossless compr...   Sep 12 2013, 07:24
- - Mach-X   Any idea what commandline switch that is? Never he...   Sep 12 2013, 07:45
|- - JJZolx   --disable-constant-subframes --disable-fixed-subfr...   Sep 12 2013, 08:04
- - db1989   Uncompressed FLAC is a dubious extension pioneered...   Sep 12 2013, 13:13
- - spoon   We let people decide on their own, I keep an open ...   Sep 12 2013, 14:49
|- - db1989   QUOTE (spoon @ Sep 12 2013, 14:49) Here i...   Sep 12 2013, 16:11
- - spoon   There is also the [multi-encoder] encoder which al...   Sep 12 2013, 15:11
- - Wombat   This is business. In that case it is good service ...   Sep 12 2013, 16:31
- - spoon   I not talk about normal computers, rather networke...   Sep 12 2013, 16:38
- - essentialjpm   QUOTE (eahm @ Sep 11 2013, 22:06) FLAC -0...   Sep 12 2013, 18:22
|- - eahm   Please read here http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/foru...   Sep 12 2013, 19:22
- - greynol   Please don't confuse uncompressed with lossles...   Sep 12 2013, 18:31
- - JJZolx   I also keep both FLAC and MP3 copies of everything...   Sep 12 2013, 18:55
- - greynol   ...or a lossy library in a different format (vorbi...   Sep 12 2013, 18:59
- - phofman   For those using linux e.g. on their NAS - the grea...   Sep 12 2013, 20:39
- - Mach-X   I support the mp3 choice as well because if you de...   Sep 13 2013, 00:13
- - Alexey Lukin   RE: Final Settings Prior To Encoding Collection   Sep 13 2013, 21:58
- - Wombat   WoW! 64bit! I hope you didn't got m...   Sep 13 2013, 22:10
- - Mach-X   Correction for my "no such thing as uncompres...   Sep 14 2013, 04:43
- - JJZolx   There may be more than just the following thread. ...   Sep 14 2013, 08:40
- - greynol   FWIW, I chose not to upgrade to 3.99.5 because 3.9...   Sep 14 2013, 15:46
- - essentialjpm   I've been happy with dbpoweramp, (v0 and FLAC ...   Sep 20 2013, 21:28
- - spoon   If you install dBpoweramp R14.2 (archive.org looki...   Sep 20 2013, 21:36
- - essentialjpm   QUOTE (spoon @ Sep 20 2013, 16:36) If you...   Sep 21 2013, 02:29


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