Free CD Burning Software for Noob

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#1

Hi again!

Last year I tried to start backing up my CD collection using Nero 7’s Copy CD command, but got loud loud pops at the beginning of the CD-R copies:

http://club.myce.com/f34/glitches-cd-copies-nero-7-a-309640/

I gave up on the project because of health problems, but now I’d like to try tackling it again.

This time, instead of copying from disk to disk, I think I’d like to try ripping the CD tracks to .wav files on my hard drive and then listening to them to make sure they are ok, before burning them to a CD.

I tried doing this using Nero 7, but Nero burned the files in reverse order!

I know how to use EAC to rip the tracks, so I’d appreciate your advice on a free, easy to use program, that I can use to burn the .wav files to CD-Rs in the correct order.

I searched MyCE and found one thread that seems like it tells me how to do this:

http://club.myce.com/f59/best-free-software-audio-cd-disc-disc-copy-227958/

But I don’t understand a lot of what the writer says, and he doesn’t say which software to use:

“Using EAC, you would copy the source CD to a WAV/CUE image, with robust error detection, retry and sample listening of any doubtful areas, then burn from the image. using a calibration disk, you can also ensure that there is no offset at all, and depending on the drives over-read capabilties, no sample losses due to offset correction.”

I’d be grateful for help understanding how to use “robust error detection,” what “a calibration disk” is, what “offset” means, and what “sample losses” are.

Or perhaps I don’t even need to understand these terms? Maybe I just need a program that’s reliable and easy to use?

As you can tell from the above, I’m thoroughly confused at this point.


#2

EAC can be used to rip then burn from a cue sheet. I like to burn with ImgBurn.
You also use a cuesheet with ImgBurn.You create it from the ripped .wav files with ImgBurn.
I will try to explain the EAC calibration disk. This can be one of two discs.One you create with EAC & the other is in a list of not so easy to find discs. Both are for getting the correct offsets for your dvd drive. Unless you really want to do this with EAC you can find the offsets for a lot of drives . For example my Lite-On has a read offset of + 6 & a write offset of 0 . Sample loss on this drive would be 6 bytes if the offset setting was not made.
check these :
http://www.accuraterip.com/driveoffsets.htm
Go through this whole guide.
http://blowfish.be/eac/Setup/setup1.html


#3

Thanks cholla!

Studying that EAC Setup Guide will keep me busy for a while! :wink:


#4

When I want an exact copy of an audio CD I use Imgburn (free download).
Start Imgburn, select “Mode”>“EZ Picker Mode” & select “create image file from disc”.
Select a destination.
Click on large icon @ bottom left of Imgburn window & it will create an exact copy on your hard drive.
To burn a disc from this image load blank disc & choose “write image file from disc”.
Select the disc image (.cue file) as source & your disc drive as destination.
At the bottom right you can adjust the “Write speed” if needed.
Click on the large icon @ bottom left of Imgburn window & it will create an exact copy on your blank disc.


#5

Check this link for using ImgBurn:


#6

Hi,QUOTE=Clueless in Seattle;2521634
I tried doing this using Nero 7, but Nero burned the files in reverse order!

I know how to use EAC to rip the tracks, so I’d appreciate your advice on a free, easy to use program, that I can use to burn the .wav files to CD-Rs in the correct order.[/QUOTE]
If you rip the audio CD with EAC, then it creates either a .cue or a .pls (I don’t remember at the moment) file. If you drag this .cue or .pls file into the audio CD project window (of Nerö) instead of the original .wav files, the original order is preserved.

Michael


#7

CIS wrote,

I know how to use EAC to rip the tracks, so I’d appreciate your advice on a free, easy to use program, that I can use to burn the .wav files to CD-Rs in the correct order.

FYI, EAC can write a CD using the CUE sheet(if one was created when you ripped)…
I would also recommend the very easy to use burrrn…drag n drop the CUE, order preserved…easy peasy!..Or drag n drop in whatever order you want…easy peasy…:):smiley:
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/Burrrn


#8

[QUOTE=cholla;2521643] you can find the offsets for a lot of drives . For example my Lite-On has a read offset of + 6 & a write offset of 0 . Sample loss on this drive would be 6 bytes if the offset setting was not made.
check these :
http://www.accuraterip.com/driveoffsets.htm
[/QUOTE]

Hi Cholla,

I just looked up the drive in my hand-me-down Toshiba notebook computer in that accuraterip list and found this:

CD Drive: [B]TOSHIBA - DVD-ROM SD-R2212
[/B]
Correction Offset: [B]+116[/B]

I’m puzzled because that list only shows a single offset number, so I’m wondering if I need to know both the read offset and the write offset. And, if so, how to determine what they are.


#9

If you configured EAC’s drive options, it’ll show your drives 'sample corrections offset…
Write samples offset = combined read/write offset correction [B]-[/B] read offset correction (Accuraterip)…
Example:
Detected read sample offset correction: +66
(Accuraterip) Correction Offset: +48
Read Sample Offset Correction Value = +48
Write Sample Offset = +18

See here…
http://www.digital-inn.de/exact-audio-copy-english/36668-read-write-offset-correction-what-proper-settings.html


#10

Thanks t0nee1!


#11

For the Average EAC user just Check " Use AccurateRip with this drive " . In most cases it will set the offset correctly & you will get an exact rip.
If you want to have the setting manually set .
The + 116 is the read offset.
First Uncheck " Use AccurateRip with this drive " .
Then push the " Detect read sample offset correction " button.
See what the results are. It should match the +116 Correction Offset fron the list.
If not use the lists Correction Offset.
From there just create the test disc as in the EAC CD Burning Guide .Section 4.
On my drive I found with the Read offset set correctly the Write offset is Zero 0 when the test is done.