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    Need advice before ripping collection to FLAC

    Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum and apologize if these questions have been asked before but I want to get things right before embarking on ripping my collection of approximately 1000 CDs. It seems like a worthy project to start during these difficult times but I want to avoid making mistakes.

    I plan to use the default settings for ripping to FLAC but would appreciate any advice on whether it's necessary to use "secure rip" for all CDs or just the ones that have scratches. I've read that "burst mode" is much faster and less damaging to one's writer and most of my CDs (90%) are in near mint/mint condition. I realize that some might have factory defects which are invisible to the naked eye, so any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. :-) I also have a generic DVD writer, not a name brand CD writer--will this have a negative impact on the ripping quality?

    I'd also appreciate any thoughts on the naming order of the artist/album or are the default settings the best option? I assume most of my CDs will be in one of the databases but I want to get this right to avoid problems down the road. Also, should the album cover art be kept in the same folder as the album ripped or is there some reason to keep them in separate folders? To me, it seems best to have just one folder (don't know if this is the default setting). Moreover, should each song display the cover art or is it best to just have cover art for the entire album? I don't know if this would use up a lot of space or slow the ripping process down.

    Lastly, I would like to preserve the original file/sound as much as possible and don't want to add any effects to "enhance" the sound but am not clear about "audio regain." Is that needed/recommended when ripping a collection or does this change the original file?

    I really want to get things right the first time as I've tried ripping with other programs in the past but inevitably gave up due to some nasty surprises such as noise, hiss and inaccurate rips but that was quite awhile ago. ;-)

    I think this covers almost everything. I would be grateful for any suggestions that you might have before starting this project. Thank you for any advice you might have on this topic or other matters that I need to consider before ripping my collection.

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    Re: Need advice before ripping collection to FLAC

    1. I'd set to ultrasecure for ripping and leave it that way. The beauty is that if the CD is in the AccurateRip database, dbpa will do a burst rip, see that it matches the AR database entry, and finish. So just as quick as Burst. But if you don't get an AR match, it will automatically move on to the secure rip settings, which you would want it to do.

    2. I use this for my naming setting. Handles compilations, single artist, album artist vs artist, multi-disk or single disk, etc. all automatically. On bottom left of ripper screen there is a "naming" row. Click on SET on the right, then paste this in. This is windows. If you are using a Mac version, the backslashes should be forward slashes.

    [MAXLENGTH]240,[IFCOMP]Compilations\[album][IFMULTI]\Disc [disc][]\[track] - [title] - [artist][][IF!COMP][IFVALUE]album artist,[album artist],[artist][]\[album][IFMULTI]\Disc [disc][]\[track] - [title][][]

    3. The only DSP I use in ripping is REPLAYGAIN. I use the default values for TRACK & ALBUM. This is just a couple of tags, it does NOT modify the audio. It just provides information for music servers/players that are replaygain aware the info they need to adjust the volume on the fly. Google "replaygain" for more info.

    4. I use the FLAC at "5" compression (the default). All FLAC is lossless, so this just has to do with file size. I'd recommend 5 or 8.

    5. Don't make the usual newbie mistake (many of us have!) of doing tons of ripping, and then realizing later on that you don't like the tag choices you made (which tags to include, e.g., style or not, how many genres to use, whether to embed album art, or have it included only once in the album folder as "folder.jpg" or "cover.jpg" (I do the latter with cover.jpg). Lots of things. My advise, rip a few CDs and see what you think about how your server/player handles/shows things. Rip a compilation (various artist) CD, rip a few multidisk CDs, etc. Just to get a flavor for tagging, naming, etc. Then if you don't like what you are seeing, you can make changes to naming string, tags used, etc. People here are always happy to help you modify the naming string, answer questions about tagging, etc. LOTS OF THINGS ABOUT THIS SOFTWARE YOU LEARN BY USING!

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    Re: Need advice before ripping collection to FLAC

    @garym Thank you so much for your advice and clarifying some things such as the ultra secure setting. I really appreciate your suggestions on points 2 and 5. Yes, it makes a lot of sense to try a range of different discs and compilations by various artists and see how they look and how the media player handles them before ripping my entire collection. I assume they could be edited at a later point but it's better to get it right the first time and save myself a lot of trouble down the road. I agree that there's a lot to learn and hopefully I can avoid some of the more serious pitfalls if I do my homework first before ripping a huge number of CDs. ;-)

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    Re: Need advice before ripping collection to FLAC

    @garym: Thank you so much for your suggestions. I really appreciate you taking the time to explain how ultra secure rip works. Your advice on points 2 and 5 are are great suggestions. I will experiment with different CDs and various compilations to make sure I like the format and see how my media player handles the tags before ripping my entire collection. It really makes a lot of sense to do things right from from the onset, rather than to rip a bunch of CDs and waste time later on with editing tags later and cover art.

    I apologize if this message appears twice. I sent a reply earlier and received a message that it needed to be reviewed first by the moderator but that was sometime ago; I'm afraid the first reply got lost or was rejected for some reason...

    Thanks again for your help!

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    Re: Need advice before ripping collection to FLAC

    Quote Originally Posted by groovester View Post
    @garym: Thank you so much for your suggestions. I really appreciate you taking the time to explain how ultra secure rip works. Your advice on points 2 and 5 are are great suggestions. I will experiment with different CDs and various compilations to make sure I like the format and see how my media player handles the tags before ripping my entire collection. It really makes a lot of sense to do things right from from the onset, rather than to rip a bunch of CDs and waste time later on with editing tags later and cover art.

    I apologize if this message appears twice. I sent a reply earlier and received a message that it needed to be reviewed first by the moderator but that was sometime ago; I'm afraid the first reply got lost or was rejected for some reason...

    Thanks again for your help!

    happy to help. Experiment a bit with some ripping and then post any questions that come up....

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