Using CDEX -> to rip to MP3
You will need (obviously CDEX, but you already have that) and the lame codec.
If you google for Lame, you will find it anywhere. It needs to be installed as a codec (aka, right click & Install the .inf file) or a better solution is to download a codec pack like the k-lite mega codec pack which has every codec you'd every need for audio & video encoding & decoding and many you will likely never need too.
Once you've installed the pack, and you have CDEX installed (you may need
to restart the computer after the codec pack) fire up CDEX.
Click on the menu bar -> Options->Settings.
On the General Tab you can normalize the volumes (make all your songs the same loudness). However, this is generally not needed, unless you are adding songs from many CD's from many, many years (new songs are normalised to a higher volume, but at the sacrifice of dynamic range).
On the Filenames tab->
Set your File name format as "%1 - %4" Which will come out as "Artist - songname". If you want more info like album name, song number, etc, click the "?" next to it and it'll tell you what all the %x's mean.
Setup your output directorys "Desktop\MP3" perhaps?
On the CD-ROM tab->
OPTIONAL: tick "Use Native NT SCSI Library" if you have any problems at the ripping part.
On the ENCODER tab ->
Set the thread priority to lowest (so it doesn't lock up your system while it's encoding).
Set your encoder to "Lame MP3 Encoder (version x.xxxx, yada yada)".
Set your encoder options to "MPEG1" bitrate Min "320" Max "320".
Set the mode to stereo.
Set quality to VERY HIGH QUALITY (q=0).
side note Usually I use Variable Bit Rate rather than constant bitrate, with Min set as 64Kbps & VBR method as VBR-New. VBR allocates high bitrate where it's needed & little where there is no need. Also J-Stereo is also more than adequate for music. J-stereo compares the left & right, then make one of them the difference between itself & the other. It does throw away phase information though, but not a huge problem when your speakers are only a few meters apart
Stereo & CBR will take up heaps more space, but at slightly better quality. (according to audiophiles which have nothing better to do than sit at their PC and compare the outputs of both in minute detail)
/end side note
It also doesn't hurt to tick "On the Fly MP3 encoding" which doesn't take up any HD space (except for the final MP3 of course).
On the REMOTE CDDB select a remote CDDB server (what's there is generally fine).
And stick in your email address.
Back on the main screen.
Put your audio CD into the drive that shown on the drop box. Wait 10 seconds for it to automatically query the CD.
It'll fill the screen with boxes.
Make sure they are all ticked
On the right are a bunch of icons. If it hasn't filled in the artist, title & song names, then click the CDDB icon (second one from the bottom.
Wait twenty seconds for it to query the CD DataBase server to get your cd info.
Click the MP3 icon, the second one down (the 3rd will extract PART of a track only).
And wait 10-15 minutes for it to convert your Audio CD to MP3