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REACT 2 Released

Reply #1650
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Any reasons why you aren't using the latest EAC 0.99pb5? Note that if you upgrade, my mod is the only one that supports that version. And in addition, my mod has many fixes/enhancements, so you might want to check it out from the REACT:Mods Wiki page.


Only reason i'm not using the latest EAC is because the version i have installed works, i then just picked a mod at random. It would seem now that Akurat mod might have been the better choice. It was not obvious at the time which mod if any is the recommended one to use as there is soo much info to consider when ripping.

Hopefully tonight i'll install the other mod and latest eac and give it all a go again and i'll have a choice of setups..

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Reply #1651
Installed eac 0.99pb5 and akku.b04 and ripping, encoding and art works as expected, followed the wiki guide and got cue files to be created too which is good news however i'm lost on how to get a log file created automatically.
can someone point me in the right direction.
Thanks

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Reply #1652
Open REACT-track.cfg and find the post-processing wavpack section in the end (starts with IF @Wavpack@==1 (). Just remove the REM from the REM COPY /Y "@eaclog@" "EAClog.txt" line and you're set. If you're using the wavpack as a backup, IMO there's no need to copy the same log file to the mp3 folder.

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Reply #1653
Using EAC 0.99pb5 and akku.b04 I'm having trouble getting up and running on Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. As per previous thread posts, I've added read/write permission for the REACT directory and also tried downloading the msvcr71.dll to Windows/System32 but I still get the following error when trying to rip FLAC images and MP3 tracks:

"REACT failed to set the correct image filename to the save dialog.

The correct image filename has been copied to the clipboard.

Click OK to close this window, enter the correct filename manually or by pasting it from the clipboard (CTRL+V) and click the save button."

If I click OK then there is only the cover art window left open. It's a while since I ran REACT under XP and I'm trying to remember whether the main EAC window should still be open at this point. Is it just keeling over somewhere which is why REACT is then failing? Despite enabling debug I don't see any log files anywhere.

TIA for any assistance anyone can offer with this problem.

Regards,
David

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Reply #1654
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trying to remember whether the main EAC window should still be open at this point.

Most definitely yes. It seems that EAC is crashing on your OS. There's lots of discussion regarding this problem (mostly in EAC forum). Here's one, check it out if that helps. Also, it would be wise to try using EAC without REACT and verify that e.g. ripping an image (from the Action menu) works.

Also check my notes about Vista (and Win7) regarding the user rights.

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Reply #1655
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trying to remember whether the main EAC window should still be open at this point.

Most definitely yes. It seems that EAC is crashing on your OS. There's lots of discussion regarding this problem (mostly in EAC forum). Here's one, check it out if that helps. Also, it would be wise to try using EAC without REACT and verify that e.g. ripping an image (from the Action menu) works.

Also check my notes about Vista (and Win7) regarding the user rights.



I think I have a fix for Win7 - 64bit.

[blockquote]Right click on the icon for EAC (not REACT).

Go to Properties

Click on the Compatibility tab.

Select Run This program in compatibility mode for - Windows XP (Service Pack 3)

Select Disable visual themes.  (this one is the selection that makes it not fail when trying to display Browse Folder dialog)

Select Run this program as an administrator.

Select OK and you should be good to go.[/blockquote]


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Reply #1656
Select OK and you should be good to go.[/indent]

Indeed I was!    Thanks Snash. Only addition was to also set react.exe to "Run this program as an administrator" so that it could call EAC.

Many thanks,
Dave

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Reply #1657
Good info Snash. Thanks. Can I just confirm from both of you (or from others) that ALL of the following things HAVE to be done in order to run EAC+REACT in Win7? (Vista too?)

- user account they are logged in has read+write permissions for the following folders... advice
- EAC: Run This program in compatibility mode for - Windows XP (Service Pack 3) *
- EAC: Disable visual themes *
- EAC: Run this program as an administrator *
- react.exe: Run this program as an administrator

* these might change for newer EAC versions in the future.

All required? I'll update the manual once I get verification. Thanks.

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Reply #1658
- user account they are logged in has read+write permissions for the following folders... advice - UNSURE - *
- EAC: Run This program in compatibility mode for - Windows XP (Service Pack 3) - NOT REQUIRED
- EAC: Disable visual themes - REQUIRED

- EAC: Run this program as an administrator - NOT REQUIRED FOR ME - *
- react.exe: Run this program as an administrator - NOT REQUIRED FOR ME - *

* - I messed around a lot with my authorities trying to make it work, so I am not sure what the original state of the the computer was.  For these items we need input from others.

