fre:ac ~ Cross-platform, Multi-language Converter & Ripper

fre:ac is a free open source audio converter and CD ripper with support for various popular formats and encoders. It currently converts between mp3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats.

With fre:ac you can easily rip your audio CDs to MP3 or WMA files for use with your hardware player, or convert files that do not play with other audio software. You can even convert whole music libraries retaining the folder and filename structure.

The integrated CD ripper supports the CDDB/freedb online CD database. It will automatically query song information and write it to ID3v2 or other title information tags.

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Linux ~ The Gnome Wave Cleaner Project

Digital audio restoration of CD quality audio wave files. Dehiss, declick and decrackle in a GUI environment.

The goals are simple — denoise, dehiss and amplify audio files. With the use of libsndfile, you can now do this on a multitude of audio formats, wav, au, aiff, …

Gnome Wave Cleaner

Clean up your needle drops!

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CUETools ~ CD .cue File Tool & Ripper

CUETools is a tool for lossless audio/CUE sheet format conversion. The goal is to make sure the entire album image is preserved accurately. A lossless disc image must be lossless not only in preserving contents of the audio tracks, but also in preserving gaps and CUE sheet contents. Many applications lose vital information upon conversion, and don’t support all possible CUE sheet styles. For example, foobar2000 loses disc pre-gap information when converting an album image, and doesn’t support gaps appended (noncompliant) CUE sheets.

CUETools215

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gnudb.org ~ CD metadata database

gnudb.org ~ a new home for the freedb database

How to use gnudb.org:

Configure your CDDB or freedb-aware software to point to gnudb.gnudb.org as your CDDB / freedb-server.

All official gnudb servers are running cddbp at port 8880 and http at port 80

The path for http-access is /~cddb/cddb.cgi

Access a xmcd file directly when you know the genre and discid at:

http://www.gnudb.org/gnudb/genre/discid

Example ~ http://www.gnudb.org/gnudb/rock/390f1215

Source: gnudb.org CD database

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.

EAC – Profiles

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 ~

Profile - New - Create Profile - Drive - Burst

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 ~

Profile - Switcher - Drive - Burst.PNG

The last step is to select each profile in turn and select the corresponding extraction method, either Burst or Secure, in the Drive OptionsExtraction Method settings menu, and then click the Save button for each profile.

freedb.org – metadata lookup service

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.

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