Boy did I stick my hand in the crazy again

Back in 2006, I bought a 160 GB external hard drive and decided to rip my music collection into MP3. To optimize space, I decided to rip everything at a constant bitrate of 192kbps. I wanted to leave enough room on the drive for future releases.

Hard drive space is now entering into the terabytes, and yesterday’s 192kbps is today’s 320kbps. My friend chip had the foresight to rip his collection to a lossless format, then encode into a lossy format. I’m starting to feel the 192kbps rips wanting.

So I decided to do the tediously crazy — I’m re-ripping my CD collection. According to the software database I use to track my collection, I have 1,054 CD, spread among 1,700 discs. I’m not sure how accurate that disc number is, because I include other formats in the database.

And I’m following chip’s lead, first ripping to FLAC, then encoding to MP3. I’m even going for the "insane" settings on the LAME encoder in Winamp. Compound the process with tagging from Musicbrainz, and … it’s going to take a while.

At least now I have the space to do it … I finally bought a 1TB external drive.

Now I just have to resist the urge to get a USB turntable.


  • Id says:

    Haha… Man, you sound like an audiophile in the making… I’ve got a really decent headphone setup (Sony D33 -> Little Dot II -> Sony SA5k) and I’ve never been able to distinguish the difference between 256 kbps rips and the actual CD. My source player is definitely the weakest link in the chain, but I’m not going to supplement my setup with some crazy, esoteric $800 dollar stand alone Meridian CD player to confirm that. Yet anyway, haha. I’m pretty satisfied with what I’m getting out of that rig.That and, so many of the modern CD releases are so over modulated that a near lossless rip isn’t going to lend any more quality to what wasn’t there to begin with :/

  • Ben says:

    I made the same mistake only I sold my CD’s afterward. If they were still around, I’d be sticking my hand in the crazy right now.

  • NemesisVex says:

    @ld: Did you just speak English there? 🙂
    I’m still pretty much listening to the lion’s share of my music on some pretty middle-of-the-road consumer equipment — a factory-installed car stereo, $30 Panasonic headphones at work and 10-year-old computer speakers with a subwoofer at home. It’s all that home studio stuff I’m doing with Eponymous 4 that has me thinking about sound quality. I didn’t appreciate the idea of a flat frequency response till I bought some Sennheiser HD280 headphones for tracking and mixing.
    @Ben: Yeah, that’s part of the reason I haven’t given up on CDs yet. I pretty much consider them over-glorified backups.

  • Id says:

    Ahahaha… Yeah. I’ll actually give you a tip. Amazon is currently selling a pair of JVC HAFX300R’s for only 35 bucks (shipping included). That’s a savings of $70 from the original price. They are canalphones so they are absolutely tiny, easily driven by portables, isolate sound, and are comfortable to boot. I snapped up a pair (Despite owning tons of headphones), and they have a very nice presentation; lush mids, detailed highs, and (gasp!) audible bass that ISN’T bloated, overwhelming, and one-note. Instrument and vocal separation is great as well. I tested them with some AKFG, Number Girl, Shiina Ringo, Go!Go!, Cat Power, Utada, At the Drive In, etc. and they performed very well for all of the songs I listened to. Definitely awesome for the super low price. I wouldn’t hesitate to snap them up cause I’m not sure how much longer that sale is going on.