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  1. I just got the Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band remaster Deluxe 4CD and DVD set. Giles Martin remaster. So, Im getting ready to Rip the 2 channel mix using XLD and was wondering, what is XLD using in the CD database to compare Rip Accuracy to as this just was released? And, I am hoping that it does not detect errors simply because the new remaster is different than whatever version they have in their database. For that matter, this probably applies to any Mofi etc remastering sessions. To accurately assess the rip, does that not depend on a perfect copy in the database to compare to? For a new release, how do I know they actually have it already in said database? and yes...I realize I am exposing my ignorance to the ripping algorithms. Help Thanks
  2. I was ripping some of my CDs on my old macbook using XLD. I found that task quite boring and since the optical drive in my old laptop died and my new MacBook Pro doesn't have one I have not done any ripping recently. Presently I am mostly downloading or streaming and listening to my CDs via my CD transport which sounds better than any ripping I did. I like the simple physical act of getting up and searching for a CD instead of being on my computer but ripping has the advantage that one can use these files on different devices like my DAP (AK120) or my SD-trans 384(restricted to WAV) or a future second audio system. Talking to some audio dealers they claim that the quality of the rips are much better using dedicated music servers. I do not understand that statement as any rip which is accurate should be identical to other accurate rips. But I would prefer not to use my MacBook for audio purposes so I am interested in some of the newer music severs which have builtin optical drives and can +/- automatically rip CDs like Naim Unity Core or Innuos Zen (mini /-ith). One main concern is whether these rips are useable universally by other devices (of course the file format itself should be one these these devices can use. That includes the metadata! So is ripping with these servers really more convenient and are the files fully transferable? And which one?
  3. Had an interesting experience recently that I thought I'd share. As I reported in an earlier post, I've been ripping a lot of CDs lately, one at a time, and having a rough time of it: Many errors that required repeated passes and slowed things down a lot. Some--maybe 1 in 4 CDs--started ripping frame by frame, which takes forever. This was mainly with an LG ripper/writer that's rated for pretty high speed. (See my earlier post.) Someone here suggested the power supply might be causing this, and this gave me an idea. I had an Audioquest Jitterbug lying around. For those who aren't familiar with it, it's a passive USB-treatment device that you plug into your computer; it receives the USB cable. It conditions the USB's 5V supply and the data channels. Many have reported that it makes the music sound better. My external USB drive uses external power, but I thought I'd try it anyway, since it would at least be able to condition the data lines. By the time I thought to try this, I wasn't far from finished. But the effect on ripping was dramatic. I ripped more than 100 CDs with the jitterbug (after ripping hundreds without). I went from having an error with every third of fourth CD to NO ERRORS on the final 100 or so CDs. None. The process went much faster. This tells me two things: Despite what skeptics have claimed, the Jitterbug actually does something. It's not snake oil. (Whether it improves the sound I cannot say, since I haven't yet tried it for this, its intended application, although people I know and whose ears I trust report improvement, and I believe them.) Anyway, it apparently cleans up the voltage levels sufficiently to eliminate errors when ripping with a cheap (although not the cheapest; I paid more than $50), crappy USB drive. If you're ripping CDs and its going slow, give the Jitterbug a try. Jim
  4. A very basic question, of course, that I don't believe has been asked at CA for a while. So I'd be very interested to know the current perceptions of a very experienced constituency. So, the question is: Does a lossless file derived from a CD sound better than the physical disc? Please choose one of these five responses (A) I don't know, I haven't tried it. (B) I haven't tried it, but there's no way they could sound different. © I've tried it, there's no difference. (D) I've tried it, the file sounds better than the CD (E) I've tried it, the file sounds worse than the CD I'll post this as a new poll. If there are a meaningful number of responses, I'll report. Thank you.
  5. Basics: Ripping

    I'm going to have some basic questions, the first of which is about ripping. The articles in CA academy on ripping are 6yrs old. The "what format" is probably more accurate now than ever given the plunging prices of storage. However, while the overall strategy is probably still relevant, the software references seem very out of date. GD3's software still references Windows XP, Vista or 7, not exactly current and no mention of OSX. I'm on a Mac so obviously I can use iTunes to rip to AIFF. Is there some other software that is a superior solution? Thanks!
