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jamesfeline 29th August 2012 10:04 PM

uncompressed flac

I have given up trying to tag wav files 100% reliably, any one out their using uncompressed FLAC that is in the latest edition of DPpoweramp ripper



macboy 29th August 2012 10:53 PM

FLAC is lossless; there is no need whatsoever to use "uncompressed" FLAC. Just use FLAC. It is well supported, taggable, and sonically identical to the wav that it is created from.

kevinkr 29th August 2012 11:52 PM


Pretty much my entire digital music library is in FLAC format. (Some DSD)
FLAC is referred to as a lossless codec, not "uncompressed" - which in any event is incorrect terminology because FLAC losslessly compresses and restores audio files.

Try EAC for ripping, open source, free and one of the pioneers of error free "paranoid mode" ripping - it also can handle the conversion to FLAC or a number of other popular codecs.. (APE, Monkey's Audio [Lossless], Lame MP3, etc.)

I use J River Media Center 17 which handles just about every aspect of digital media management from ripping, tagging, album art, database management to obviously playback. It will play most media formats natively including DSD, and of course FLAC.

jamesfeline 30th August 2012 05:35 PM

flac uncompressed

I am well happy, using the latest DP-Poweramp CD ripper with the latest uncompressed flac setting (basically it takes a raw wav file and wraps it in a flac wrapper for tagging)

and it sounds great ... and I have it playing in WMP 11 and 12 and windows media center as well as J river 17 media as well ... yes that's right WMP playing full flac files with artwork and tagging.

I finally have wav files with full tagging


richie00boy 30th August 2012 05:39 PM

And you will be even happier when you realise that you can choose a compression level (6 is what I use, think it's the default) and have files half the size with no loss of quality.

onethree 31st August 2012 01:12 AM

I have my entire CD collection ripped to FLAC. FLAC is easily tagged (I use Tag&Rename) and also the SQ is on par.

I'd recommend using EAC for the ripping. Its free, fast and accurate.

hazard500 31st August 2012 01:45 AM

I rip all my records at 192k/24 bit, average LP is 3gig - I then use foobar as a front end for flac conversion (flac front end doesn't work on my Windows 7 PC). This saves over 1 gig of storeage per LP, so helps me cram more LPs onto my 2TB drive.

abraxalito 31st August 2012 02:04 AM

Recording LPs with 24bits means a lot of what's stored on your drive is going to be noise and that doesn't compress at all.

hazard500 2nd September 2012 10:55 PM


Originally Posted by abraxalito (
Recording LPs with 24bits means a lot of what's stored on your drive is going to be noise and that doesn't compress at all.

With respect, I don't understand any of this - you seem to think that increasing resolution from 16 bit to 24 bit is bad for the sound?

john57 2nd September 2012 11:25 PM

Increasing the recording bit rate from 16 to 24 increases the dynamic range not detail. 96k sampling rate is all I need from a LP transfer to FLAC. At 192k/24 bit you are going to used much more space on the hard drive with no increase in detail. Depending on what ADC chip you are using can decrease quality at 192K as compared to 96K. For live recording I do use 24 bit so that I do not run into a situation where the sound could cause clipping in the recordings and then I usually will down-sample to 16bit for redbook standard.

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