convert cd to mp3 software

Tim L

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I'm pretty new to this- and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good software that would allow me to convert my cds to mp3 format in a simple uncompliated way, thanks

Tim
 

Patrick Cate

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I use EAC with the LAME mp3 encoder as a plugin. If you want the absolute best quality, they are the only way to go. EAC can be a bit slow though with its error correct, but I think it is worth it for the quality. Check out: http://www.ping.be/satcp/ for some tutorials on setting up EAC and LAME.
 

Vince Maskeeper

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CDEX is great- simple front end interface, powerful configurations in the backend. Comlpete package, and free. Doesn't get much better than that!

-V
 

Kimmo Jaskari

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EAC is most likely a more capable ripper if you use the error correction features right, and the latest version with the installer is much much easier to install than it used to be.
Why settle for second best when you can have the greatest for free?

http://www.exactaudiocopy.de
 

Jeff Blair

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Well, chalk one more vote up to CDex. You put in a e-mail address in the config for CDDB and that's it. Hit the CDDB button on the main screen, then the MP3 button. Sit back, and relax.
 

Tim L

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thanks for all the responses, I will check them out, but I noticed I may have had the answer right under my nose with roxio easy cd creator- it seems it also creates mp3 files from cds- I haven't tried it yet I will check all your suggestions first, thanks

Tim
 

Camp

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Yea, but if you want high quality MP3's EasyCD Creator is not the way to go. It does it and it's easy to use but it makes poor to average sounding files.
 

Kimmo Jaskari

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Seriously... don't go with the Roxio solution.
It may take you 10 minutes worth of reading up on things to start making near-perfect MP3's, and you'll be glad later on you did when you don't have to re-rip your CD's because you're unhappy with the way the MP3's sound.
Go to http://www.r3mix.net and do a little reading, would be my heartfelt advice.
 

Ken Woodrow

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Another vote for EAC. But make sure to read a little before you started ripping a big collection. For example, if you intend to use a MP3 tagging and organization program, or a player like Musicmatch Jukebox which has excellent tagging and database functionality built-in, you will want to pay attention to the way you set EAC to create file names and ID tags. Also, you should set EAC to create .m3u playlists for each of your albums as you rip them. Finally, before you start, you'll want to think about how you want to organize your files into directories.

Re-ripping CDs b/c you did them wrong the first time is a real PITA.

Btw, I have over 100 CDs ripped to .wav files, and play them back on the HT system through a networked HTPC. I would never go back to a CD player.
 

Marshall Alsup

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I like CDex but lately I've been having some problems. When I ripped one of my cds the mp3's have little popping sounds in them and I'm not sure why.

I'm going to try EAC and see if that works better

-Marshall
 

Kimmo Jaskari

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Hardly "jitter" errors... let's not confuse our terms here. Drop outs or downright errors in the data, more likely.
Jitter is a problem in timing of digital signals and the latest bugaboo among the audiophiles driving them to buy mega-expensive digital cables.

Those pops due to read errors from the disc are, btw, exactly what EAC eliminates and makes it better than CDex, IMHO.
 

Marshall Alsup

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Hey guys, I know this thread is kinda old but I just wanted to let you know that I tried out EAC and it completly eliminated the "snaps" and "pops" that CDex was giving me. Thanks for your advice!

-Marshall
 

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