  6. Hi folks! My system has been purely computer-based digital from the start - initially with iTunes tracks and more recently with hi-resolution files from HDTracks and the like. I don't think I've purchased any physical media in almost 10 years... However, I really like DSD, and given the dearth of sites selling DSD downloads (especially outside of the US, e.g. Acoustic Sounds' Super HiRez doesn't sell to customers outside the US and Canada), I've been toying with the idea of just buying SACDs and ripping them to DSD files. What's the best way and best equipment to use to do this? I already have a decent DAC (PS Audio Directstream), so if it's a transport recommendation I probably don't need a super-highend one with a built-in DAC... But I'm open to all ideas! Many thanks in advance for any advice. Art p.s. My setup is Mac Mini based (with an Uptone Audio LPS and MMK to be installed when I get some time!), with my current music files accessed via wired LAN from another Mac Mini with an external RAID.
  7. I am ripping my CDs using dbPoweramp with all the various error correction etc. turned on and now am wondering how to interpret what is happening and what it means. Some examples: 1) Brand new CD fresh out of the wrap. Seems to rip fine but at the end most of the tracks report as inaccurate in Accurate Rip. 2) Second brand new CD fresh out the wrap. Found in accurate rip seems to rip fine but then at the end of the rip I get a report that some of the tracks are inaccurate, some are accurate and some are not in accurate rip. When I redo the rip the result is identical including the CRC values. 3) Next brand new CD fresh out of the wrap. Rips fine with no errors and all tracks are accurate according to accurate rip. The first and second CDs are less popular and more obscure music although the last one is not exactly a common disc either. So what can I conclude from this? -The CD reader in my computer is capable of reading a brand new CD accurately (point 3). -Does the CD reader in my computer take some time to warm up or is it variable in its capability? Possible, but as per point 2 I redo the rip and get identical "errors". If this was the case I would have expected it to change from one run to another. -Are the CDs I am buying substandard fresh out of the wrap? I am buying them online from Amazon so I would assume they should be good quality proper CDs. -The numbers from Accurate Rip may not be that accurate. With less common music their stored numbers may be wrong. I am not sure of the details of how they get these values so not sure of the possibility for errors. Anyone able to shed some light on this or give me some suggestions on this "problem" and what I should do?
  8. Not sure if I should just move on, re-rip or stop here? First time I get such a situation. Is either all accurate or all safe, not mixed.
  9. XLD Ripping format of filename question

    Im trying to rip a official soundtrack cd to flac and have set the file naming in preferences to %A - %y - %T [%f]/%n - %t which produces the flac files in the wrong order (the cd details are not available on freedb.freedb.org and I am having to enter the details manually. When I try %A - %T (%y) [%f]/%n - %a - %t I get three different folder. Please could you let me know what naming format I should use to get the tracks in the correct order and in one file.
  10. Hi, I am new on this forum, despite having been an enthuthiastic, albeit irregular, reader here for years. The reason why I have just registered is that I have a problem that I very much hope that some of the wise and helpful members here can help me find the solution to... My problem consists in noise on several of my ripped cd albums - but not all, despite the fact that all of my rips are being done on the same computer with the same optical drive, same software (EAC + JRiver) and all cables etc. being the same as well. Personally I find it most likely that the noise comes from my external, USB-powered, Asus Blu-Ray slim-line combo drive (SBC-06D2XU), but I am by no means certain, so that is what I hope that you will help me to determine. The Asus drive is only slightly more than half a year old, yet it does often make quite a bit of noise when in use, and its vibrations are furthermore easily heard and felt on the desk, and this has been so ever since the day I bought it, although I did not give it much consideration back then, especially since I did not have any decent computer audio equipment until recently. The other parts of my system consist of a Violectric V800 DAC + Violectric V200 head-amp + Audeze LCD2.v2. and Musical Fidelity X-T100 integrated amp + Dali Menuet speakers, all placed on my desktop with what I consider to be more than decent cabling (from van den Hul and AudioQuest among others). If it most likely is my drive that is at fault, then I am considering buying the following drive from Buffalo as a replacement, and I would naturally be very grateful for any informed or reasoned comment on whether it is likely to be a better drive than the one I have and solve my noise problems (my main reason for selecting this one is that it looks like a sturdy build, it has an external power supply and it has a USB 3.0 connection, but I do not have a chance to test the drive before making the purchase): http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00BQTJ1DQ/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p147_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=A3JWKAKR8XB7XF&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1KRZF4554QEA92T0K416&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=455353687&pf_rd_i=301128 Any thoughts?