I do not have a Vista machine to test on so my input is for Win7 64bit only.

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Reply #1659
Hi
I am trying to change what is populated into a FLAC file for the album title so it shows in the format

YEAR: ALBUM TITLE

I did this a while back with the MP3 files and it worked fine using

--album $q@year@: $T$q

However I can't get it to work properly on the FLACS. Currently I have

-T album=$q@year@: $#T$q

But this is not working correctly and no flacs are being generated at all

Any ideas what I am doing wrong?
Thanks

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Reply #1660
I've never used REACT before and have a few questions about how I go about getting it set-up to do what I want but I don't want to be 'that guy', asking the same basic questions that have been asked so many times before.
So I was just wondering if someone could point me in the direction of a really basic tutorial or something similar?

I've tried the readme and the wiki but, whilst I kinda understand bits of it, it's just information that I'm unsure how to utilise.

If anyone knows of a suitable guide, then I'd really appreciate it.
Thanks.

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Reply #1661

Thanks for the input! Others didn't bother. I wrote down your notes and I'll be doing my own tests (when I've time and a copy of Win7/Vista.. anyone got a spare license to donate? ).

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Reply #1662
-T album=$q@year@: $#T$q

Why the hash char before T? According to ACDIR command line help:
- optional character '#' quotes the value with " for command line
- %q      Double-quotation character, "

P.S. sorry for the late response, had some urgent family matters to tend to (nothing serious). Mailing me privately doesn't speed up the answer process, if I'm busy, I'm busy.

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Reply #1663
I've never used REACT before and have a few questions about how I go about getting it set-up to do what I want but I don't want to be 'that guy', asking the same basic questions that have been asked so many times before.
So I was just wondering if someone could point me in the direction of a really basic tutorial or something similar?

I've tried the readme and the wiki but, whilst I kinda understand bits of it, it's just information that I'm unsure how to utilise.

If anyone knows of a suitable guide, then I'd really appreciate it.
Thanks.


Just so you don't feel on your own Step, I'm in exactly the same situation - I previously installed React 2 + Akkurat's Mod but I was only getting WAV files (want FLAC plus MP3 for new rips + cover art +cue sheets for recordings though this not crucial as I could live with buying replacement CD's occasionally) so I de-installed and am just using EAC bare for FLACs (working perfectly if a little slow). I takes a long time to discover it's not worked unless you have any 2 track CDs (I don't!). Have got 700 plus to back up too!!
Having read an awful lot of the posts in the 67 pages and the guides I still don't feel confident to install REACT + akku.b04.
I guess I can be a bit more specific about issues though.

1) Is React 2.0 Akku.b04 ready to roll on installation to produce FLAC and MP3 in diffferent folders with coverart or do I have to delve into the INI file and set the toggles to exactly what I want.
2) Do I have to download any newer components or does Akkurats Mod encapsulate them?
3) Why before did I get the "error 410 Gone" like Qualm and how exactly did he get AlbumArtDownloader XUI Version 0.31 to work (Nov 8th post).

I'm not sure any more reading of the threads will clear up the confusion so I just hope someone will take pity!!

Here's hoping.

Thanks
Johnnymag


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Reply #1665
I've never used REACT before and have a few questions about how I go about getting it set-up to do what I want but I don't want to be 'that guy', asking the same basic questions that have been asked so many times before.
So I was just wondering if someone could point me in the direction of a really basic tutorial or something similar?

I've tried the readme and the wiki but, whilst I kinda understand bits of it, it's just information that I'm unsure how to utilise.

If anyone knows of a suitable guide, then I'd really appreciate it.
Thanks.


Start out by learning EAC.  REACT runs on top of EAC.  EAC is pretty complicated due to all the settings, but you set it up once, and run with it.  REACT is complex too, but again, you set it up once.

Trying to learn both at the same time is daunting, especially if something isn't working right.

If you already know EAC, then all the info is in the REACT wiki, just try it out and post questions.

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Reply #1666
Start out by learning EAC.  REACT runs on top of EAC.  EAC is pretty complicated due to all the settings, but you set it up once, and run with it.  REACT is complex too, but again, you set it up once.

Trying to learn both at the same time is daunting, especially if something isn't working right.

If you already know EAC, then all the info is in the REACT wiki, just try it out and post questions.


I've been using EAC for a while, a good 2-3 years at least.

I have also, up until recently, been using MAREO but I had terrible problems trying to get it to deal with Various Artists albums and then when I read that REACT supports album artwork as well, I figured it was time for a change.
But, whereas MAREO's ini files are relatively simple, almost intuitive, I just can't grasp what I'm reading about REACT.

