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 Post subject: Need help with mp3's
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:12 pm 
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Hi folks,

I could use some advice on ripping mp3's from my cd's. First, let me describe my problem. I have a 160Gb iPod Classic and use iTunes to rip music and add to my device. I was naive and didn't know anything about ripping music and used iTunes AAC (iTunes Plus) method for ripping. The inconsistent sound levels drive me absolutely nuts! Sure, I can play around with each album and try to normalize them. That never works. I tried MP3 Gain, but it doesn't recognize the AAC (m4a) format.

My main listening device is a 2010 Harley-Davidson CVO Ultra-Classic. It has limits. Some songs are loud enough, but others are too quiet for blasting down the freeway at 80 MPH.

I just downloaded Exact Audio Copy 1.0 beta 3, with LAME bundle 399.5-64. For compression options, is LAME about as good as it gets? At the moment I have it set for 320 kBit/s, High Quality.

I have over 2000 cd's to rip so I want to get it set up right before I start. Any advice is appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help with mp3's
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:18 am 
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LAME is as pretty good as it gets. Though I'm partial to using LC-AAC myself, as it's more efficient than MP3.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help with mp3's
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:08 am 
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Yep, you've got it...EAC+LAME is the gold standard. But before you start ripping your 2000+ collection, make it a two step process. Don't just go straight to mp3. Rip all the CD's to Flac to archive first. This drastically shrinks the native audio file, keeps it lossless and makes it a snap to tinker around with formats. I like Ogg for both fidelity and portability and like AAC it trounces mp3. Some super simple apps to reformat and tinker with encoders are the drop apps found at RareWares...Ogg-Drop, Lame-drop, Flac-drop, nnn. The only hitch is the limiting playback of your iPod which is why I stick with open source devices like iRiver.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help with mp3's
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:58 am 
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Ok, I don't really care about archival quality at the moment. I have EAC set up to delete the wav files after compression.

Is there anything else I need to tweak before ripping at 320/HQ? I'm just starting to get into EAC. This will be much better than my iTunes AAC correct?


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 Post subject: Re: Need help with mp3's
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:05 am 
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Here is what my external compression tab looks like.

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 Post subject: Re: Need help with mp3's
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:14 pm 
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Just tick off delete the "WAV after compression" if that's what you want and make sure your naming scheme is set to your liking. Also I might suggest 192KB/s variable but it sounds like you want the highest quality period, and damn the size. Remember still, even mp3 at 320KB/s is lossy only lossless is pristine.

A little dated but this is a very good guide to turn yourself into an EAC Ninja


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 Post subject: Re: Need help with mp3's
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:33 pm 
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Thank you!


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 Post subject: Re: Need help with mp3's
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:53 pm 
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Lossy or not, this will still be better than my iTunes rip eh?


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 Post subject: Re: Need help with mp3's
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:16 pm 
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Absopositively!


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