Rip CDs with Exact Audio Copy - 2017 Edition - I’m Just Ripping to FLAC
- Note: The LiteOn USB drive and the Dell USB drive are similar in features/speed. I’m using the Dell with a WinXP VM and the LiteOn with a Win10 VM.
- If using VM, connect the CD drive to the VM.
- Tap Windows key, type “windows features”, enable .net 3.5
- Install EAC 1.3 into Windows 10 VM.
- Accept defaults, except do not launch EAC.
- After the install completes, then launch EAC.
- Load my old EACProfile.cfg. (It contains my naming convention.)
- Run the config wizard and select:
- Accurate Results
- Set up freedb with email@example.com
- Leave naming scheme unchanged (because I loaded it from .cfg)
- I am an expert.
- Go to EAC options and Filename and confirm:
- Go to Metadata options and set metadata to freedb
- Note: Do not USE “built-in freedb” for metadata. That won’t download album art. Use “freedb Metadata Plugin”.
- Quit EAC
- Start EAC
- Insert CD
- Press Alt-G to load metadata
- Choose Medium Images and double-click the right cover art.
- Correct Album Title (if needed)
- Rename artist to Lastname, Firstname
- Press the CMP button
- Select a destination folder
- e.g. Music, and it will write to the artist-name sub-folder. A local folder is faster than a network folder because it will write a .WAV, then read it back and compress it with FLAC.
- If you get “The external compressor returned an error”, chose a destination folder which has a simpler path name. Do NOT rip to a UNC name.
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I always purchase my music (unless I get it free, legitimately). Once in a while, I purchase it on a physical CD. Here’s how I rip CDs on my MacBook. Note that I rip to FLAC, and then generate MP3 files from FLAC for use in portable devices and in iTunes.
Here are some things I tried and didn't like:
- I tried and didn't like xACT. It doesn't name tracks the way I want them named, and it takes way too long to rip.
- I tried Exact Audio Copy under WINE, and found it way way too fiddly.
- I tried dBpowerAmp under WINE, and found it too fiddly.
So I threw in the towel, and went with a mix of Mac and Parallels. To get started, I installed a bunch of programs. I didn't end up using them all.
- Parallels: Installed Exact Audio Copy v1.0 beta 3
- Parallels: Installed dBpowerAmp r13 with PowerPack. I told it to add the FLAC codec. I told it to add DSP Effects.
- Parallels: Installed MP3Tag ( http://www.mp3tag.de/en/download.html )
- Mac: Install Tag ( http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/21641/tag )
- Mac: Install Max ( http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/19873/max )
Then, when I'm ready to rip:
- Parallels: Use EAC to rip to [mac-desktop]/album-name as WAV files.
- Mac: Start Max
- Menu: File/Convert_Files
- Select and Open your WAV files
- Menu: Tools/Convert
- Exit Max </ul>
- Select all the FLAC files
- Right-click, and select MP3Tag
- In MP3Tag, select all the files
- Drag and drop the album art into MP3Tag's window.
- Click the Save button </ul>
- Mac: Start Tag
- Menu: File/Open
- Select and Open your FLAC files
- Use Tools/Guess_Tags, with
- Exit Tag </ul>
- Parallels: Select the FLAC files, right click,
- Parallels: Select the FLAC files, right-click, choose Convert, and convert them to MP3 (VBR, 190 KBS) </ul>