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Old Apr 13, 2006, 02:02 PM #76 of 252
Use GoldWave to record WAV's instead of MP3's. Then you can encode the WAV's to MP3's with something like ALL2LAME.

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Old Apr 13, 2006, 05:43 PM Local time: Apr 13, 2006, 04:43 PM #77 of 252
I have no experience in ripping games with GoldWave, but it's one suggestion. I recommend Sony Sound Forge, but there's Audacity or TotalRecorder as well. And yes, ripping to WAVs first and then converting to mp3 works best. (My recommendation for mp3 converters is dBpowerAMP)

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Old Apr 15, 2006, 12:02 AM #78 of 252
I'm wondering how would I go about removing lyrics from a song? A lot of songs I have, I'm only interested in the instrumental.

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Old Apr 15, 2006, 05:40 AM Local time: Apr 15, 2006, 09:40 PM #79 of 252
HELP!

How come i cannot access the sheet music posted by other users!!
when i try to click on the links, it redirects me to a login page, but i have already logged in!!!!

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Old Apr 15, 2006, 09:46 AM #80 of 252
Originally Posted by Lady Miyomi
I'm wondering how would I go about removing lyrics from a song? A lot of songs I have, I'm only interested in the instrumental.
You don't. There are lyric removal plugins for WinAMP and probably for some sound editors, but they never do a good job - either not removing the lyrics completely or taking some of the instrumentals along with them, leaving the song distorted in either case.

If you want instrumentals, find an instrumental version of the song.

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Old Apr 15, 2006, 11:14 PM #81 of 252
How do I rip a lossless copy of the audio from a DVD, then split the audio into tracks that I can convert to Mp3? I want to convert my Cyndi Lauper in Paris DVD into a track by track MP3 collection, but I need some sort of editor that I can use to get the stuff chopped into tracks. Recording it song by song is messy, slow, and you miss stuff. Can someone help me?

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Let me clairify that some. Can someone help me find a good (perferrably free, but not at the cost of quality) program that lets me edit WAV files into chunks that I can individually convert into Mp3?

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Old Apr 16, 2006, 12:00 AM Local time: Apr 15, 2006, 11:00 PM #82 of 252
Sony Sound Forge is one program, but there are others as well, like Audacity. I uploaded SSF version 7 with the password crack:

http://beta.yousendit.com/transfer.p...13DA834CECCA60

It's a 30 megabyte ZIP file. I don't know how to help you out with ripping the audio from the DVD though.

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Old Apr 16, 2006, 12:06 AM Local time: Apr 15, 2006, 10:06 PM #83 of 252
Lucas - I've got just the program you need: Acoustica MP3 Audio Mixer.
It can output to mp3 (You can select Bitrate and Encoder), WAV, WMA, and RealAudio, although I doubt ANYONE would use those last two. Let me know when you downloaded it, so I can give you the serial. The program is like 5 and a half MBs unpacked, so downloading it should be quick.

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Old Apr 16, 2006, 03:38 AM #84 of 252
Thanks for the help guys

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Old Apr 19, 2006, 05:56 PM Local time: Apr 19, 2006, 05:56 PM #85 of 252
Okay, I've got another question.

Why do some people rip CDs in 320 CBR? Is it better than Variable Bi-rate or is there some sort of advantage? It also takes up so much space that I can't see why they'd rip it like that. This happened on an Inuyahsa Theme collection album I downloaded. (They ripped it in 320 CBR. It was a Vocal Heavy album).

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Old Apr 19, 2006, 06:30 PM Local time: Apr 19, 2006, 05:30 PM #86 of 252
It might just be personal preference. That, or some people don't know how to rip CDs in VBR. Nonetheless, VBR is still better than CBR because of better quality, doesn't matter what case it is.

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Old Apr 19, 2006, 07:03 PM Local time: Apr 19, 2006, 07:03 PM #87 of 252
I thought so.

The last question on my mind is about Enhanced CDs. While searching through soundtracks. I noticed on Amazon.com that some CDs have [Enhanced] on their description. So, what do they really do differently for enhanced CDs? Do they buff something out or increase pitches or something?

What would be the big differences from Enhanced CDs and non-enhanced?

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Old Apr 19, 2006, 10:21 PM Local time: Apr 19, 2006, 08:21 PM #88 of 252
Originally Posted by soniclover
I thought so.

The last question on my mind is about Enhanced CDs. While searching through soundtracks. I noticed on Amazon.com that some CDs have [Enhanced] on their description. So, what do they really do differently for enhanced CDs? Do they buff something out or increase pitches or something?

What would be the big differences from Enhanced CDs and non-enhanced?
Not sure, but I think it has something to do with special encoding of the 15th bit of the 16bit CD audio, called a HDCD. It expands the quality to 20bit audio (or 120dB range, the limit of human hearing), making it sound better, but only if you have an audio player that can interpret the data (WMP 9 or 10 is your best bet). More infomation can be found here.
It could also simply mean a Blue-Book Audio CD, meaning a CD with the audio tracks and music videos, flash movies, wallpapers and *ahem* DRM software.

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Old Apr 20, 2006, 12:24 AM #89 of 252
Originally Posted by Kaiten
a Blue-Book Audio CD, meaning a CD with the audio tracks and music videos, flash movies, wallpapers and *ahem* DRM software.
Yes, that's it. They can also be called "CD Extra".

