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WAV and MP3 simultaneously and LAME Settings
post Feb 4 2013, 21:25
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I am archiving my collection of over 1,000 CDs. Itís a big job, and I want to get it right so I donít have to repeat it. I already started to rip CDs using iTunes and Roxio, but I noticed quite a few songs had pops, crackles, and/or distortion. At first I thought it was a problem with my CD reader, and I went out and purchased a lens cleaning disc. When that didnít solve the problem, I did more research online and realized the problem might be with the programs I was using. That is how I cam across EAC, which I really love but find a tad confusing. So, I have a few questions.

My goal is to back-up every CD in two formats: 1) WAV files to store on an external hard drive as a true archive, and 2) MP3 files to use for iTunes and portable MP3 players. Here are my questions:

1. Is it possible to save in both MP3 and WAV files while only reading the disc once? At this point, I am reading it once for the WAV files and a second time for the MP3 files. I tried just reading it once and saving as WAV files and then converting to MP3s; however, when I did that, none of the info regarding artist, track number, etc. were saved and I had to manually edit the info for use in ITunes and other players. I already have two profiles save in EAC Ė one for WAV and one for MP3. In each case, I have file naming set to save the files in folders under the artist name, with a subfolder for the artist name.

2. Regarding compression settings, I am using the latest version of LAME (I think it is 3.99.5). I would be happy with VBR and a minimum bit rate of 256 kbps, but I found it simpler to just go with 320 kbps CBR. I am not too worried about the difference in file size. I am not sure if I have the correct settings or if I could reduce the number of additional commands. Here are the additional command-line options I have entered for External Compression:

-b 320 %islow%-V 5%islow%%ishigh%-V 2%ishigh% --vbr-new %source% %dest%

And here is a screenshot of my External Compression tab:

3. Does anybody know the easier way to import the ripped MP3 tracks to iTunes? At this point, I am ripping straight to the iTunes folder, with a folder for artist and subfolder for album. After the files are ripped, I go into iTunes and add the folder to the library.

4. In terms of playback, is one player better than another? Specifically, is one player better than iTunes for playback? I also have used WinAmp. For my home stereo, I can simply play the WAV files stored on my external hard drive, but I use an iPod for traveling and the car.

Sorry for all the questions on my first post. If it would be better, I can break them down to separate posts. I am most concerned only with Questions 1 and 2 above.
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post Feb 5 2013, 19:52
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Thanks guys. I did try to figure out what all the commands meant, but it is not so straightforward - and I am no stranger to computers, albiet new to EAC and LAME.

As for 256 or 320 VBR, I thought perhaps there was a way of specifying a minimum bit rate. I know in that is the case in iTunes -- you sepcify the minimum and the VBR option will only increase that bit rate where necessary. It will never drop below the minimum. I guess that is not the case with LAME?
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- dms802   WAV and MP3 simultaneously and LAME Settings   Feb 4 2013, 21:25
- - pdq   The biggest mistake that I can see that you are ma...   Feb 4 2013, 21:54
|- - dms802   QUOTE (pdq @ Feb 4 2013, 15:54) The bigge...   Feb 4 2013, 22:02
- - Nessuno   Out of curiosity: did the pops, clicks, distortion...   Feb 4 2013, 22:54
|- - dms802   QUOTE (Nessuno @ Feb 4 2013, 16:54) Out o...   Feb 5 2013, 00:51
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (dms802 @ Feb 5 2013, 00:51) QUOTE ...   Feb 6 2013, 08:58
|- - dms802   QUOTE (Nessuno @ Feb 6 2013, 02:58) QUOTE...   Feb 7 2013, 18:54
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (dms802 @ Feb 7 2013, 17:54) I had ...   Feb 7 2013, 19:09
- - dms802   So, it sounds like the issue of ripping the disc o...   Feb 5 2013, 04:32
- - Mach-X   Those settings are rather needlessly complex. the ...   Feb 5 2013, 04:46
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (Mach-X @ Feb 5 2013, 03:46) A...   Feb 7 2013, 19:07
- - db1989   Good catch on --vbr-new being unnecessary, althoug...   Feb 5 2013, 04:51
- - dms802   I had a feeling that the additional commands were ...   Feb 5 2013, 05:03
|- - db1989   QUOTE (dms802 @ Feb 5 2013, 04:03) I had ...   Feb 5 2013, 12:45
- - Aleron Ives   VBR settings target a specific quality level; spec...   Feb 5 2013, 07:06
- - phofman   And then there is the wonderful mp3fs filesystem i...   Feb 5 2013, 16:34
- - dms802   Thanks guys. I did try to figure out what all the...   Feb 5 2013, 19:52
- - pdq   That IS the case in LAME, but its use is generally...   Feb 5 2013, 20:01
- - Aleron Ives   Yes, you can use the -b switch to specify a minimu...   Feb 5 2013, 20:03
- - Mach-X   Perhaps to put in simpler terms what others are sa...   Feb 6 2013, 09:45

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