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Re: ripping FAQ

Thufir wrote:
Running FC5, just ran "yum clean all" and "yum update", grip, sound juicer
and lame are installed.  However, I'm having trouble ripping a CD.

The CD automounts, apparently, fine.  Well enough that soundjuicer, when
run, prompts as to which tracks to extract and where.  However, grip, when
asked to either rip or encode, reports that "no tracks have been selected.
 Rip whole CD?", clicking "yes" merely brings up the same dialog.

[thufir arrakis ~]$
[thufir arrakis ~]$
[thufir arrakis ~]$ cat /etc/fstab
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 /                       reiserfs defaults        1 1
LABEL=/boot             /boot                   ext3    defaults        1 2
devpts                  /dev/pts                devpts  gid=5,mode=620  0 0
tmpfs                   /dev/shm                tmpfs   defaults        0 0
proc                    /proc                   proc    defaults        0 0
sysfs                   /sys                    sysfs   defaults        0 0
/dev/hdb3               swap                    swap    defaults        0 0
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol01 swap                    swap    defaults        0 0
[thufir arrakis ~]$
[thufir arrakis ~]$ date
Wed Sep 20 18:46:17 IST 2006
[thufir arrakis ~]$

Again, the CD is visible, and I could, if I so chose, copy the .iso to the
hard disc.  However, I can't browse the disc with the file browser (in

For lame, under config, encoder, encode, lame, the settings are:

encoder executable        /usr/bin/lame
encoder command line      -h -b %b %w %m
encoder file extension    mp3
encoder file format       ~/mp3/%A/%d/%n.mp3

for sound juicer:

profile name              mp3

profile description       <mp3>

gstream pipeliner         audio/x-raw-int,rate=44100,channels=2 ! lame
name=enc ! id3mux

file extension            mp3

When I extract an mp3 with soundjuicer I get an mp3, after a few minutes
of pegged CPU utilization, which XMMS loads but doesn't play.  XMMS plays
other mp3 files fine (which I've put on my mp3 player, too).

I'm more oriented towards sound juicer, as it's at least creating files,
but I imagine that if grip were to read the CD that grip would work fine,

So, any thoughts?



First, make sure you have the 'good stuff' from the livna repositories:

sudo rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-5.rpm

sudo yum install gstreamer\*

run soundjuicer and edit preferences
from the preferences, edit profiles
add a profile called mp3
under gstreamer pipeline:
audio/x-raw-int,rate=44100,channels=2 ! lame name=extreme
Look at the lame man page for mp3 lossy levels -- I prefer the extreme setting, but I am a bit fussy about this. The extreme setting creates mp3 files about 1MB per minute, which is larger than most folks want, but it seems to be the minimum for my ears on most content.
Be sure to click the Active check box.

Now you can create mp3 files directly from SoundJuicer.


There are currently bugs in the 2.6.17 Fedora kernels that may prohibit some types of digital reads from removable media devices. Check your /var/log/messages for lots of read errors during ripping. If they are present, it SHOULD mean that your drive is having hardware problems. But currently it simply means that you have triggered the bug OR you have hardware problems with the drive. :(

Currently on 5 systems I have tested, 4 have difficulties ripping anything except plain iso files. The last two rips that I did with SoundJuicer failed to do tags. :( It worked perfectly up til then.

Some new music CDs have 'copywrite protection' mechanisims that can prevent ripping. These include but are not limited to: multisession music CDs (computers don't like multisession music CDs, but plain CD players don't know how to do multisession CDs so they ignore it. Tricky multisession CDs where the session your computer will see has very lossy versions of all the tracks. Other misaligned data tricks to cause computers to 'skip' data that plain old CD players will just ignore. Some of these tricks will cause a computer to reread the previous block in a never ending loop while again, old plain CD players just ignore it.

Good luck!

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