I agree with Tom! RIPPING the CD with something like Exact Audio Copy is 
actually safer as you know you've got errors (or not) whereas if you 
stream the audio, you don't know without listening.

My son Robert and I have ripped something over 14,000 tracks and some of 
the rips are full operas/operettas (or at least acts thereof) and one or 
two an un-cut album. We have almost 1300 folders, each representing an 
album although we have a hierarchy so maybe it's 1000+ CDs and the rest 
from other sources (from LP, cassette, HD Tracks, iTunes, etc., but the 
vast majority were CDs and probably at least half from the generous "big 
box" sets including RCA Living Stereo I, Mercury Living Presence 1, 2, 
and 3, Philips Classics, Eminence Classics, A Baroque set, and more. 
Folk music was mostly from CDs including just about complete 
discographies of Joan Baez and Judy Collins and several others. We 
ripped to FLAC and then I have produced in Samplitude a complete set of 
128 kb/s MP3s of the whole thing (doubling the above file counts). With 
judicious editing (like only one Messiah, not three, and one version of 
Tannhauser, not three and only one version of some of the problematic 
folk albums) the whole collection fits on a 64 GB micro SD card in my 

Anyway, it was a LOT of work and not all the metadata is correct, but 
it's close enough and for me to have my 1200 favourite recordings at my 
fingertips, it was worth it to me.



On 12/15/2015 11:42 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
> I don't understand why you want to do this project this way. Just pay
> someone to sit at a computer and rip the CDs into the hard drive using
> either Exact Audio Copy or dBPowerAmp CD Ripper. It will take someone
> about a week to do 200 CDs, maybe less if the discs aren't in bad shape
> and can thus rip at maximum speeds. Set a person up with 2 or 3
> computers and someone with mad skills can get this done in 2-3 days.
> You'd then need to combine the contents of all the rips into one place
> (do not rip across a network unless you want SLOW ripping speeds).
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "James Roth" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] separating tracks using Sound Forge 9 or 11.
> Thank you, Lou!
> Wish me luck in finding it.
> Ben
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> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Lou Judson
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] separating tracks using Sound Forge 9 or 11.
> The now obsolete Peak on Mac does that. I keep a legacy version for that
> reason among others. It isn't hard, so there should be something that
> will do it on Windows!
> <L>
> Lou Judson
> Intuitive Audio
> 415-883-2689
> On Dec 15, 2015, at 6:16 AM, James Roth <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I WAS HOPING there was a command in Sound Forge to separate the tracks
>> automatically if there was 3 or more seconds of silence.
>> Wouldn't that be nice?
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