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Wonderland Music Ripping Problems

Discussion in 'Archive' started by Zarpman, May 21, 2004.

  1. Zarpman

    Zarpman Member

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    I have a handful of the on-demand Wonderland Music CDs, and while they play fine in all of my CD players I'm having a hard time getting my computer to rip them without pops and crackles throughout the tracks. I have tried a couple of different software apps, and the problem is consistant. Has anyone else run into this problem? I'd like to have them stored on my iPod, but looks as if I'll only be able to enjoy these gems when I'm near a physical CD player. Bummer. :(
     
  2. sds910

    sds910 Member

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    Zarp:

    This is a typical problem when ripping CD-Rs... depending on the CD-ROM drive in your PC to the speed you're using to rip them, the laser is probably having difficulties reading the data from the surface of the CD-R (which, by nature, is less reflective than the surface of a pressed CD).

    If you're using a Windows-based PC, your best bet is to try a software package called EAC (Exact Audio Copy) which should produce excellent results, albeit at a slower pace than what you're used to. For starters, what you should try is ripping the discs at a reduced speed -- no more than 4X -- and see if that improves the results using your present method.

    Steve
     
  3. peepoop

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    Yeah, I second that motion. EAC is the best for ripping, hands down. And it's free. :)

    http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/

    I've had it pull great-sounding audio from pretty lousy CDs.
     
  4. BLM07

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    Also if you use EAC, go into drive options / extraction method, try secure mode and detect if your drive can do the read features and C2 feature. Burst mode is normally better for scratched CDs.
     
  5. Zarpman

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    I figured it was a speed issue. I have had this problem before in the Windows world, and reducing the speed helped out greatly. Unfortunately, iTunes doesn't give you any option except to use Error Correction Control (which cleans it up a bit, but is still a great annoyance). Being on a Mac, I'll need to poke around and find an app that gives me more flexibility over the rip speeds.

    Any other Mac geeks out there know of anything? I have Audion from Pani, but haven't tried using it yet. When I have more time, I'll play with it s'more.
     
  6. narkspud

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    Sounds like it might be time for a new CD drive.

    If you're still on OS 9, I always have good luck with Track Thief (a freeware program) for individual tracks, and Toast Audio Extractor (used to come with Jam) for entire CDs. I don't think they're compatible with OS X. And if it's your drive's fault, they won't help anyway.
     
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    Open any offending tracks in QuickTime Player. If you experience no problems, trash your iTunes prefs and try to play/burn via iTunes again.


    1313
     
  8. merlinjones

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    I haven't had any problems with iTunes on these...
     

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