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Old Apr 20, 2006, 09:59 AM Local time: Apr 20, 2006, 07:59 AM #90 of 252
If you do decide to buy one of these CDs, make sure you hold down onthe Shift key when you load it into your PC. That way any copy protection won't attempt to jam itself into your OS, and you'll be free to copy the CD without restrictions.
Also when browsing its contents, be very wary of any non movie/picture files, EXE programs tend have some crappy surprise in store for you.

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Old Apr 21, 2006, 05:51 PM Local time: Apr 21, 2006, 05:51 PM #91 of 252
Okay, I've been having some confusion about VBR.

I've been cruising on the internet for soundtracks and I find that I see some albums that say something like 224kbps VBR. Is that possible? I thought VBR meant variable Kbps. Do people on the internet just make a mistake about VBR or something?

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Old Apr 21, 2006, 06:00 PM Local time: Apr 21, 2006, 04:00 PM #92 of 252
Originally Posted by soniclover
Okay, I've been having some confusion about VBR.

I've been cruising on the internet for soundtracks and I find that I see some albums that say something like 224kbps VBR. Is that possible? I thought VBR meant variable Kbps. Do people on the internet just make a mistake about VBR or something?
The 224kbps means the average bitrate of the whole song (or the setting used). For example 192kbps VBR could also mean --preset standard or -V 2 in LAME. Even though the bitrate of the mp3s varies from point to point, it's average bitrate is still measured in kbps to help people determine size and quality level of the file.

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Old Apr 22, 2006, 05:19 PM Local time: Apr 22, 2006, 05:19 PM #93 of 252
Okay, to continue my question off

So, when you convert an a file format to another. Do you lose quality or anything?

Like Converting a WAV file to an Mp3 file.

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Old Apr 22, 2006, 05:35 PM Local time: Apr 23, 2006, 12:35 AM #94 of 252
Originally Posted by soniclover
Okay, to continue my question off

So, when you convert an a file format to another. Do you lose quality or anything?

Like Converting a WAV file to an Mp3 file.
You will lose quality if you convert a .wav file into .mp3. This is the whole point with a format such as MP3. Lesser quality, smaller file.

Basicly, unless you convert a file from one lossless format to another you will always loose in quality when converting audio files.

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Old Apr 22, 2006, 05:51 PM Local time: Apr 22, 2006, 04:51 PM #95 of 252
Originally Posted by seanne
Basicly, unless you convert a file from one lossless format to another you will always loose in quality when converting audio files.
So if a gameripper wishes to keep his own rips as conserved as possible, would he convert .wav to another lossless format? Or would he just keep the original WAVs? Not that I'd start distributing lossless versions of gamerips out to the public.

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Old Apr 22, 2006, 06:49 PM #96 of 252
WAV (PCM anyway) is uncompressed, so think of it like a lossless format. Sure, you can distribute a gamerip in a lossless format.

But let me just say this:
- If your recording setup is mediocre, you might as well use high-quality MP3 instead.
- If you're doing a gamerip from emulation (for example SNES .SPC music files) just share the original files rather than doing a conversion.

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Old Apr 27, 2006, 12:45 PM Local time: Apr 27, 2006, 01:45 PM #97 of 252
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Question here for those listening to audio XP machines. What speaker settings should I use if I'm listening through headphones rather than speakers. Been meaning to set it up properly since last night but fell asleep listening to my batch of CDs through my HD595 headphones.

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Old Apr 27, 2006, 02:21 PM #98 of 252
Originally Posted by Blue_Kirby2
It might just be personal preference. That, or some people don't know how to rip CDs in VBR. Nonetheless, VBR is still better than CBR because of better quality, doesn't matter what case it is.
Wrong. 320kbps is technically better quality than VBR, for the very simple reason that the bitrate is nailed as high as it can possibly go.

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Question here for those listening to audio XP machines. What speaker settings should I use if I'm listening through headphones rather than speakers. Been meaning to set it up properly since last night but fell asleep listening to my batch of CDs through my HD595 headphones.
I'm not even sure if that really has any effect on anything. I have it set up for "desktop speakers" and I use the dedicated headphone output on my M-audio Revolution soundcard for my headphones.

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Old Apr 27, 2006, 02:59 PM Local time: Apr 27, 2006, 03:59 PM #99 of 252
Originally Posted by ArrowHead
I'm not even sure if that really has any effect on anything. I have it set up for "desktop speakers" and I use the dedicated headphone output on my M-audio Revolution soundcard for my headphones.
Alright, was just really interested on someone else's opinion because I had switched it to headphones and it sounded a bit muffled. I'm trying to find the best settings for my Audigy 2 ZS minus the hub. :doh: Was advertised on newegg for dirt cheap about 2 years ago. Either way thanks for the input.

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Old Apr 27, 2006, 03:03 PM Local time: Apr 27, 2006, 03:03 PM #100 of 252
Originally Posted by ArrowHead
320kbps is technically better quality than VBR, for the very simple reason that the bitrate is nailed as high as it can possibly go.
So then, is there any area of quaility or anything that is a disadvantage of having it in VBR? Is there any reason to have an album in VBR as opposed to 320kbps? (Besides the massive amount of size)

Basically I'm asking, VBR vs. 320kbps?

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So far I've heard that 320kbps doesn't have as good 'highs' and 'lows' as VBR does.

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