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OldBlueDragon
03-09-2008, 01:33 PM
I recently purchased the reference version of dBpoweramp and I am so happy to have found this encoder!

I've been dissatisfied with the iTunes encoder for a very long time and have been dragging my feet for several years over the prospect of doing an archival encode of my entire collection (2K+ CDs and 1200+ vinyl LPs)

Now, having found dBpoweramp, it's full speed ahead!

I have yet to dig into most of the available features but everything I have found (and tried) so far just blows me away!

My favorite feature (to date) has got to be the 'multi-encode' function. The ability to simultaneously encode [say] a lossless archival version (for me) -and- a lossy version (for my girlfriend) in the same pass just knocks me out!

I have a couple quick points and then I'll leave you (and get back to ripping!). Is there a reason the system only updates AccurateRip data monthly? I ask because I am encountering quite a few CDs that are not in the database and I am eager to 'give back' a little something by adding my experience.

Also, I don't understand how one or more tracks within an album will show as not in AccurateRip while the majority of the same album is in the DB. Does that mean that some folks are ripping portions of albums instead of the entire albums? And that NO ONE (so far) liked those songs enough to rip them?!?

Regarding encodes that fail to match the result in AccurateRip, I'm not seeing a lot of this but when I do encounter a song that doesn't match, even multiple attempts at re-ripping have been unsatisfactory at achieving a matching result. I have been unable (thus far) to get a single track to match if it didn't match in the first rip.

And finally, is there an operator's manual available? A downloadable version in PDF would be fine... I am just looking for some way I can have a hard copy of all the features available so I can reference it while I work.

Thanks for your time and thanks again for the wonderful tool set! Looking forward, I hope to become a knowledgeable participant in these discussions.

xoas
03-09-2008, 01:51 PM
Welcome. I can't answer most of your questions, I will address one:

And finally, is there an operator's manual available?
What you will find helpful (and the only thing close to a manual that's available) are the on-line help files. From any particular window you can click on the ? icon to access information and instructions for that section of the program. I think you will find this worth your review.

Best wishes,
Bill

EliC
03-09-2008, 02:28 PM
Is there a reason the system only updates AccurateRip data monthly?

It actually take a lot of time to build the database. I think said something like 2 days of computer crunching.


Also, I don't understand how one or more tracks within an album will show as not in AccurateRip while the majority of the same album is in the DB. Does that mean that some folks are ripping portions of albums instead of the entire albums?

Yes, that is very possible.


Regarding encodes that fail to match the result in AccurateRip, I'm not seeing a lot of this but when I do encounter a song that doesn't match, even multiple attempts at re-ripping have been unsatisfactory at achieving a matching result. I have been unable (thus far) to get a single track to match if it didn't match in the first rip.

Are you ripping in Secure Mode? What type of drive are you using?