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 a folder which contains the audio files and a cue file is done via the following method:
Open EAC and insert the CD you wish to archive.
If using the freedb plugin, select the correct cover art
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.
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.
freedb is a free CD and music data base service to look up textual metadata about music, audio or data CDs. This is done by a client which queries the freedb database. As a result, the client displays the artist, CD title, track list and some additional information. Clients are for example CD players, CD rippers and CD burning software.
FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. This is similar to how Zip works, except with FLAC you will get much better compression because it is designed specifically for audio, and you can play back compressed FLAC files in your favorite player (or your car or home stereo just like you would an MP3 file.
FLAC stands out as the fastest and most widely supported lossless audio codec, and the only one that at once is non-proprietary, is unencumbered by patents, has an open-source reference implementation, has a well documented format and API, and has several other independent implementations.
CUERipper is an utility for extracting digital audio from CDs, an open-source alternative to EAC. It has a lot fewer configuration options, so is somewhat easier to use, and is included in CUETools package.