Certainly, I'll give things a shot but don't be surprised if I reappear asking some fairly dumb questions.

 

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Reply #1667
Step666, Johnnymag,

AFAIK, there's no "tutorial" to REACT.

REACT is not for everybody, it takes a bit (or a lot, depends) of learning and setting up, just like bare EAC. Unfortunately DAE is not easy, and when you add REACT to the soup with many different external tools/encoders, it's bound to baffle many users. Then again, REACT could be better, though not ready-to-use-out-of-the-box for the common man. The current situation with original REACT2.0 and the mods hinder the progress a bit (I've thought of couple of solutions to this, but nothing to announce yet).. and the fact that I've little time to tinker with REACT.

Here's my attempt of short guide:
  • Original REACT
    • Download the original REACT2.0 (link in the end of the 1st post).
    • Extract and run the installer.
  • REACT Mod
    • Download a mod.
    • Extract it to the folder you installed the original REACT (replace all files).
  • Album Art Downloader XUI
    • Delete ALL files and folders from the installed REACT\coverdownloader\ folder.
    • Download the latest Album Art Downloader XUI ZIP file.
    • Extract it to the REACT\coverdownloader\ folder.
    • Remember that ".NET Framework 3.5 SP1" is required, except for Windows 7, for AAD XUI to work properly (link for that is in the same place where you downloaded AAD XUI).
    • Open "REACT.ini" file (in REACT folder), amend the "CoverDownloaderXUI" to 1.
    • Also, check that the "CoverDownloader" setting has the correct path set to the albumartdownloader executable.
    • You might want to start AAD XUI separately and set it up the way you like it (enable/disable/"search first" sources, size filter, etc.).
  • Learning & setting up REACT
    • Read the REACT Wiki page & the documentation of the mod for information. Remember that if you choose my mod, it has all the Synthetic Soul's mod stuff as well.
    • Open "REACT.ini" file and amend the settings to your liking. (Trial (and error) method gets you far if you don't fully understand some settings.. and if totally lost, ask in this topic.)
    • Optional: follow the Amending Cuesheet File References Wiki guide for getting file reference corrected cuesheets in track mode (works only in that ripping mode). Follow the GSAR method guide. Remember to download the GSAR tool to your REACT\tools folder.
    • Optional: follow the Backup DATA Track Wiki guide if you want to "backup" all the files from an enhanced cd (it copies only the Windows filesystem files, not the whole data track).
  • Run REACT
    • Start REACT and configure it when asked (if not, press Ctrl-F2 to do it). (This guide doesn't cover setting up EAC, so it should be done before this step!)
    • Optional: Alt+F5 opens the "Additional Meta Data dialog". You can set it up to open automatically when opening REACT if you use it often (REACT.ini: "OpenAddMetaDataDiag" setting).
    • You're ready to rip. Remember that you should ONLY use F4 or F10 keys when ripping with REACT. (F4=track mode, F10=image mode)

I'm open for suggestions to amend this guide.

HTH

EDIT: gramammar

EDIT2: This guide has been copied and upgraded to the Akkurat's mod documentation Wiki page under "Getting started" header.

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Reply #1668
REACT is not for everybody, it takes a bit (or a lot, depends) of learning and settings up...

Well, if you know of a simpler way of ripping to multiple formats simultaneously and adding album art, I'm all ears

Thanks for the introduction, I'll try and work my way through it and see how I go.

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Reply #1669
[quote name='Akkurat' date='Jan 10 2010, 18:30' post='679076']
Step666, Johnnymag,

"AFAIK, there's no "tutorial" to REACT."

Akkurat,
Just finished manually importing Album Art into ITunes (yeah I know.....) and saw the post - off to bed as its a school day tomorrow but will get down to it tomorrow night.

Many many thanks for taking the time - do you ever sleep btw?

Will make notes to add to the guide if anythin occurs during my travails.

Best

Johnnymag

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Reply #1670
I need some help with ripping a "Various Artists" CD to FLAC.  I'm using React2 with the Akkurat mod and am using the ini and cfg files without any changes.  The EAC option selected is Action/Copy Image & Create Cue Sheet/Compressed.  Everything seems to process okay with the FLAC tracks being set up in the folder My Documents\My Music\EAC\FLAC\Various Artists\Album Title\ and the MP3 tracks being set up in the folder My Documents\My Music\EACMP3\Various Artists\Album Title\.

