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    HOWTO: Set up Sound Juicer to rip from CD as VBR mp3s

    Seeing as there's a lot of topics flying around the forum, I'll make a howto based on my own research. This will tell you how to enable mp3 encoding (i.e. enabling you to rip CDs as .mp3 files), and then overcome the cursed CBR 128kbps that is imposed on you.

    If you open Sound Juicer (called Audio CD Extractor in [i]Accessories>Sound & Video{/i]) and select Edit>Preferences the output format box will have a few options, by default none of them MP3. If you hit edit profiles, however, you will see an mp3 option, yet if you select it, you find it cannot be used to encode your mp3s yet (by default).

    To enable mp3 encoding, you need to open a terminal and enter:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
    Now you can select the mp3 option.

    However, all mp3's ripped will be CBR 128kbps.

    To change this, we need to go to Edit>Preferences again, select edit profiles again and edit the MP3 one. In the "GStreamer pipeline" box, replace what is in there with this:

    Code:
    audio/x-raw-int,rate=44100,channels=2 ! lame name=enc mode=0 vbr=4 vbr-quality=0 vbr-min-bitrate=160 vbr-max-bitrate=256 ! xingmux ! id3v2mux
    You can change your max and min bit rates as you wish by changing the number on the end of the "vbr-min-bitrate=160" and "vbr-max-bitrate=256" commands (leave syntax as is), it is currently tailored to my liking.

    Hope this helps people struggling with ripping mp3's,

    - Jake

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    Lightbulb Re: HOWTO: Set up Sound Juicer to rip from CD as VBR mp3s

    Some good resource links:

    http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index....te.29_settings

    http://thebside.ca/?p=280
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    Re: HOWTO: Set up Sound Juicer to rip from CD as VBR mp3s

    Thanks! This solved my problems.

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    Re: HOWTO: Set up Sound Juicer to rip from CD as VBR mp3s

    Thanks, solved my problem as well.
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    Re: HOWTO: Set up Sound Juicer to rip from CD as VBR mp3s

    just for info

    gstreamer lame is now deprecated accordind to this bug :

    https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=494528

    if you want quality mp3 rip use instead
    gstreamer lamemp3enc :

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...er/+bug/195483

    example :
    audio/x-raw-int,rate=44100,channels=2 ! lamemp3enc name=enc quality=0 ! id3v2mux


    http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=LAME
    Last edited by samfuzz; June 28th, 2010 at 06:49 PM.

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