  11. Hi guys, I just acquired a macbook pro and have ordered a 1tb external hard drive. I hope to rip my sizable CD collection in Apple Lossless and play through iTunes (possibly getting audiophile plug-ins in future). I am wondering which ripping software is best? iTunes is most convenient but I want accurate rips(I don't want to rip again), so should I use a program like XLD? I don't have access to a windows machine or I'd just rip with dbPoweramp.
  12. Greetings Folks, For some reason, playing back my ripped SACD's with Aurdirvana coupled to my Devialet leveraging a Weiss INT 202 is causing seriously bizarre play back. Track's volume is variable within a song, fluctuating up and down at any moment. Sounds awfully psychedelic in a not pleasing way! Anyone know what the cause could be? i believe my settings are all good. When i rip the SACD's to PCM with Audiogate, it's no problem. Blech. Help!??
  13. As part of my conversion and upgrade of computer audio, I'm re-ripping my CD collection. I inherited a formidable classical collection, which definitely complicates the process. It's remarkable how inconsistent the metadata is, even within the same multi-disc sets. Unfortunately my methodology has evolved as I've ripped, as I've uncovered nuances of inconsistency, even after studying advice and case studies on CA, so I've already lost consistency in my process, but the main thing is to get the music "in there," then fine tune it later. The wonderful thing is that all that classical music will now be accessible for playback and endless exploration, rather than stored dormant in a big box of CDs. That alone justifies at least half the work and expense here. I use XLD in burst mode. I've tweaked the settings as best I could, but I still don't understand what most of them do or don't. If the burst rip detects an error in a file, I re-rip those files in secure mode, which more than half the time fixes the error (or maybe because I gave the CD a second wipe with an optical cloth). I've only found two or three disks out of a few hundred so far to be unrippable, and those only partially. Ripping in secure mode by default took excruciatingly too long, and XLD would often hang on problems, requiring a computer reboot, to a point where I nearly gave up and just used iTunes, but things have been going more smoothly more recently. I'm currently storing all the music in manually constructed folders and subfolders, not nearly to the archival standard of the CA whitepaper, but with some discipline. Even then, I wonder, 2/3 of the way through, why I'm storing a redundant copy of my music, since I'm automatically importing these files into iTunes as I go along. It was only about 1/3 of the way through the collection that I edited metadata in XLD rather than after the fact in iTunes. This correlates to the simplicity of the rock/pop portion of the collection I started with; I wised up a little when tackling the classical. I think the wisdom is that iTunes has an eccentric means of storing and organizing the original files, so it's best to have the second, independent, library. So I have that. But they're both in ALAC, so in hindsight, I might have been tempted to just run with the iTunes library version and suffer those consequences, especially now that my non-iTunes library of newly ripped files is not of pristine consistency. Again, the point is to get the files in and done, minimizing pain and maximizing enjoyment, so I think I've hit nearly the right balance. So, one small regret is not forethinking things enough to wind up with either a quick-and-dirty iTunes library, or a more consistently organized manual library. Part of the problem is that classical recordings vary so much by labeling; you might have a star player performing a dozen composers on one disc, or a 10-disc set of symphony from one composer and one set of players, or a combo of star players playing a few composers, or a compilation of a couple of composers with different ensembles. Real tough to catalogue that consistently, manually, for the casual classical observer. The default metadata isn't acceptable for even the casual cataloger. Another regret is not simply noting the catalog number of the CD. That would have been a quick and dirty way to ensure which label/recording it is, which would likely be lost were I to dispose of the hard copies of the CDs. I find that I need to reference the liner notes to nail down even the basic metadata; what's entered by default does not discretely identify the specific release, although Googling the combo of players and works is usually sufficient to identify it. Surely this will complicate matters as I go back and add cove art where it did not appear in the XLD database, which is most of the time. Probably what exacerbates this is that most of this collection is from early digital days, late 80s early 90s. Unfortunate from a CA enthusiast perspective, but a good problem to have for inheriting a treasure of classical music that would otherwise take a lifetime, literally, to amass. Beyond the myriad mystical XLD settings