I'll put in a good word for the dBPoweramp suite.
I'm sure that Allison already knows that the CDs are already digital and
don't need to be digitized, but for any newcomers browsing the list who
might ask, "What?" I just thought I'd mention this.
CDs are their own file system, in essence a table of contents space and
streaming media, but they are not traditional files-per-track as you
would arrange them in a computer. The audio is linear PCM at a sampling
frequency of 44.1 kHz, 16 bits. It also has an error correction code
which is removed when converting the files to file-system type files.
So, the data is not re-digitized, but rather reformatted, typically into
one file per track for easy, CD-like access. "Ripping" is the proper
word to use here (as was used in the discussion).
The option of one file per disc has its benefits for archiving, but now
that Allison has told us her need, it seems to me that one file per
track is more appropriate, with each disc (or disc set) usually kept in
its own folder, although her library manager may impose a different
Finally, if any of the CDs have "CD Extra" content, that should be
separately captured and stored in a folder as well within the master
folder for that disc or disc set.
On 2018-10-11 2:49 PM, super schein wrote:
> Great questions, Gary! I should have been more clear. We would like to rip
> them to a hard drive and then have them imported to Music Master for use on
> air. We have about 500 cd's that we are starting with.
> We are an Audition house, and will ask the Chief Engineer if there is a
> similar feature and will make sure that they don't rip them higher than 8 x.
> Lou - noted and will pass along!
> On Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 1:27 PM Gary A. Galo <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hi Allison,
>> What are you trying to do? Are you trying to rip CDs to a hard drive, so
>> that each track is stored as a separate file? dBpoweramp will do the trick,
>> but it's not intended to be used with an external rip station. It works
>> with a CD or DVD drive in your computer (most likely, a DVD drive). You
>> specify the drive and folder where the ripped tracks will be stored.
>> Regardless of what software you use, I don't recommend ripping at speeds
>> higher than 8X for best accuracy. Never, under any circumstances, allow
>> your computer or software to rip at whatever "maximum" setting is allowed.
>> The chances of errors increase.
>> When I need to rip a CD, I actually use the "Extract Audio from CD"
>> function in my editor, which is Sound Forge 12 Pro. With Sound Forge, I can
>> extract an entire CD to a single file, with markers automatically inserted
>> for each track.
>> I hope this helps.
>> Gary Galo
>> Audio Engineer Emeritus
>> The Crane School of Music
>> SUNY at Potsdam, NY 13676
>> "Great art presupposes the alert mind of the educated listener."
>> Arnold Schoenberg
>> "A true artist doesn't want to be admired, he wants to be believed."
>> Igor Markevitch
>> "If you design an audio system based on the premise that nothing is
>> on that system nothing will be audible."
>> G. Galo
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>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Digitization of CD's
>> Hello List!
>> WFMT is embarking on a large CD ripping endeavor and I am wondering if we
>> are headed down the right path. We are looking to purchase a Ripstation,
>> does anyone have experience using this machine? I know that dBpoweramp is
>> popular on the list, would you recommend using it, in connection with a rip
>> Are there any pitfalls you have experienced that we could avoid?
>> I tried searching the archives and got varied luck using different keyword
>> searches which is why I may be asking a question that may have already been
>> Thank you for your expertise!
>> It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life
>> interesting. -Paulo Coelho
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