Yes, Audacity is a great suggestion. I use it for my "professional"
stuff, too. The only caveat is that if you're going to output to
MP3s, you also have to install lame. It's easy enough to do but it's
just another step.
Fortunately, ripping CDs is a 95% hands off process. I'm sure if you
look around, you can find a program that automates the whole thing and
all you have to do is keep feeding the machine CDs whenever it sticks its
Looks like Audiograbber has a "continuous ripping" mode, which looks like
it will make it easy to keep feeding the computer CDs. (I'm going to try
that out when I get some new CDs.) It does grab track names from the
CDDB, but sometimes there's multiple options or the well-meaning
individual who entered the data didn't check his spelling.
Audiograbber also has a Line-in recording function, which is great for
recording tapes and records.
On 17 Dec 2013 01:26:04 GMT, Puckdropper
That's really all you need to do with Media Player. You do have to
sit there, though. I'm doing a couple of hundred, right now (I think
my CD drive just crapped out).
No need to get special software. Media Player will do it all, *AND*
grab an image of the CD case graphic at the same time (95% of CDs,
anyway). It keeps it all in its database. You can also select the
format (WMA, MP3, WAV, etc.) and bit depth (MP3s).
I installed Apple's iTunes (I'm going to an iPod, so need it) but it
screwed up the process so I'm ignoring that step for now.
As Bill said, Audacity is a great program for that. ...and free.
Audiograbber is free (now). There were shareware versions, but the free
version has been out for many years. It doesn't have as many bells and
whistles as apparently Media Player does, but I've used the free version
for years and it works.
My point was you don't have to sit there and babysit the computer. It
will do most of the work itself, and you're free to do something else.
"Puckdropper" <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> wrote in
Audiograbber leaves Media Player in the dust when it comes to ripping CDs.
Basically, it lets someone who has made the effort to learn about what they
are doing to exercise that knowledge. Media Player is meant for the others.
True for CDs but IIRC Leon was interested in LPs. Those are real time.
Nevertheless, Audiograbber with the LAME codec would be a good program to
There are too many things to list all but here are some...
1. Select - precisely - the bit rate. I don't recall at the moment if one
can also select sampling rate.
2. Select the type of MP3 recording; i.e., stereo, joint stereo, etc.
3. Use any of numerous encoders...LAME, FhG, Blade, Xing <ugh>, even the
system ones but I wouldn't unless you have replaced the "a" with the "p".
4. Choose the rip method (ASPI, MSCDEX)
5. Set the parameters for normalization
6. Use either ID3v1 or ID3v2 tags. Both? I don't recall.
7. Manually enter track/tag info. Useful if CDDB doesn't have it which it
won't for vinyl/tape.
8. Record from external source. Also useful for vinyl/tape
Those are the ones that come to mind but there are numerous others.
Basically, Audiograbber (and others) let the user control what is being
done; Media Player - like most MS stuff - assumes the user is mentally
Perhaps your MP is different than mine. On mine, all I can do is click the
slider which then moves to the next bit rate that MS deems acceptable. IOW,
I can't SLIDE the slider to, say, 160 which is my preferred bit rate.
The only way to do it IS at the source level. Unless one wants to re-encode
the MP3. One wants to do it because some prefer one way, others another.
You're the one using it, I'm not.
If you have to ask, it would be impossible to explain in detail. Suffice it
to say that the encoder determnes how the music sounds.
Why not? Do you prefer having to constantly adjust the volume control?
I never said it was. I said - basically - that it was dumbed down to the
lowest common denominator. It is, as is most all of MS offerings. That
doesn't mean it is useless as it lets many people do things that they either
could not do or would not want to do if it were otherwise; however, it also
means that the results may not be as good as they could be.
I think you may be misunderstanding the terms in the context used. It has
nothing to do with throwing away information beyond that which is always
dumped when encoding to MP3, it has to do with the WAY it is encoded.
Normalization is not compression.
No, I didn't explain what I meant, well. If you're worried about
quality, save everything. Rip to a WAV and save that. Any MP3, by
definition, loses information.
Normalizing to what?
I am actually quite surprised it's a sophisticated as it is. It's not
an audio processing program (Audacity is great for that), rather a
ripping and library program, where it excels. ...surprising for M$.
I used 'final vinyl' and it allowed the entire record side to be copied,
then automatically separated out the tracks, Worked good except for the
occasional tracks that had 'artistic' silence in the song. YMMV
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