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I want to recreate disc image/MusicBrainz ID from tracks, log, and CUE, [moved from FLAC as not format-specific]
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post Jul 7 2012, 16:06
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I currently store the vast majority of my physical CDs in flight cases in the attic. It was only supposed to be temporary while I sorted out suitable shelving, but they've been there for about 2 years so far. The point is: they're not easily accessible right now.

However I've ripped all of them to FLAC, and probably about 60% - maybe more - have been ripped following [moderation: removed link to piracy site representing a violation of TOS #9] guidelines for 100% accurate rip (according to their log checker) and include full EAC logs plus CUE sheets. Is it possible to use this information to rebuild an image of each CD that I can then reliably use to get a discID with MusicBrainz Picard? I use a licenced copy of Alcohol, so wondering if I can build ISO files (or other image files) and then load them into Alcohol, and then generate discIDs (rather than getting all my CDs down, and inserting them disc by disc). I've asked a similar question over at the MusicBrainz forums and got some feedback, but wondering if there was a more definite way to go...

My main question, I guess, is this: if I could use FLAC+CUE+log to build an exact copy of my originals, would this be "safe" to generate discID? The whole point of discID (for me, at least) would be that there's zero ambiguity - so if there's even the slightest risk of generating a discID that would be different from the "the real thing" then it would be pointless...

Second question is because I'm lazy smile.gif Is it possible to automate creation of CD images? As in - could I point <some utility> at my music collection, then get it to spit out disc images that I could load into Alcohol?

It just saves me faffing around with all my CDs. Getting them down from the attic isn't the end of the world - but inserting them disc by disc to create discIDs just seems like a bit of a chore. There has to be an easier way for the more lazy collector...

Any thoughts?

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post Jul 18 2012, 09:39
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QUOTE (gutted @ Jul 7 2012, 17:06) *
[...]and include full EAC logs plus CUE sheets. Is it possible to use this information to rebuild an image of each CD that I can then reliably use to get a discID with MusicBrainz Picard?
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The whole point of discID (for me, at least) would be that there's zero ambiguity - so if there's even the slightest risk of generating a discID that would be different from the "the real thing" then it would be pointless...


Is the point to get the MusicBrainz ID correct (you want that and only that), or is the point to get a completely unique identifier for each physical disc?

In the latter case, there is no 100% proof TOC-based way. Even if you accept to identify different pressings which differ just by offset (i.e. the same TOC and the same audio except moved a few samples to the left or right), then there is no way you can be sure that a remaster of a recording that was originally mastered from files (as opposed to tapes), isn't remastered with the same TOC. Not by coincidence, but by construction -- by working with the files in a way that doesn't alter the TOC.


(Myself, I use the AccurateRip ID as TOC-based identifier, but that is because it is easy to extract from dBpoweramp logs without me having to calculate anything, and it conveniently ends in the 8-character CDDB/freeDB ID. True, it has fewer possible combinations than the MusicBrainz ID.)


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