CD Ripper: Advanced Options

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Select the green options button on toolbar:

Review PerfectMeta Matches displays the PerfectMeta review page, clicking on a different provider (buttons at the top) uses all the data from that provider, or clicking on a single item shown will use that item.

Encoder Priority can be set to a lower priority, thus allowing another task to commence (such as word processing) without much disturbance. A high priority option is not provided as this would inhibit CD reading. [Reference Required]

After Ripping various logs can be shown, the information log is just that, for secure ripping it contains details of rip. After ripping has completed the computer can be set to automatically shutdown. [Reference Required]

Choosing CD Ripper Options:

Burst ripping uses no error correction, where as Secure is able to detect and recover errors (see below for Secure Settings). Defective by Design emulates a standard CD player and drive permitting, is able to read many CDs not playable in Computers.

AccurateRip is an online database containing the results of other peoples rips, with AccurateRip it is possible to be sure 100% if a rip was without error. Before AccurateRip can be used the Sample Offset for the drive must be detected, this is an automatic process (a message will appear offering to find the offset on inserting a suitable CD). Audio Finger Prints are collected and transmitted to AccurateRip for the identification of audio.

Cross-Pressing Verification will use the data from identical CDs to yours (which have a different pressing offset) to also verify with AccurateRip.

Meta Data & ID Tag Options (see below).

File Name Restricted Characters allows the prohibition of characters which cannot be used in filenames, by default characters which the system cannot have in the filename are substituted for similar. It is also possible to remove characters totally (such as spaces).

When Ripping allows the whole CD to only be released once it is ripped, useful if adding to a player such as iTunes. Note if using [Multi-Encoder] this setting has no effect.

CD ROM lists settings specific to the CD drive. A Spin-up Time can be used for older CD drives which do not extract audio correctly until they are at speed. The Spin-down After sets how much time the drive will continue to spin after ripping has finished.

Sample Offset is used by AccurateRip, every drive has a consistent sample offset (AccurateStream is required, all modern drives support AccurateStream), once this offset is known ripping on different makes of drives gives the same results.

Read into Lead-in or Lead-out or often called over-reading if supported by the drive (most do not) can be used to extract the few samples that would otherwise be lost (normally at the end of last track) these samples are normally silence.

HTOA is an acronym for hidden track one audio, some CDs have a hidden first track. CD Ripper will inform of HTOA and allow this hidden track to be ripped. By default hidden tracks are shown unchecked, check to Rip. There is never any meta data for this hidden track and the ability to rip depends on CD drive, lists drives which can rip HTOA.

Secure Ripping

Secure Ripping uses multiple passes as well the AccurateRip online database to find and attempt to recover errors, Reference is required for Secure Ripping. These terminologies are important for secure ripping:
  • C2 Error Pointers - the ability for a drive to tell a ripping program that the ripped data has errors. Not all drives support C2 pointers, some drives support it badly (ie many errors slip through undetected). dBpoweramps Secure ripper will benefit from C2 Error Pointers however (good or bad) it is supported.
  • Drive Cache once an error has been detected the frame has to be re-ripped, in an attempt to recover from the error. If a drive caches (when asked to re-rip passes out previous ripped data as a means to speed increase), caching is bad for secure rippers, knowing the size of the cache the ripper is able to rip without using the cache.

The process of dBpoweramp's unique secure ripping is:

Access secure ripping configuration with Options, select Secure Ripping and click Secure Settings:

Ultra Secure (dBpoweramp Reference required) extends the normal 2 pass reading to a programmable number of passes, this can help detect errors or verify the single c2 pass is error free. Depending upon your drive:
  • Drive Supports c2 error pointers well enable Ultra Secure with Minimum 1, Maximum 2 and End after 1.
  • Drive Supports c2, but badly enable Ultra Secure with Minimum 2, Maximum 4 and End after 2.
  • Drive does not support c2 enable Ultra Secure with Minimum 3, Maximum 6 and End after 2.
Individual Bad Frames is the process of re-ripping identified error frames, by ripping multiple times it is possible to recover many errors. Maximum Re-Reads is important, if your drive supports c2 pointers well and for maximum recovery set to a high number such as 700. Without good c2 support (or no c2) 50 has to be the maximum (otherwise the chance of getting matching errors is high).

