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Help with EAC Output to .flac and .mp3

Hello,

I recently discovered EAC for ripping audio CDs. I have set EAC v.1.5 up to the best of my ability but I am still running into some trouble because I am unfamiliar with the software. I am interested in having EAC output .flac and .mp3 files for my different applications. I've followed the guide on this site (https://wiki.hydrogenaud.io/index.php?title=EAC_and_FLAC)  but when I copy a CD 'Uncompressed' I still get a .wav file. Renaming the .wav file extension to .flac still makes the file playable in audio players such as VLC but I rather not go through that extra step of renaming.

I've also noticed that the .wav file that is produced is missing ID3 tags even the the check box checked and the command line options entered from the guide. Compressed output .mp3 files keep all metadata intact.

I am sure I am missing something in the way I have EAC set up.

Thanks



 

Re: Help with EAC Output to .flac and .mp3

Reply #1
mp3 and flac are compressed audio. You need to use Copy ... Compressed for both. As you already figured out, Uncompressed is for wav.

The ability to use 2 compressors (encoders) at the same time is NEW in EAC and the guides haven't been updated to include this new feature.

You'll need to set
Compression Options > External Compression
for first encoder (flac or mp3) and
Compression Options > Additional External Compression
for the second encoder (flac or mp3).


Filename options are set in
EAC Options > Filename
for first encoder (flac or mp3) and
EAC Options > Additional Filename
for the second encoder (flac or mp3).
Note: Replace spaces by underscores isn't working in v1.5 and should not be checked.

You can still use the guides for everything else.
korth

Re: Help with EAC Output to .flac and .mp3

Reply #2
Why don’t you just rip to FLAC?
It is lossless and has excellent support for tagging.
WAV is lossless as well but the tagging department is a problem.
If you need an MP3, use transcoding.
Good media players support this e.g.
https://www.thewelltemperedcomputer.com/SW/Players/MusicBee/MusicBee_Sync.htm
TheWellTemperedComputer.com

Re: Help with EAC Output to .flac and .mp3

Reply #3
I see I had some confusion in the differences between compression and lossy-ness.

My first external compression engine is a User Defined Encoder with the FLAC.EXE included in the installation. I have it set to use the file extension .flac.

My additional external compression engine is the LAME MP3 Encoder of which I downloaded the current version and have EAC pointed to lame.exe.

Shouldn't the use of two compressors produce two different file types? In my case shouldn't I expect to see EAC produce one .flac and another .mp3?

I did not realize that .wav does not support tagging.

Re: Help with EAC Output to .flac and .mp3

Reply #4
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Shouldn't the use of two compressors produce two different file types? In my case shouldn't I expect to see EAC produce one .flac and another .mp3?
If each encoder is setup correctly then yes (see edit below). Filename and Additional Filename naming schemes can be set to send the files to different locations.

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I did not realize that .wav does not support tagging.

Not in EAC.


edit:
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My additional external compression engine is the LAME MP3 Encoder of which I downloaded the current version and have EAC pointed to lame.exe.
Set to User Defined Encoder https://wiki.hydrogenaud.io/index.php?title=EAC_and_Lame
https://hydrogenaud.io/index.php/topic,57617.0.html
korth

 
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