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EAC: Several questions from a long-time user
BFG
post Oct 24 2012, 19:04
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I've been using Exact Audio Copy with LAME 3.99.5 for some time to rip all of my old CDs. In the course of using it, I've come up with several basic questions for more experienced users:

1. Is there any way to have EAC recognize a "hidden track" (i.e. a track with an internal gap) and separate it? So far, I've been doing this manually with WAV Editor.
2. What's the best way to extract pregap tracks?
3. How can I embed album art in MP3s that were compressed from ripped WAVs? So far I've only determined how to do so in MP3s ripped directly from the CD.
4. Is there any way, within EAC, to embed album art that was found manually online, as opposed to EAC's own album art finder?
5. Every once in a while, EAC will create an MP3 that lacks the embedded album art. It's rare, inconsistent, and typically occurs in the middle of the album. Any idea what causes this? Any way to search in Windows for this, other than checking every MP3's thumbnail one at a time?
6. I've had a few badly scratched CDs that reported no errors, yet the reported track quality was 96% or poorer, presumably because EAC had to read the same sectors several times. Would you recommend attempting a rerip?
7. Under what circumstances, if any, would you disable EAC's error correction?
8. What exactly does the WAV "glitch removal" in EAC do?
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greynol
post Nov 23 2012, 17:22
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1 (if only one "pressing" has been submitted) to 200.

AR makes no provision to keep you from comparing against your own submission (only applicable with a confidence of 1). Such a comparison is no different than performing a successful test and copy, however.

Ripping in secure mode without the use of C2 error information is essentially identical to matching CRCs in burst mode so long as the quality level is 100% or the only re-reads performed were at the very end of the process resulting from EAC's own periodic annoying behavior. If C2 pointers are being used then T&C is once again necessary to ensure a secure rip absent of an AR match.

It should also be noted that matchng your rip against an alternate pressing using a program like CUETools is also every bit as good (perhaps even better than) an AR match within EAC against the same pressing.

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