I have a large collection (several hundred) very rare CDs, a lot of which are promotional, unofficial or small pressings, many of which are not currently in the AccurateRip database. For years, I have been wanting to securely rip and archive them all, but it has not been untol recently that I have had the time and equipment available to do this.
I've spend the last several months researching the subject of 'secure'/'bit-perfect' audio CD ripping, but unfortunately, I am still confused over several aspects of the process, and am hoping that somebody can help me clear up my confusion. I was originally planning to use EAC, but I discovered that there seem to be a couple of viable alternatives (see below).
I apologize in advance for the long post; but I will split it into 'sections' to make it easier to read. Please feel free to respond to any sections which you might be able to help with.
a) I have access to the following Plextor drives:
My PC case has room for 3 optical drives, so I will use a selection of 3 of the above drives - which three of the drives should I use?
b) If I use EAC (or another ripper which allows the user to edit the appropriate options), are there any Plextor-specific settings That I should use? For example: Any specific read command (or leave on autodetect)? C2 on or off? And of course, -usefau should always be used with Plextors, right?
c) My motherboard does not have a native PATA/IDE interface, so I will need to use a PATA->SATA adapter to connect the IDE drives (all of them apart from the 755SA) - would this cause any problems? Would I be better off with a PCI/PCIe IDE interface? If so, any specific recommendations?[/INDENT]
[B]2) Read offset:[/B]
During my reseach, I came across the following threads:
It seems that the consensus was that Andre's original read offset was +30 samples off, but by the time that was discovered, the AccurateRip database was already populated, so it was too late to adjust everything to take into account this newly discovered 'standard' offset. However, because a lot or most of the discs that I will be ripping are still not in the AccurateRip DB, I was thinking that I would rip the discs with this new offset (-30 from Andre's previous offset calibration), which in my case, using Plextor drives, would be 0. I then also discovered that there were other secure CD rippers, such as CueRipper, have a feature called 'AccurateRip checking across pressings/offsets', which allow AR verification using different offsets than the 'correct' one. So my question is this: Could I use CueRipper to rip my discs with the 'new' offset of 'Andre's offset minus 30' and then still be able to verify the discs which do have AR entries?
3) Separate tracks +cue vs single file + cue:
I found several (old) forum posts which stated the following: "The default method of appending gaps to the previous track will preserve all gaps except for the one that comes before the first track if it contains non-silent samples. Prepending gaps to the next track will preserve all gaps just the sames as creating a single file image." - is this still the case, because none of the current guides and tutorials mention this, and just suggest to append gaps to the previous track. I would rather not lose whatever is before the first track.
I figured that rather than just rely on one drive, I could use several (three in this case) in order to provide an additional level of rip 'verification', i.e. compare the checksums/results across all three drives for each disc - is there a method of automating this in EAC or CueRipper?
I do have several older CDs which may contain pre-emphasis, and I noticed that the Hydrogenaudio Comparison of CD rippers states the following: QUOTE
Flags to tell a CD player to apply de-emphasis can be stored in a CD's subcode, the TOC, or ideally both. There are several CDs with pre-emphasis which only include the flag in the subcode, and not the TOC.
From looking at the comparison table, only CueRipper is able to detect pre-emphasis from both the TOC and subcode. Does this mean that EAC would potentially miss the pre-emphasis if any of my CDs only have it flagged in the TOC?
Those are all of my questions for now. I will be extremely grateful to anybody who can help with any (or all) of my questions!