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post #151 of 161 Old 01-27-2016, 12:34 PM
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Have you tried a different optical drive to see if the one you're using has a problem? I installed a second drive, sometimes a disc with rip with errors on one, and fine on the other.
Yes, multiple computers, same thing. The dBpoweramp settings are the same on them. That's why I was wondering if that might be why, that I'm simply missing something here.

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Yes, multiple computers, same thing. The dBpoweramp settings are the same on them. That's why I was wondering if that might be why, that I'm simply missing something here.

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I haven't changed any of the default settings, IIRC, except maybe letting it run longer before timing out, and changing a DSP or two. So, if you are also using the defaults, I doubt that is your problem. Have you sought advice in the dBpoweramp forums or from Spoon (the dBpoweramp man)?
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EAC and dbpoweramp are both solid software that obviously a lot of people here use. A lesser known but completely viable and free option that I personally use is CUERipper. It has a pretty basic interface but all of the necessary features to get a flawless rip in whatever codec you want are there. I've used EAC and I prefer the CUERipper software because it's simple and it just works. Dang man, 800 CDs, I've ripped a lot of CDs but not that many. Have fun.
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EAC and dbpoweramp are both solid software that obviously a lot of people here use. A lesser known but completely viable and free option that I personally use is CUERipper. It has a pretty basic interface but all of the necessary features to get a flawless rip in whatever codec you want are there. I've used EAC and I prefer the CUERipper software because it's simple and it just works. Dang man, 800 CDs, I've ripped a lot of CDs but not that many. Have fun.
A friend also recently recommended CDex to me, but I have read that the download for it now installs malware, or at least bloatware, depending on how you define these things.

What I would like to know is if there is some ripper (like CUERipper?) or other software tool that can take an inaccurate rip -- lets say one that causes an audible drop out -- read the file, and fill in or otherwise repair the damaged/missing data?
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I think most dbPowerAmp users rip to FLAC because it is a non-proprietary format, and creates files that we all assume will be good "forever," or at least easily converted into some other needed file type.....
By the way, no matter how you choose to do it, I want to strongly urge you to back up your FLAC (or ALAC or whatever) files regularly. After you've spent hours ripping this stuff, you don't want to lose it.
I will point out that ALAC is now also open source (since 2014, I believe). Virtually every digital server/renderer I am aware will play ALAC. Only iTunes will not work with FLAC (no printable comment). So, if you are a heavy iOS user then ALAC has an advantage. Otherwise the two formats are equivalent.

-second the reminder to back up.
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I downloaded CDex a few weeks ago and then spent the next few hours swearing at the computer while fighting to remove the several other programs that accompanied it.
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I don't know if it's been mentioned yet, but MediaMonkey is my choice for ripping CDs to lossless (FLAC) and for media management. It even has "Secure Read" and "Jitter Correct Read" for discs with issues and can check to ensure the disc got ripped properly. Worth the $25 for Gold, IMO, and there's no chance of malware. That's what I use anyways. I know EAC is popular as well. I tried that and the interface was not user friendly at all, IMO, and made things much more difficult than it had to be. Plus, it's just one more program I have to worry about. iTunes works great if you're willing to use their formats. Their error-correction is excellent on a lot of bad condition CDs. Anyways, that's my $0.02.

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I don't know if it's been mentioned yet, but MediaMonkey is my choice for ripping CDs to lossless (FLAC) and for media management. It even has "Secure Read" and "Jitter Correct Read" for discs with issues and can check to ensure the disc got ripped properly. Worth the $25 for Gold, IMO, and there's no chance of malware. That's what I use anyways. I know EAC is popular as well. I tried that and the interface was not user friendly at all, IMO, and made things much more difficult than it had to be. Plus, it's just one more program I have to worry about. iTunes works great if you're willing to use their formats. Their error-correction is excellent on a lot of bad condition CDs. Anyways, that's my $0.02.
Only a month or so ago I read that for those using iTunes to manage their libraries, Apple had gone into their databases and done them the "favor" of "correcting" all their tags. For example, if you have a tribute CD like Bob Dylan's birthday celebration and you've changed the album artist from "various artists" to Bob Dylan, it got changed back to various. Or maybe an album tagged as Christmas got changed to holiday.

If this is true, I would have had a meltdown. iTunes would not be my choice for ripping/managing.
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EAC and dbpoweramp are both solid software that obviously a lot of people here use. A lesser known but completely viable and free option that I personally use is CUERipper. It has a pretty basic interface but all of the necessary features to get a flawless rip in whatever codec you want are there. I've used EAC and I prefer the CUERipper software because it's simple and it just works. Dang man, 800 CDs, I've ripped a lot of CDs but not that many. Have fun.
A lot of CDs! That's why I chipped in with some friends and bought a Nimbie which we share. Makes bulk ripping possible and runs with dBPowerAmp.

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Only a month or so ago I read that for those using iTunes to manage their libraries, Apple had gone into their databases and done them the "favor" of "correcting" all their tags. For example, if you have a tribute CD like Bob Dylan's birthday celebration and you've changed the album artist from "various artists" to Bob Dylan, it got changed back to various. Or maybe an album tagged as Christmas got changed to holiday.

If this is true, I would have had a meltdown. iTunes would not be my choice for ripping/managing.
I use iTunes for managing my lossy library for my iPod. None of my files have been messed with as far as I can tell. I looked at some stuff from the iTunes store and my genre tags are still there. That doesn't mean that the changing doesn't happen though, but it certainly hasn't happened to me (that I've found at the moment). That would definitely be irritating if that's true (I don't care so much about my lossy library but if it were my main library...).

As far as ripping goes, if I'm ripping with iTunes the files go to a separate folder for my Lossless library instead of staying in the folder with the rest of my iTunes library (that keeps library management easier). They couldn't touch those even if they wanted to.

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I got into the habit of using my custom foobar2000 configuration for everything.

With Windows 10 supporting FLAC natively, I made a point to set all completed music files as read-only and keep them out of the OS’s default music folder. I'm extra skeptical of Microsoft’s handling of these things.
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