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Archiving help please!, Lame mp3 encoder
vipervick
post Dec 28 2013, 22:54
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Hi all,

Just getting back into ripping my cd's onto my hard drive. I have used EAC in the past (quite recently) and today it quit ripping mp3's. I keep the wav for archive, and mp3 for my ipod. I still get a wav file, but no mp3's.

I have EAC v1.0 beta 3 (2011) and LAME 3.99.5


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post Dec 29 2013, 00:33
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This guide may be able to point out if there is anything wrong with your settings.



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post Dec 29 2013, 00:44
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Keeping a lossless copy is a good idea, but why not encode with a lossless codec that supports tags? That way you can make a fully tagged lossy copy with very little effort.
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post Dec 29 2013, 00:51
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One more thing: thanks to the 'archiving' term in the thread's title, my initial impression was that you wanted some advice on which encoder settings to use for that purpose.
But that wrong impression was obviously dismissed after I read your post.

Basically what you're doing more specifically, is encoding pure and simple. Archiving as you probably know, is what you chose to do with, say, the FLAC files later on.


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post Dec 29 2013, 09:36
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Thanks all,

No idea, it just quit working. Imagine you drive your car to work every day. Then one Tuesday it doesn't start. That's what happened to me. I get the wav's, but no mp3.

I just tried uninstalling, deleting the folder, using Ccleaner, rebooting, and reinstalling. /crossesfingers


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post Dec 29 2013, 09:56
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My bet is you're probably feeding some wrong parameter to Lame when calling it up via EAC (the 'Compression' screen that comes up when you press F11 on EAC). Are you using 'User Defined Encoder'?

It could also be that you've changed one of the following since you've last successfully had EAC to encode to MP3:

-any parameter on 'Additional command-line options';
-your EAC version (the latest ones have changed the way you enter id3 tags, for instance;
-your lame.exe location

Did you give the guide I told you a good read?


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post Dec 29 2013, 23:38
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QUOTE (includemeout @ Dec 29 2013, 00:56) *
My bet is you're probably feeding some wrong parameter to Lame when calling it up via EAC (the 'Compression' screen that comes up when you press F11 on EAC). Are you using 'User Defined Encoder'?

It could also be that you've changed one of the following since you've last successfully had EAC to encode to MP3:

-any parameter on 'Additional command-line options';
-your EAC version (the latest ones have changed the way you enter id3 tags, for instance;
-your lame.exe location

Did you give the guide I told you a good read?


Yes, thank you. I had already posted that link on Head-Fi.org after reading it. Can't ask for help in too many places.

After the reinstall, I set it up all over again and it seems to work. Such is life when you have kids. They probably tampered with one, tiny thing...

Followed this: http://blowfish.be/eac/


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post Dec 29 2013, 23:57
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Don't mention it. smile.gif

Glad to know it worked out for you in the end.


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post Dec 31 2013, 02:51
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QUOTE (includemeout @ Dec 29 2013, 14:57) *
Don't mention it. smile.gif

Glad to know it worked out for you in the end.


I used this setting, hoping for the best...

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-b 320 -h --add-id3v2 --ignore-tag-errors --ta "%artist%" --tt "%title%" --tg "%genre%" --tl "%albumtitle%" --ty "%year%" --tn "%tracknr%" %source% %dest%


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post Dec 31 2013, 05:15
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I can't see why you should go wrong with those settings.

Though that's as good as MP3 quality gets under normal circumstances and unless you're a placebophile suffering from an acute case of ABX'ophobia, many members of this community (myself included) also simultaneously encode their music library to a lossless format (FLAC, WavPack etc.) alongside (usually VBR) lossy, in order to have some reassurance they'll be able to transcode freely among formats in case they change their minds, lest they don't mind future headaches.

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post Dec 31 2013, 08:37
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You should really use a lossless compression instead of archiving wav files. You can save a ridiculous amount of hard drive space by using FLAC at default compression. The FLAC format will also allow you to tag and embed art work and it also has a checksum that can verify the integrity of the FLAC file.


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post Dec 31 2013, 11:20
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Or, if compatibility is not an issue and you have a Rockbox'd DAP for portability, hybrid WavPack can be the best of both worlds, with HQ high-bitrate lossy and the certainty of a correction file for lossless archival and playback.

And (here's the charm about WavPack) unlike FLAC, you'll only have to worry about tagging the lossy file, not the lossless one; saving you a lot of time when managing your audio collection.

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post Dec 31 2013, 23:08
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QUOTE (A_Man_Eating_Duck @ Dec 30 2013, 23:37) *
You should really use a lossless compression instead of archiving wav files. You can save a ridiculous amount of hard drive space by using FLAC at default compression. The FLAC format will also allow you to tag and embed art work and it also has a checksum that can verify the integrity of the FLAC file.

Storage is not an issue. I have a dedicated 2Tb hard drive for files. Only using less than 100 Gb so far. Totally not worried.


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post Dec 31 2013, 23:12
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Ok, now pretend the point about storage wasn't made.


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