Music Compilation Begins!

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Thanks to everyone for pointing in me in the right direction from my previous post for the right software to Rip CDs and tag them ID3s from a Database. I installed ExactAudioCopy since it had the right features I was looking for and I was mostly looking at the two items I mentioned previously, I don’t need it to do everything, I just need it to the things I want really well. From 10 CD it couldn’t identify only 2 CDs, it was surprising there were a few I wasn’t expecting but it got most of them and the ones it didn’t I updated the freedb with information from the disk cover which I inputed. I’m going to see if there is way to add to the Database or get information from another DB, if anyone has any ideas drop me a line.

In regards to the process you have to get EAC and LAME MP3 encoder and you unzip that LAME folder into the same fold you install EAC and then you configure EAC to use the LAME externel compress to produce the MP3s. With EAC you can configure it to have high quality or a mix of speed and quality, I opted for quality so it has slowed down the ripping process and a CD can take from 20 to 30 minutes. I don’t mind since I’m going to be able to archive the disk now once I’m done ripping all that I want.

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!

4 Comments

  1. agoolek eyaha me ‘3air fa5ar ;p madrii shga3ed tgool ;p

  2. Now.. to figure out an automated CD switching process..

  3. knafa

    i’m not sure if i understand you right though, EAC use “freedb.org” to retrieve cd information their’s an alternative which is “MusicBrainz.com”, i think many users report that they have much success with it than freedb.org, to use it follow these steps:

    1-open EAC
    2-press F12 to open Database options.
    3-put any email address in the empty fields
    4-right this server in the “freedb server:”

    http://freedb.musicbrainz.org:80/~cddb/cddb.cgi

    6- keep the old one in note in case you need it again, which is:
    http://freedb.freedb.org:80/~cddb/cddb.cgi

    7-then hit ok

    now if you want to retrieve the information from the new server put the audio cd while you connected to the internet and press
    ALT + G
    OR
    database—->Get cd information from—->remote freedb

    *the only drawback with MusicBrainz.com is the “Genre”, which is always set to (Unknown) but it’s not a big deal cause you can edit it easily with EAC in the “Genre” field after finish grabbing the information.
    ————————————————————
    on the side note, there’s a program called (Album-Cover-Art-Downloader) which i highly recommend that can put “album art” on the IDE3 tag to show for example the album cover while you playing the song in ipod or any mp3 that support album art.

    grab it here:
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Other-AUDIO-Tools/Album-Cover-Art-Downloader.shtml

    use it in the final step of ripping, it’s very easy just

    open the program while you connected:

    1- open the folder which all your music in.
    2- highlight any album (make sure when you click on the album, the “artist” and “filed” are filled automatically

    3-click “Download covers”
    4-it will search and display many covers in many resolution for the album, i recommended to chose the lowest resolution cause sometime the program grab massive resolutions covers which is useless and waste of space for just album cover.
    5-when you chose the cover click “Set as cover” and you’re done.

    *the program will search covers in the amazon.com database by default, you can enable more database at the program setting for more choices like (buy.com, yahoo).

    finally if you find that i have stupid language their’s another guide here:
    http://www.mp3buzz.net/index.php/2006/02/01/album-art-how-to-2/

    enjoy :)

  4. ZuZu: U lost me!

    N: There is a machine but it would cost an arm and a leg!

    knafa: Thank you very much for the whole setup!!! This is going to make digitizing so much simpler! Now to just change CDs!!!

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