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  1. I'm converting a DSD 64 album download. I'm using XLD and even though I've set the gain adjustment to 6dB, the resultant files are much lower in volume than the originals. I'm using Roon to play back the tracks. Even in Roon the dynamic range graph for the converted tracks is much smaller. When I analyze the converted tracks using Xivero's MusicScope program the loudness measures 6dB less than the original tracks. Is there an XLD plugin I'm missing? Is there a setting I should be using? Whether the conversion is a 8:1 decimation or a converted to a 88 or 176 sample rate (at 24 bits) it doesn't make a difference. Any suggestions?
  2. It's a royal pain to rip and decode/uncompress/convert DTS-HD on a Mac, especially with BD+ discs. Right now, my solution is: 1. MakeMKV to backup the disc. 2. MakeMKV to make an MKV of the desired program from the backup, converting DTS-HD to FLAC. 3. MKVtools to extract the FLAC stream from the MKV file. 4. DVD Audio Extractor to extract a FLAC file plus cue from the desired program using the backup. 5. Replace DVDAE FLAC file with MKVtools FLAC file, renaming if necessary. For what it's worth, the stable version of Cog—0.07 (r635), the only computer software I use for playing FLAC (shoot me)—does not like to play the substitute FLAC file using the cue sheet. It will play linearly from the top of the first track to the end of the list just fine, but will crash if attempting to skip within the track or to select another track in the list. So, this adds another layer of complexity: 6. XLD to convert the FLAC/cue into some other format. XLD reads the FLAC/cue just fine and works as expected. Even "converting" to a single file plus cue with no other changes produces a cue sheet that Cog can read more correctly (though not perfectly). This whole process is four steps longer and two pieces of software deeper than it needs to be, or really should be. To all outward appearances, MakeMKV is now using libdcadec to decode DTS-HD streams. Even before that, it would use dtsdecoder.dll to do it. So, both of these methods are currently available and have been for a while, now. If Computer Application Studio (the developer of DVD Audio Extractor) were to include libdcadec and/or the ability to reference dtsdecoder.dll in DVDAE, the process would be much simpler: 1. MakeMKV to backup the disc. 2. DVD Audio Extractor to extract the desired DTS-HD audio from the backup and convert to desired format. So, let's put pressure on CAS to add support for decoding DTS-HD. If GuinpinSoft can include it in MakeMKV, surely CAS can in DVD Audio Extractor.
  3. Hello all - recently traded my Marantz SA8004 for an HD Dac1 and decided that I wouldn't buy a new CD player in that I have all of 2 SACD's and can rip the rest of my CD's to my hard drive to play through Audirvana. I've just started doing that using XLD and while it's outputting what appear to be flawless folders - all tracks present and in the proper order - when I import them into Audirvana they are missing tracks or are mislabeled in a strange way. For instance, ripped the XRCD of Quiet Kenny the other day. All tracks were perfect in the folder but when imported the first track was missing. With Jaki Byard's Here's Jaki, the tracks were divided into a Disc zero and a Disc 1, once again with the first track missing entirely. Anyone had this experience or have any ideas for me? Thanks. I'm using XLD on a 2012 Mac Mini running El Capitan, ripping with the Mac external drive.
  4. I've been happily using XLD for a couple of years. Starting a few days ago, it gives the message "error has occurred in the encoder" for every track I try, whether from a CD, or a file of another format. Luckily I'd just finished virtually all of my CDs...but not quite all. I'm usually resourceful enough with the google for problem-solving, but I don't see anything out there that's useful, or any kind of xld users forum. Anyone else having problems?
  5. i have engaged in a rip journey to transform the cd piles in wav files on a synology media server DSP214play now, the whole ripping and tagging process it is not exactly a breeze, it looks more more like a trial & error process or a steeplechase race... whilst consulting the fifth edition (2015) of robert harley's audio guide i read with amazement on p 220 'the downside of wav is that they have no provision for embedded metadata ... you could create a large music library as wav files on an nas drive ... only to discover that the metadata disappears when your drive is connected to another server... you can move your wav files to another server but the metadata will be unreadable by the new server...' is this true? am presently set on XLD (for ripping) and kid3 (for further tag editing) both on macbook also downloaded wav audio files from qobuz - including what appears to me as embedded metadata (??) is there somebody who can comment and expand on the statements of robert harley and explain what are in practical terms the limitations, constraints and risks of tagging wav files?