When these are loaded into my WMP 12 library I note that the FLAC tracks are grouped into a number of albums corresponding to the artists on the CD whereas if I load the mP3 tracks into my library they are all grouped under the Album Title.  There is no problem playing the FLAC tracks.

When the Album tags are displayed using Mp3tag I note that for the MP3 Album the tag "Album Artist" is filled with "Various Artists" whereas "Album Artist" is blank for the FLAC version.

I am assuming that the absence of "Various Artists" from the "Album Artist" tag for the FLAC albums is what is causing the problem for me.  I've got no idea as to whether REACT2, EAC, FLAC or some other process is the culprit.

What setting do I need and where do I need to make it to ensure that my FLAC files get listed under one Album Title by WMP 12?

Standard albums are not causing any problems at all.

FYI I'm running Windows 7 Pro (x64).

This is my first attempt at ripping CDs to FLAC and MP3 - I'm struggling a little with all these rippers, Compressors, Tags, Codecs, etc.

Any help or guidance would be much appreciated.

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Reply #1671
The default config should definitely add an "album artist" tag to your FLAC files.  Certainly metaflac, Case's Tag, and foobar all report successful tagging.  I'm not familiar with MP3Tag.

I did read (in an old article, mind you) that Media Centre expects "AlbumArtist", so you could try amending the following line in REACT-image.cfg:

Code: [Select]
IF @various@==1 SET VA_tag=-T $qalbum artist=@VA@$q

... to:

Code: [Select]
IF @various@==1 SET VA_tag=-T $qAlbumArtist=@VA@$q

... and see if that helps with WMP12.

NB: Is there any reason why you are ripping to image rather than tracks straight off?  Not that it matters, I suppose.

Edit: OK, after a little Googling, it looks like MP3Tag uses the tag "band" as the Album Artist field.  You can create your own mapping, to map "album artist" to "band", by following the instructions, and then you'll see the info in the list (Tag: VorbisComment; Source: ALBUM ARTIST; Target: BAND).  Of course, if you do amend the config to use "AlbumArtist" then map that instead.
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Reply #1672
[quote author=Golden-Orb link=msg=679590 date=1263296506]The EAC option selected is Action/Copy Image & Create Cue Sheet/Compressed.[/quote]
Before continuing with your problem, do you manually select that? Note that ONLY F4 (track mode) and F10 (image mode) keys should be used when ripping with REACT.

EDIT: Are you using WMP Tag Plus? If so, found something here in HA (through google, should always first search HA ). Problem introduced in that post.. read the authors answer.

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Reply #1673
I did read (in an old article, mind you) that Media Centre expects "AlbumArtist", so you could try amending the following line in REACT-image.cfg:

Code: [Select]
IF @various@==1 SET VA_tag=-T $qalbum artist=@VA@$q

... to:

Code: [Select]
IF @various@==1 SET VA_tag=-T $qAlbumArtist=@VA@$q

... and see if that helps with WMP12.


I read where the author of 'WMP Tag Plus' said that 'WMP Tag Plus' now caters for both "Album Artist" and "AlbumArtist".  Using MP3Tag, I changed the "Album Artist" tag from blank to "Various Artists" for all my FLAC files and WMP12 then saw only one album in the library relating to the particular "Various Artists" CD instead of multiple albums.

While I could use MP3Tag to set the "Album Artist" tag to "Various Artists" for all my FLAC files that I create from "Various Artist" CDs I would prefer to have REACT 2 set the tags for both my FLAC and MP3 files.

Thus this leaves me with my problem that FLAC (I assume) does not fill the "Album Artist" tag with "Various Artists" whereas LAME (I assume) does.  Maybe my problem lies with REACT 2 and its associated ini or cfg files.

With regard to ripping to image rather than tracks I read on a HA forum 'Uploads' by Tycho (16Nov06) that it was preferable to use image mode 'as it may be used for creating both an image and tracks, and is a little more robust. With Nyaochi's excellent ACDIR, it will split the image to tracks while encoding.'

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Reply #1674
It certainly did with my test.

Looking at the forum thread that Akkurat linked to, it looks like 1.1 will support "ALBUM ARTIST" as well as "ALBUMARTIST".

Do you know if you have 1.0 or 1.1?  The change to support "ALBUM ARTIST" was made in 1.1, according to the changelog.

http://bmproductions.fixnum.org/index.htm?...org/wmptagplus/

It may be interesting to check exactly what tags your FLAC files have - both pre- and post-MP3Tag editing - by using a command line app like metaflac or Tag.

Code: [Select]
metaflac --list "myflac.flac"

Code: [Select]
tag "myflac.flac"

I'd be very interested to see the results of either of these posted.
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