my goal is to create the best possible MP3 files I can. I am not concerned about file size.
Not real confident at the RazorLame settings but I believe I have it set to the best VBR (320) settings.
Probably something obvious but the reason is escaping me.
Quote from: CGC on 02 February, 2010, 08:26:34 AMmy goal is to create the best possible MP3 files I can. I am not concerned about file size.Then just use FLAC, not MP3.Quote from: CGC on 02 February, 2010, 08:26:34 AMNot real confident at the RazorLame settings but I believe I have it set to the best VBR (320) settings.But 320 kbps files cannot be VBR.Quote from: CGC on 02 February, 2010, 08:26:34 AMProbably something obvious but the reason is escaping me.RazorLame doesn't support FLAC. And your LAME encoder doesn't support FLAC, too.
Vote for foobar2000.Just install it in portable mode and use as a converter.
Best bitrate or best quality? If you mean highest bitrate then what you want is not vbr, but cbr, at 320 kbits/second.If on the other hand you want vbr then the bitrate is not fixed but will vary with the source material. The highest quality vbr setting is -V 0. This will save significant file size over cbr 320 but should nearly always give results that are audibly identical.
Best quality. Does this VBR setting apply to any particular program? Foobar2000; LameDropXPd?
Different programs might present different interfaces. The best programs are the ones either give you full control or will present you with the simplest options that correspond exactly to the guidelines set forth in our wiki without adding extra things without your knowledge.I don't know where you read that EAC isn't great for creating mp3s. It can be a bit complicated if you want to encode flac and mp3 at the same time and do other things like grab artwork and do replaygain but many people seem to manage ok with applications like REACT. When it comes to just doing mp3s, EAC works very well all by itself.
It should output with joint stereo by default. Are you sure you are getting discrete stereo? If so, what encoding setting did you use?You don't want 44.1 kHz? By default, LAME will only resample at lower bit rates. AFAIK LamedropXPd offers no sampling rate override.
... I got the impression that it is most beneficial to first rip to a lossless format such as FLAC.
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Quote... I got the impression that it is most beneficial to first rip to a lossless format such as FLAC.If you are going to keep the FLACs as a backup of your CDs, then yes. If it is only a stepping stone to MP3, then it is a complete waste of time.Quotean unrecognizable formatDid you attempt to verify that the FLACs are valid files? Are they playable? Can flac.exe decode the file(s) without errors?
Yes, they are playable.
QuoteYes, they are playable.That's good, but only as a quick test. Some software is more error tolerant than others, so I would also run a more thorough test. Either run a decode with flac.exe on the command line, or if that is unfamiliar territory, just use a tool like AudioTester.If the files check out as good, then I don't know what the problem could be. Maybe just a quirk with LameDrop. Is the problem just with this one disc, or others too? If it's just this one disc, I'd work around it and move on.
Some pointers on using Foobar2000 if you wish to convert FLAC to MP3.Install Foobar2000.Download Lame Bundle 3.98.2 and put Lame.exe in the Foobar2000 folder (or C:/Windows).Add your files to Foobar2000.Select / Highlight all the files you wish to convert.Right click > Convert > ... (first time only, if you're happy with your set-up select last used) > Output format MP3 LameSelect Output pathChoose name formatting (ask for examples if required)Job done, hopefully.
Seems the best or extreme setting is restricted to 245. Is that correct?
Again, I am looking for the best possible output, VBR 320+