  6. Hi audiophiles! I've some concerns about decompressed and lossless conversions using XLD, MAX and some other software. So for example I have some hi-res FLAC audio files. If I convert them to AIFF, they will add in size as expected. But if after I will compress these new AIFF files back to FLAC the new output files will be significantly smaller than original ones. And if you'll continue this routine the decrease in size of original files also will occur. Depend on software you're using (I've tried XLD and MAX as a mac user, but I know that some win software exhibits same properties) the exact decrease in size will differ, but will occur anyway. So my question is how that happens and in this case don't these conversions really affect quality?
  7. I've got several HD albums, of varying lossless quality. I'm using an iMac (2013, i7) with Audirvana Plus and an external DAC. My iPods are the iPod Classic, 4th Gen iPod Touch, 6th Gen iPod nano, iPad Air, and iPhone 5S. I've converted all my higher quality Apple Lossless files to 24/48 and 24/44.1 Apple Lossless (depending upon the original sample rate) using XLD. Questions: 1. Will all the iPods play those bit rates @ 24bit depth? 2. Am I correct in assuming that the highest quality files that will play on iPods is 24/44.1 & 24/48? The 4th Gen Touch will probably be used in my car as the main source for my 2009 Infiniti G37x, which requires an old-school 30-pin adapter. The other iPods have no radios of any kind (bluetooth, wifi) or a camera, so I can use them at work (govt contractor). I will likely eventually get an HD player of some sort to use at work, but I like the convenience of the iPod connected to my car stereo. Can I assume that most of them do NOT have any radios or camera inside them? (fiio X5 and Pono) Eventually, I will attempt to rip my records to 24/96 or higher, if I can figure out the best way to do it. I have a VPI Traveller with a Dynavector 10-X5 cartridge. What is the best sub-$1000 way to get my records to digital, given the setup I already have? Am I better off just buying a lesser-quality USB turntable? I'm having a hard time finding an ADC made for this purpose. Thanks! I hope this isn't too much for one post.
  8. 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.
  9. Does anyone have any ideas on whether XLD can be used with other databases than freeDB or musicbrainz? And if so, how to do it? I have over 3000 classical CD's to rip and the lack of proper and consistent metadata for classical music is a challenge.. The Kaleidescape system really seems to be doing a pretty good job and uses the All Music Guide, but I have no idea if it is possible to integrate AMG-based data with XLD for ripping. I have searched high and low on the forums for answers but could not find any. If I missed something please let me know. Thanks!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Hi Based on what I have found on this site, I have adjusted the settings of the software I am running on my Macbook Pro 13' model summer 2012. I am planning on using XLD to rip CD's and playback via Bit Perfect / iTunes. For now, all music will be stored on the local hard drive of my Macbook. I am using an optical toslink/SPDIF connection between my MacBook and my BelCanto DAC (C5i). I am looking for feedback on the settings I made in XLD and what settings I should change in iTunes, although I guess that the iTunes settings do not really matter anymore since I am using Bit Perfect. For Bit Perfect, I simply followed the recommended settings highlighted in the manual. You can find the manual on :BitPerfect: Manual You can find screenshots of my XLD settings below. As per the RIP strategy published on this site, I am ripping to FLAC for archiving and AIIF for playback. I am looking forward to your feedback and suggestions. Once I have your feedback, I will start ripping my CD's TrappistMonk
  13. hi, I have a huge collection of cds and complete albums on flac 1. Im a mac user and I really like itunes for play and organice my music... 2. I want rip all my cds 3. I want play my flacs on itunes, but itunes dont play flac so... I thinking convert all to AIFF, I mean rip all my cds on AIFF and convert all the FLACs on AIFF why AIFF? well I think is the whole full thing... uncompress and maybe more standard format than ALAC, and AIFF keep tags. but so... my questions: 1. is a really good idea convert all to AIFF? I read around that apple plan a new format or something like that... maybe Im confused with the news... I need wait for apple new format for convert all? Apple developing new audio file format to offer 'adaptive streaming' | Technology | guardian.co.uk 2. is a waste of space convert all my flacs to aiff? hd's every day are more bigger for the same price... $150 por 3TB so maybe who cares about the space... 3. XLD app for me is the best for rip cds but is good for covert my flac to aiff?? 4. some people hear differences between alac and aiff (that maybe depends of every equipment) but so... aiff is better? I mean when people hear difrecenes always hear aiff better? PLEASE! any help! I want rip my cds and converts all my flacs, one time!!! I dont want in 5 years or something do again the same process. also by the way, I plan play all my files with a DAC and the BW 685 speakers!!! thats my goal thank you!
  14. 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
  15. 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!