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Exact Audio Copy  


Exact Audio Copy

Exact Audio Copy is a freeware ripper (actually cardware, just send a stamped post card to the author) that creates incredibly clean and accurate .wav files from your CDs.  The software comes with an automatic error correction device during ripping that detects errors such as dust and scratches and makes the necessary changes to produce an almost totally accurate wave.  If it can't correct the errors (which doesn't happen often), it tracks the errant position in the wave so you can manually fix it.  The software will not convert to mp3 on its own, you need a supported encoder to plug into it.

Exact Audio Copy is one of the best rippers I have come across and forms a quality MP3 converting combination with the LAME encoder.  You can download an uncompiled LAME v. 3.93 encoder, compile it, and plug it in to EAC.  The learning curve on EAC is a bit high compared to other rippers but once you get going, you won't go back.

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  • All kinds of CD and DVD drives are supported (including USB, Firewire, SATA and SCSI drives)
  • Hidden sector synchronization (jitter correction)
  • A secure, a fast and a burst extraction methods selectable. Fast extraction should run at the same speed as other grabbers with jitter correction, but is probably not exact anymore. Burst mode just grabs the audio data without any synchronization.
  • Detection of read errors and complete losses of sync and correction in the secure mode, as far as possible
  • Output of time positions of all non-exact corrections and the possibility to listen to these positions
  • EAC is able to copy ranges of music data, not only tracks
  • Automatic speed reduction on read errors and fallback to a higher speed afterwards (depends on the used drive)
  • Volume normalization of extracted audio to a given percentage
  • Usage of the Windows Audio Compression manager (ACM Codecs) for direct compression to e.g. MP3 waves
  • Support for the LAME DLL that is usable like an ACM Codec for on-the-fly MP3 compression
  • Support of external MP3, WMA, flac and OggVorbis encoders for automatic compression after extraction (supports multi-processor environments)
  • Batch compression to WAV files and decompression of supported encoded files to WAV
  • Compression offset support for exact compression/decompression
  • Detection of pre-track gaps (positions where negative track times runs towards 00:00:00)
  • Detection of silence in pre-track gaps
  • Automatic creation of CUE sheets for Burnnn, Feurio, Nero or even EAC, which can include all gaps, indicies, track attributes, UPC and ISRC and also CD-Text for an exact copy
  • CD player functionality and prelistening to selected ranges
  • Automatic detection of drive features, whether a drive has an accurate stream and/or does caching
  • Sample offsets for drives with noaccurate streams, including the option of filling up missing samples with silence
  • Synchronizing between tracks for non-accurate stream drives
  • Trackname editing with local/remote CD databases support and more features like ID3 tagging
  • Browse and edit local database
  • Certified Escient ® CDDB(TM)Compatible
  • Local CDDB support
  • Record and loop record functions for recording from LP, radio, etc.
  • Automatic renaming of MP3 files accordingto their ID3 tag
  • Catalog extraction function (e.g. first 20 seconds of a track)
  • Multisession (CD-Extra) support
  • CD-Text support
  • CD-Write support for some drives (internally and using CDRDAO)
  • ID3 V1.1 tag editor with drag and drop ability from track listing and CD database browser
  • Glitch removal after extraction
  • Small WAV editor with the following functionality: delete, trim, normalize, pad, glitch removal, pop detection, interpolation of ranges, noise reduction, fade in/out, undo (and much more)
  • Program is free for personal use, so feel free to copy

 

 

 

 

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