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    ripping cds questions

    so i was gonna rip a cd unto my hdd and when i used windows and had itunes or something like that i would rip it in mp3 format and usually at 320 kbs. i want the best quality and i don't care how much hard drive space it takes up. well i went to rip a cd using Audio CD Extractor or Rythmbox Music Player and set it to cd quality mp3 or whatever the option was and ripped it and it ripped it at only 128 kbs. so i went back and clicked on edit and selected that profile and hit edit again. i didn't see anywhere where i could have it rip at a higher bit rate. honestly i didn't see a whole lot in that window that i really understand so i'm just looking for some help. i want to rip my cds at the BEST quality regardless of how much hard drive space it take. looking forward to learning thnx in advance

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    Re: ripping cds questions

    Have you tried grip?
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    Re: ripping cds questions

    Quote Originally Posted by steve joe bob View Post
    usually at 320 kbs. i want the best quality and i don't care how much hard drive space it takes up... i want to rip my cds at the BEST quality regardless of how much hard drive space it take. looking forward to learning thnx in advance
    320 is not the 'best'...you should seriously consider ripping lossless (flac) if you want to get fanatical. For only a bit more room you will get a bit-for-bit identical copy. But I would also encourage you to consider the fact that you achieve transparency around ~200 kbps at most no matter what encoder you're using. From that point of view 320 (especially if it's CBR) is totally pointless

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CDRipping

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    Re: ripping cds questions

    Welcome to the joys of the GNOME DE. You might want to open up a terminal and type in:

    Code:
    gconf-editor
    This will open up the configuration tool for GNOME apps (so you can tinker with the bits that are hidden away).

    I believe that if you open up 'system' then 'gstreamer' and continue opening until you get to 'profiles' --> 'mp3' you will find the configuration bits you want.

    Could be wrong tho'. I'm still trying to figure out gconf-editor myself.

    Also, when you see options in the Apps you're using, often they aren't spelled out like '320' or '256' etc. Often it will be a scale of 0-9 (with 9 being the highest quality usually).
    Last edited by pedrogent; August 8th, 2008 at 03:47 AM. Reason: a bit more info
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    Re: ripping cds questions

    while i don't use grip it seems it should work well. If you want to stick with mp3's any of the lame parameters should in accepted in the command line box.
    see
    lame --longhelp
    or
    lame --preset help
    I would just use something like -V <quality> where quality is a number from 0-9 (best to worst)
    The difference between 0-3 may depend on your equipment, ears, and or imagination.
    By default grip saves to a dir. named ogg in home, that can be changed. If your creating a m3u then change in options also.

    Screens show mp3 encoding, variable bitrate, quality 0, saved to mp3 dir. in home

    edit: the ogg save folder is ogg only in name (doesn't mean only for ogg encodes, if your not careful making the edits to change save dir. you may have issues, safest to just leave at default

    you can ignore the encoding bitrate setting in options
    If you make config changes close and reopen grip

    If space and external compatibility aren't an issue then as mentioned try flac. Same song - 38.7mb w/ flac, 10.1mb w/ lame @ -V 0
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