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Dave
2005-03-15, 19:27
Hi All,

I’ve just setup my new slimserver box running Mandrake 10.1 with the new Seagate 400Gb Barracuda HDD.

I’m about to re-archive my CD collection and now that I’ve got space to burn I’m considering using a lossless format of some description so as to repoducce the sweetest possible sound.

Only problem is with about 1000 CD’s I want to get it right the first time around ☺

FLAC seems to feature heavily in the SB2 spec list so I’ve been looking into it quite a bit but I'm just after some advice so I get it right the first time.

I suppose one thing to also consider is which encoder to use and does it have CCD or similar titling database support (on that note do lossless formats support tagging??)

Anyways, if anybody has some advice that you think might help me to come to a conclusive decision I'd love to hear from you.

Cheers,
Dave

jan van mourik
2005-03-15, 19:41
Dave,

Good forum:
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showforum=62

BTW. I just EAC (Exact Audio Copy) to rip my cds and compress to flac
in one step.

jan

Michael Peters
2005-03-15, 20:45
On Wed, 16 Mar 2005 12:27:00 +1000, Dave <david (AT) gerke (DOT) com.au> wrote:

>
> I suppose one thing to also consider is which encoder to use and does it have CCD or similar titling database support (on that note do lossless formats support tagging??)
>
> Anyways, if anybody has some advice that you think might help me to come to a conclusive decision I'd love to hear from you.

I use cdparanoia under Linux (use to use EAC in Windows) to rip and
flac to encode.

I don't use CDDB lookup, I tag the files manually because too often, I
disagree with CDDB on how something should be tagged - but there are
several rippers for Linux that use a cdparanoia backend, look up the
CD in CDDB, and will encode to flac for you.

Mandrake probably comes with one, if not more than one.
Flac is imho the right way to go for lossless encoding. Just back it
up! (DVD-R or whatever) as hard drives are known to die from time to
time.

--
http://mpeters.us/

John L Fjellstad
2005-03-15, 21:09
On Wed, Mar 16, 2005 at 12:27:00PM +1000, Dave wrote:

> I suppose one thing to also consider is which encoder to use and does
> it have CCD or similar titling database support (on that note do
> lossless formats support tagging??)

flac support Ogg tagging and cuesheets. I would guess that all the
lossless formats support tagging.

Since I'm using Linux, I'm not sure my encoding program would be
useful to you, but I use grip.

--
John L. Fjellstad
web: http://www.fjellstad.org/ Quis custodiet ipsos custodes

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Daryle A. Tilroe
2005-03-15, 21:33
Dave wrote:

> Only problem is with about 1000 CD’s I want to get it right the first time around ☺

But that's another great thing about lossless (provided of course
your codec is not fubar): you don't have to get it right
the first time. If a better compression scheme or different
standard comes along you just write a quick script and convert
the lot. No loss of quality.

--
Daryle A. Tilroe

Daryle A. Tilroe
2005-03-15, 21:34
Oh and PS I'm all FLAC via EAC.

--
Daryle A. Tilroe

Robin Bowes
2005-03-16, 15:29
Dave wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> I’ve just setup my new slimserver box running Mandrake 10.1 with the
> new Seagate 400Gb Barracuda HDD.
>
> I’m about to re-archive my CD collection and now that I’ve got space
> to burn I’m considering using a lossless format of some description
> so as to repoducce the sweetest possible sound.
>
> Only problem is with about 1000 CD’s I want to get it right the first
> time around ☺
>
> FLAC seems to feature heavily in the SB2 spec list so I’ve been
> looking into it quite a bit but I'm just after some advice so I get
> it right the first time.
>
> I suppose one thing to also consider is which encoder to use and does
> it have CCD or similar titling database support (on that note do
> lossless formats support tagging??)
>
> Anyways, if anybody has some advice that you think might help me to
> come to a conclusive decision I'd love to hear from you.

A quick answer and a word of advice...

Answer: Use flac for encoding. I personally use EAC on Windows to rip my
discs and encode to flac in one step.

Advice: Make sure you safeguard your collection against HDD failure in
one or more ways. For example:

- buy an external 400GB HDD and copy your rips onto that
- buy another internal 400GB HDD and mirror your first disc.
- burn your rips to DVD
- stream your rips to high-capacity tape
- you get the gist?

R.
--
http://robinbowes.com

Phil Karn
2005-03-17, 10:58
Robin Bowes wrote:

> Advice: Make sure you safeguard your collection against HDD failure in
> one or more ways. For example:
>
> - buy an external 400GB HDD and copy your rips onto that
> - buy another internal 400GB HDD and mirror your first disc.
> - burn your rips to DVD
> - stream your rips to high-capacity tape
> - you get the gist?

- Use RAID in addition to external backups. RAID-5 is a good
alternative to RAID-1 that lets you get by with less overhead on larger
disk arrays. RAID-5 is well suited to relatively static data like a
music collection.