OK, I've been distracted, but am now back at it. Thanks for all your helpful suggestions. I have chosen to use Foobar for both the CD to FLAC process, and to convert from FLAC to MP3. I have run into a few issues that I hope you Foobar experts can help me address.
1. When I do the CD to FLAC conversion, every track Duration is 3:22:54 ???? The funny thing is, when I then convert to mp3, the durations are all correct? It doesn't seem to matter on playback, but I do get an error when I try to 'fast forward' within a track. Relatively minor issue but I would like to understand why and if it's correctable.
2. In foobar, I set up two separate Libraries (two completely separate folders), one for the FLAC files and another one for the mp3 files. Unfortunately, once I tell foobar to recognize the second lib, the original and the mp3 duplicate both show up in the queue (FLAC, mp3, FLAC, mp3 ...) when I send/add a CD to the queue for playback? I would like to be able to work with just the FLAC files or just the mp3 files at any one time. Is there a way to accomplish this?
3. When looking at the properties of the original FLAC file (within Foobar at the CD header in the lib queue), it shows FLAC/lossless. Once I run the conversion to mp3, the original FLAC file changes? It shows FLAC (98.5%) lossless, (1.5%) lossy??????? (the numbers change by a few percent, but the change to the original FLAC file is consistent after the mp3 conversion is run. Can someone tell me why I now have lossy in my lossless???
Thanks a lot for your assistance on this ... I've looked around online to try to find the answers to these questions, but have been unsuccessful. Any help you all can offer would be greatly appreciated!