that appear to have no documentation, one worthwhile mystery is the implication of there not being a version of the CD in the database. I checked the "test before copy/only when the track does not exist in AccurateRip DB" setting, but I'm not clear on the implication of a CD ripped this way. Will it be as free of error as possible in burst mode? It would be nice to screen a CD first to see if it was worth ripping in secure rather than burst mode; I do not have the patience to re-rip the whole thing after the fact, since a meaningful proportion of this collection is not in the database. I was gratified to see the recent thread confirming a rather tenuous value of playing uncompressed vs. lossless/compressed tracks (AIFF vs. ALAC, for instance). So I guess I do have a redundant copy of my collection of questionable merit, beyond the storage and backup scheme I've set up for both (Synology 212j, two discs fully-reduntant [synology's proprietary version of RAID 1], plus USB drive backup, so three drives of both libraries in two enclosures). I'm not even close to filling the storage, even with the redundant RAID allocation. Anyway. Just wanted to share, and welcome any observations and discussion at this rather advanced stage for me, but perhaps instructive for others. I can certainly see the merit in taking either a more or less involved approach to this. There's a small value in cataloging everything as I rip along to establish familiarity, not unlike rearranging the old record collection from time to time. In this particular case, there's an extra dimension of pondering the original owner of the discs. But it's mostly just tedious and slightly anxiety-inducing, that I'm leaving something undone that will compel me to do it all over again, or suffer some regret of something I didn't do that's nagging but not worth re-ripping.
  14. Ripping Audio DVDs on a Mac?

    Please can anyone suggest an application or method which can rip an audio dvd which just contains UNIX executable files ending in .AOB and .VOB. Nothing I have seems willing to look at them. I would have thought I should be able to unpack them to get the important bits out but, so far, no joy. The tracks are 24/192 HDAD two channel. I want to get 24/192 AIFF files. Cheers. Drew
  15. Hi All: As I have a huge job ahead of me (many thousands) I've got a Nimbie autoloader and XLD to do the job. I have a nice sized NAS and have yet to conclude if I can rip directly to it or if there is a major benefit to ripping to an internal disk and then moving the files. That said, I've posted what I have for XLD settings so far and would greatly appreciate advice from those who are more knowledgable and have done this prior: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gc79gydprn1fqf3/pbu13k6mA-/XLD
  16. Hi, I have some questions. I apologize if this has already been addressed and also I'm sorry for all of the info but I want to be thorough. Objective: Rip CD collection in highest quality possible to lossless format (as yet undefined). Factors: ~ I'm on a Mac and from what I've read XLD is the best option for accurate rips. ~ I want to be able to tag my files with Artist, Track name, etc. and want compatibility with iTunes without plugins or workarounds, so FLAC is not an option for me. ~ My music is mostly electronic and hip hop (not sure if this makes a difference when choosing the lossless format or conversion settings). ~ Larger file size is not a concern for me. Quality is. HD space is cheap. ~ Many of my CDs are mixed, i.e. gapless. Purpose: ~ To have the highest quality digital backup possible. Many of my CDs are rare or irreplaceable promos. A few are also older and have begun to degrade. I want to convert everything now in the best quality I can so that I can save my music indefinitely. ~ After the CDs degrade more I need another source as close as possible to the original. Therefore I want to have lossless files that I can listen to or use whenever I need to create a lossy (MP3) version for my iPhone. Questions: ~ When trying to convert some CDs in iTunes, some tracks were not converted at all because the CDs were degraded (no scratches, just old). I am hoping XLD can use error correction to "fix" these issues. Does XLD do this kind of correction? ~ I have heard ALAC may not be a good choice because of a theoretical "jitter" issue which compromises quality. Is this true? ~ Assuming AIFF is the best choice based on the factors above, what would be the best settings? I see a lot of tutorials for FLAC conversion but not for AIFF. When I checked the Wiki page comparing lossless formats I also did not see any AIFF reference there. ~ XLD has an option that says somethign about C2 error pointers (if your dirve supports this). How do I know if my drive supports this? ~ If you rip a gapless CD to multiple lossless tracks and then later convert those lossless files to mp3, can you join the tracks as one file when converting to mp3 so that you can remove the gaps? I've had problems playing gapless albums as multiple tracks in mp3 format on my iphone. Thanks!