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    Beginner: some questions

    First of all: I'm coming over from EAC, tried dbpoweramp just for fun (honestly I didn't expect much) - and now I'm quite impressed. Downloaded the trial of R12.3 Reference to test it. But before buying, I have some questions which couldn't be answered using the search function.

    First these which should be answered easily:
    - spin-up/spin-down time: What are recommended values here? The purpose is only to let the drive rest a while between ripping tracks, isn't it?
    - communication: SCSI pass through, windows internal, ASPI or ASPI [Nero]? Shouldn't use windows internal, that was the same with EAC, but what's the difference between SPT and ASPI, which one is "better"?

    OK, and now the final question: In my CD collection I have many rare CDs (limited edition, etc.). Well, not really rare, but these couldn't be found in the AR database. And if the rip can't be compared against AR, then I can't be 100% sure if the rip is really accurate (even with 5 ultra secure passes), right? So, I have 2 PCs with 4 CD drives. What about ripping a CD let's say 3 times with different drives, waiting til these rips can be found in AR and then rip it finally with AR support? It's always the same CD then, but different hardware is used any time. Could I possibly "spoil" the AR database with this?
    And btw: how long it will take that my rip result will be part of the AR database?
    And another question: When I buy R12.3 Reference, can I use it on my 2 PCs, or is it strictly 1 PC per license?

    Thanks in advace for answering these many questions!

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    Re: Beginner: some questions

    Spin up/down are really only used when ripping is starting or finishing, between tracks it is at full speed.

    SCSI pass through is best.

    >then I can't be 100% sure if the rip is really accurate (even with 5 ultra secure passes), right?

    Correct.

    You would not spoil AccurateRip with your plan, the database can take around 2 months before it is updated. Your best bet is to rip on one drive and then the 2nd drive on the same pc (two different drives) and compare the CRC (in CD Ripper add the CRC column if not already shown).

    >When I buy R12.3 Reference, can I use it on my 2 PCs,

    Yes you can, as long as it is not used on 2 pcs at the same time.

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    Re: Beginner: some questions

    First of all, thanks for the quick answer.

    But sorry for asking again. Need to know it exactly. :D So...

    Quote Originally Posted by Spoon
    SCSI pass through is best.
    Why this is "better" than ASPI? Is there any good reason?


    Quote Originally Posted by Spoon
    You would not spoil AccurateRip with your plan, the database can take around 2 months before it is updated.
    How come? Do you have any flow charts showing what happens when someone produces some input for AR? Why this could take so long?

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    Re: Beginner: some questions

    ASPI uses SPT, so is an extra layer which can go wrong.

    It takes 2 days of computer processing to generate the AR database, it is not a miss mash of peoples posted results.

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    Re: Beginner: some questions

    Is there still a possibility to access the AR database directly? The perl script mentioned here leads to a dead link.
    It is implemented as a webservice? If so, a WSDL file would also be sufficient.

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    Re: Beginner: some questions

    Link fixed.
    Last edited by Spoon; 12-21-2007 at 07:16 AM.

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