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:
- Open EAC and select the FLAC encoder
- Insert the CD you wish to archive
- If using the freedb or CTDB plugins, select the correct cover art
- You may also add lyrics to each track at this point
- Verify that the downloaded information is complete and correct
- Convert all CD information to title case
- Remove any extra spaces
- Detect the CD’s gaps
- Create the cue sheet and album folders
- Rip the CD in Burst Mode, which creates the individual audio files
- 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.
Determining EAC Gap Detection Method
Exact Audio Copy enables configuration profiles to be created and then loaded as needed. An example of this is switching between Burst and Secure extraction modes. The quickest way to switch between these two drive settings is to create two different drive configuration profiles, one for burst and one for secure. Using the profile switcher in the bottom information bar, or footer, allows instant switching between these two different extraction modes.
Clicking on the New button at the bottom of EAC brings up the Create New Profile dialog ~
Add the name of the new profile, “Burst” and select the “Drive” option group. Repeat this procedure for another profile called “Secure”.
You should then have a Profile Selector that looks like this ~
The last step is to select each profile in turn and select the corresponding extraction method, either Burst or Secure, in the Drive Options – Extraction Method settings menu, and then click the Save button for each profile.
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My current EAC FLAC command line
EAC / Compression Options / External Compression / Additional command-line options:
-8 -V -T “ARTIST=%artist%” -T “TITLE=%title%” -T “ALBUM=%albumtitle%” -T “DATE=%year%” -T “TRACKNUMBER=%tracknr%” -T “GENRE=%genre%” -T “COMMENT=%comment%” -T “Performer=%albuminterpret%” -T “ALBUMARTIST=%albumartist%” -T “COMPOSER=%composer%” -T “CRC=%trackcrc%” -T “FREEDBID=%cddbid%” %haslyrics%–tag-from-file=LYRICS=”%lyricsfile%”%haslyrics% -T “DISCNUMBER=%cdnumber%” -T “TOTALDISCS=%totalcds%” -T “TOTALTRACKS=%numtracks%” %hascover%–picture=”%coverfile%”%hascover% %source% -o %dest%
EAC and FLAC ~ Hydrogen Audio Wiki