I would use cueripper & foobar2000 but that's just me...
What about the dBpoweramp batch ripper? Is there anything wrong with it?
You might try running multiple instances of dbPoweramp each connected to a different drive.Consider ripping to a lossless format.
Quote from: Dario on 29 March, 2012, 02:23:45 PMWhat about the dBpoweramp batch ripper? Is there anything wrong with it?I'm about 1/2 way through the process of ripping about 10,000 CDs to FLAC files with dbpoweramp. And batch ripper is just fine... Highly recommended.
Ideally, we have one pretty decent quad-core desktop that we're planning to outfit with four CD drives.
We have software that allows us to rip multiple discs at once to V0 MP3s...After some math I figured out that I should be able to fit all of the CDs on two 2TB hard drives. I feel like using FLAC or other lossless formats would increase the number of storage space required by quite a bit...Not all of the computers use software that play nice with FLAC, but everything will play MP3s.
QuoteIdeally, we have one pretty decent quad-core desktop that we're planning to outfit with four CD drives. Not a bad idea. But I would also consider allowing your volunteers to take a stack of CDs home. As long as you standardize on software & settings, and as long as everybody saves their logs, that should work. Maybe you can appeal to your listeners for more volunteers? The task is manageable (perhaps in a semester or two) if you get enough people working on it in parallel. You dont wan't too many people working on it, because you need to maintain standards and keep track of the CDs.
You'll need a plan/procedure for dealing with ripping errors. Maybe try a different drive/computer, maybe look for another copy of the CD, maybe just have someone "authorized" to listen and approve the file if they can't hear anything wrong...And, you'll need tagging standards because the online databases are not all standardized or correct. With 4 drives ripping at once, I'd guess that checking/correcting tags and filenames will take just as much time as the ripping.
QuoteWe have software that allows us to rip multiple discs at once to V0 MP3s...After some math I figured out that I should be able to fit all of the CDs on two 2TB hard drives. I feel like using FLAC or other lossless formats would increase the number of storage space required by quite a bit...Not all of the computers use software that play nice with FLAC, but everything will play MP3s.Here are my thoughts... My biggest concern is that a couple of years from now, or when you get half-way through the project, somebody is going to wish you'd used a lossless format. FLAC is going to take... maybe 3 times as much space as V0... Maybe 4 times as much... That might be manageable, and I would think about it.
You will just open two instances of dbpoweramp or EAC and it's just fine.
pre-sort a bunch of CDs: regular albums, sampler, soundtracks etc.
i second the suggestion of ripping to a lossless format. first, storage is cheap. second, generation loss could be an issue. after all, many if not most radio stations broadcast their show in a lossy format (internet radio, digital audio broadcasting, etc.).
I ripped about 7000 CDs to FLAC using dBpoweramp, a Sony XL1B2 200-disc mediachanger (well actually two, luckily since one wore out ... 2nd hand ones available for cheap at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00...;condition=used ).You can probably use dBpoweramp's Batch Ripper. What I did -- this was at a time Batch Ripper was fresh and a bit immature -- was to hack together an AutoIT3 script that automated dBpoweramp. I did once post it at http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread....86#post13939586 , but don't hold it against me, it is fairly lame coding. (And forget whatever I wrote there about HDCD. I regret using the HDCD DSP.)I know that people have modified REACT to work with the mediachanger too.
Sorry, I didn't read all posts carefully, nevertheless, let me add/emphasize some points.You should insist on accurate, secure and lossless rips! You'll only do it once, do it right!I've no experience with real batch rippers, but ripped a lot of CDs on ordinary PCs equipped with two CD-Rom drives. You will just open two instances of dbpoweramp or EAC and it's just fine. However, this is limited in terms of keeping a clear view on open CD cases on the desk and open program instances on the screen. With four drives you'll not gain much increase in over all speed, IMHO. The computer will wait for you (rather than you waiting for the computer).
[/li][li] Metadata is a crucial issue. Databases are not correct anyway and every n-th CD will not be found. Then you'll have to enter the data by yourself, the most time consuming step.[/li][/list]If you can't effort a batch ripper, you probably can distribute the job to many volunteers. In advance you have to agree on a standard:codecfolder hierarchytagging scheme incl. cover imageswhat to do with unknown or erroneous CDsWhen ripping manually I'll pre-sort a bunch of CDs: regular albums, sampler, soundtracks etc. This reflects my folder hierarchy and speeds up ripping in my case. You could consider things like this, when distributing to volunteers.
I see, you're not likely to give CDs away (I fully understand!). That way, a large room with many computers equipped with max. 2 drives each will help more than few computers with a lot of drives each. Just my humble opinion ;-). Such a set up will likely be outperformed by a real batch ripper. In addition a network storage might be interesting for you. And a scanner for missing cover art.Just my thoughts, hopefully of some help for you :-)
Quote from: LosMintos on 30 March, 2012, 09:28:14 AMYou will just open two instances of dbpoweramp or EAC and it's just fine.Be careful. My experience with dBpoweramp is that it might from time to time switch to the most-recently-used drive. Probably not without telling me, but I have overlooked it (and gotten a few rips with absolutely wrong content). I don't think it is intended to have concurrent versions open.Quote from: LosMintos on 30 March, 2012, 09:28:14 AMpre-sort a bunch of CDs: regular albums, sampler, soundtracks etc.Also: - remasters, if you want to have them distinguished. The metadata sources do not.- promos. Some of them have beeb sounds and talking interfering with the music.- I keep classical music away from the rest -- or rather: music sorted by composer, apart from music sorted by performer.
On the cost of storing lossless files - consider the tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars that those 30,000 CDs cost originally. Storage space for FLAC runs about 5 cents per CD.
If at one point we do decide to get a dedicated ripper, the XL1B will be at the top of the list, thank you! Does Sony have any current version of this that they're selling? And how did you go about storing 7000 CDs of FLAC files?
Bad news, our budget means we probably won't be able to afford the equipment to go full FLAC. We'll probably stick with V0.But for our RAID array I picked out this enclosure with four of these in RAID 5