EAC ~ Ripping – Archiving Albums

EAC is often used to create an exact copy of a CD which can be stored in a digital media archive or library. The goal is to preserve all information from a CD, such that the CD can be recreated from an archive and or is playable from a library. With EAC, the original audio files and a .cue file, an exact copy can be made; and with FLAC files, a lossless music library may be built. Creating an individual folder which contains the album’s compressed audio files and a cue file is done via the following method:

  1. Open EAC and select the FLAC encoder
  2. Insert the CD you wish to archive
  3. If using the freedb plugin, select the correct cover art
  4. Verify that the downloaded information is complete and correct
  5. Convert all CD information to title case
    Ripping - Upper All First Characters - Cropped
  6. Remove any extra spaces
    Ripping - Remove Unwanted Spaces - Cropped
  7. Detect the CD’s gaps
    Ripping - Action - Detect Gaps
  8. Create the cue sheet and album folders
    Ripping - Create Cue Sheet - Current Gap Settings
  9. Rip the CD in Burst Mode, which creates the individual audio files
    ripping to FLAC
  10. Switch to Secure Mode and re-rip tracks any tracks that did not rip accurately

This process also creates an EAC log file in the same folder.