Drive Read Cache is important in making sure that previous ripped audio is not given out on a re-rip, using the default 1024 KB is a good way to not be troubled by drive Cache.

C2 Error Pointers for Error Detection (dBpoweramp Reference required)  an important and useful aspect of secure ripping. A further option to limit datatransfer to 8KB is useful if using USB or Firewire and the C2 pointers were not previously working.

Secure Rip Abort

Ripping will be aborted (on that track) if any of these conditions are met:

After Unrecoverable Frames aborts ripping if the track is insecure (for one or more unrecoverable frames).

When Have to Re-Rip can abort if the track is too damaged (lots of frames to re-rip indicates a badly damaged CD).

After Ripping a Track For sets a time limit on ripping.

Interpolate removes possible clicks by not using audio returned for bad sections, many drive implement self interpolation.

By Marking a track as Error if Insecure it is possible to use a DSP effect 'Delete Destination File on Error' to remove any insecure ripped files.

Cancel Disc Ripping After Any Insecure Track makes it possible to cancel ripping the whole disc after any tracks are insecure.

Secure Extraction Log writes a report to a file or the information log.

Meta Data & ID Tag Options

Maximum Album Art Pixel / File Size sets the maximum allowed art size, anything above this value is scaled down.

Write Album Art to Path writes a Folder.jpg file, this can be used by Windows to replace the folder icon, or by programs.

PerfectMeta Options

Multi-CD Add Disc to Album by default will add the disc number to the album ID Tag when the disc is part of a multi-CD collection (box set).

Lead Artist to First Position scans all the artists (sometimes a track has multiple artists) and the artist present on all tracks, is set to the main (first artist).

Set Track Artist to Artist with > 70% of Track Coverage is useful for CDs where the artist is not consistent across all the tracks (ie one or two tracks have a different artist, where the CD is clearly not a compilation CD).

Detect 'xxx, yyy' in Artist and Swap to 'yyy xxx', sometimes the artist is stored as Last Name, First Name. This option will detect and swap these items.

Replace 'The [artist]' with '[artist], The' will take something like The Beetles and set as Beetles, The (which is easier for searching)

Each Track Genre The Same corrects inconsistent Genres across tracks, to the main Genre.

Detect Multi artists from '&', 'ft.' & 'feat.' on meta data providers such as freedb and MusicBrainz there is no multiple artist stored, it is up to the user who in many occasions will type Main Artist (ft. Contributing Artist)

Character / Word Replacement allows words or single characters to be replaced (by other words or characters)

Rip as One

Pressing Rip as One (green options button >> Rip as One) allows precise control when ripping multiple tracks as one large track, or conversely setting the start and end times for ripping (a single track at a time):

Click the left mouse button on the blue line to set the ripping start position, right mouse sets the ripping end position. A final note if using Rip as One to rip the whole CD as one image, with secure mode on - the memory requirements are ~600MB x number of passes, so if 2 passes are done that is 1.2GB of memory required in secure mode. Burst mode has no such memory requirements.

Track Menu

Right click the mouse over any track, displays:

Quickly rip single track, or selected tracks (selected indicated by blue bar, not check mark).

After ripping once the options to re-rip will be present if there were insecure tracks, or if the CRC calculated for each track was different on a re-rip (a sure sign one of the rips had an error).

Swap Artist and Track Titles can be selected if Compilation is checked and is designed for freedb originated meta data, sometimes these two items are swapped incorrectly.

Detect Artists from Track Titles can be useful if all the tracks have Artist - Title and the artist field is blank, this option will remove the artist value to the title.

Apply Track Number Offset will be useful to people ripping multi-CD sets where they wish for track 1 for CD 2 to continue after the end track number for the previous CD, to apply an offset of more than 20 select this option twice.

Copy Track Listing to Clipboard exports the track listing (in text form) so it can be pasted into other programs.


dBpoweramp Reference offers profiles, that is all customizable settings (such as secure mode, compression choice and settings, etc) are saved under a profile. Select [Create Profile] to create a new profile and [Delete Profile] removes the current active profile.

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