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Philip Bouscarle
2004-02-11, 07:12
>Also did you need a plug-in to get EAC to encode to FLAC? Or is it similar
to the LAME encoder which (as John said and I found out) can be set up
easily from within EAC.

Have a look at this - posted by Tom a while back:
http://www.saunalahti.fi/cse/EAC/index.html
<http://www.saunalahti.fi/cse/EAC/index.html>


-----Original Message-----
From: David Cullen [mailto:slimp3 (AT) another-perspective (DOT) net]
Sent: 11 February 2004 13:50
To: Slim Devices Discussion
Subject: [slim] Newbie questions



Very interesting Tom. Couple of questions.

Did you convert straight from the EAC wav files to mp3 or did you convert
the FLAC files?

Also did you need a plug-in to get EAC to encode to FLAC? Or is it similar
to the LAME encoder which (as John said and I found out) can be set up
easily from within EAC.

Just done a trial album via EAC/LAME at 320kbps mp3. Interestingly the sound
and file size is pretty comprable to the 320kbps version that I ripped
yesterday using Freerip - but the process via EAC took much longer.

So next up is to trial FLAC! Might have to leave that til tomorrow as I
really ought to do some work!

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of Thomas B.
Malsbury
Sent: 11 February 2004 13:11
To: Slim Devices Discussion
Subject: [slim] Newbie questions


I let EAC tag the files from freedb with artist, album, track, genre, date.
Then I used Abander Tag & Control to fill in any missing info and grab the
album covers. It pulls its info from allmusic.com. Abander Tag & Control
is not free, but has a fully functional demo period in which I was able to
complete my tagging.

All told the tagged FLAC files for 799 albums are about 210GB. I went for
the new Iomega HDD250. I liked that it has both USB2.0 and Firewire. It
also is self cooling which I though was a nice feature. After the rebate
Iomega was offering it was about $250, which was a little pricey for my
budget, but in the end I thought it was worth it. Now, I just have to start
saving for my Squeezebox again.

I just completed re-ripping my entire collection of CDs to FLAC using EAC.
It worked very well, all be it a little slow and tedious. I decided to use
FLAC mostly for future versatility rather then sound quality. I just never
wanted to have to re-rip and tag almost 800 cds again. My final solution
was to rip with EAC to get a quality extraction to FLAC with no loss. I
moved these to an external hard drive and then used dbPowerAmp to batch
convert them all to 256kps LAME MP3s on my SlimServer. I then unplugged the
external hard drive and put it in my fire-safe box for safe keeping.


I now have quality and use of 256kps LAME MP3s on my server, and the
lossless FLAC files stashed away to be converted to whatever codec might
come along in the future or to replace the MP3s if something horrible
happens to my server.

If you have any questions on any of the specific settings or tools that I
used, feel free to ask.

Tom