How to rip music cds into high quality VBR MP3s
This tutorial is completely coppied from a specific page
hosted at ChrisMyden.com.
Honestly, his is a lot better than this one, and I
recommend that you go there instead. My only reason for hosting this
meager duplicate is to help send users in the right direction, and to be
prepared in case the original disappears one day.
Overview: You want to rip music CDs, and you want high quality. The answer is a two-piece
solution: EAC (Exact Audio Copy)
rips the CDs and saves the output into wav
format, and then LAME
(Lame Ain't an MP3 Encoder) converts them to mp3 format
with whichever options you desire. This particular tutorial will end up
giving you no-compromise variable bitrate mp3s which sound absolutely fantastic.
- Download and install the newest version of
Exact Audio Copy. It's freeware.
- Download and place into the EAC program directory the
LAME.exe executable which will
encode the wav files into mp3.
- Run EAC, and when it asks you to do so, browse to the location of that lame.exe file.
- You'll see a pull-down menu toward the top left of EAC which displays your
available CD drives, and also lists their adaptor and ID numbers. Select the
drive you'd like to use, make note of it's numbers, and select the cooresponding
.cfg profile file on the
original tutorial page at chrismyden.com listed above. Place it into
the 'Profiles' directory within your EAC program directory (program files/eac/profiles).
- If you are running windows 2000 or XP, download and place into the EAC program
directory the wnaspi32.dll
- Close EAC, place a music CD into the drive you previously selected,
and reopen EAC.
- Under the EAC > Profiles menu, click 'Load Profile,' and select the .cfg file you downloaded.
- Under the EAC menu, click 'Compression Options,' and then on the 'External Compression'
tab. In case the correct one is not set, browse to the lame.exe file you downloaded.
- Press ALT + G to make EAC contact the freedb database to automatically identify the
tracks on your CD (this information is not stored on music CDs). If EAC complains about
being unable to access the database/server, press F12 to get the server selection window.
Click 'Get active freedb server list.'
- Done. If you don't select any tracks and just click the "MP3" button on the left
side of EAC, it'll ask for a destination directory and then do all the ripping for you.
View the log to be sure that the process completed happily.