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post May 13 2010, 03:18
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I'm having trouble ripping a couple of CDs in my collection and I could use some advice on the situation.

I'll use one CD as an example. It is by a local independant artist from years ago, so there is no way i can download it or get a new copy. The CD rips fine other than the first track which has errors and wont rip in secure mode(well the fourth track has trouble too because the test and copy CRC wont match, but the track rips fine at about 99.8% track quality with no errors). The first track plays fine and there are no scratches, so i can only assume that it is just a low quality CD due to the group being independant or the static and silence introduction to the song is confusing EAC into thinking there are errors. As far as i can tell, I have two options for adding this CD to my archive, I can either turn off the option that stops a rip if there are errors and just rip it in secure mode or I can rip it in burst mode: I am wondering which of these 2 options would give me the better rip. Obviously this situation is not ideal, but indie is indie.

Thankyou for your time.
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post May 13 2010, 05:22
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In that situation I would record from the S/PDIF out of the CD player into the S/PDIF input of my soundcard. Would it provide a bit for bit match with the original? I would have no interest in that question, only in how the recorded track sounds. Obviously you have no way to answer the question anyway, with this particular CD.

If stuck without S/PDIF capabilities, I would record from the analogue out of CD player to analogue in of soundcard. There is a potential problem here, in my experience, in that many CD tracks will overload soundcard inputs, clipping. This means some attenuation may be necessary between CD player and soundcard.

A third option is re-polishing the CD bottom surface. Scratches and scuffing can prevent good extraction, but if that isn't the problem with your CD, the effort isn't likely to be useful.
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