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Old 07-31-2005, 12:31 PM   #1
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How to speed up ripping audio CDs.

I'm getting very slow ripping performance under the ripping software I've tried (Grip and KAudioCreator). I'm testing against Windows Media Player on my Windows machine. In Windows a ~45 minute CD rips to 192 kbps MP3s in about 2:15. In Linux with Grip, using the cdparanoia ripper and disabling ALL the paranoia settings, a ~35 minute CD rips to the same format using the Lame decoder in 7-8 minutes. KAudioCreator isn't even in the running, it takes something like 20 minutes to rip one CD. The Grip status indicators are saying that I'm ripping in the 5x to a little more than 6x speed range and encoding varies from a just under 5x to about 7x. I'm wondering if there is a faster program or some other way to speed things up. I've tried adding the -Z and -S 32 options to the command line, but even though this works when I use cdparanoia from the console, it actually seems to slow things down in Grip.
Old 07-31-2005, 04:02 PM   #2
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Same problem, only satisfactory solution I've found for the moment is to tell my ripper program (ripit) to use cdda2wav rather than cdparanoia. Good speeds using cdda2wav.
Old 08-01-2005, 01:37 AM   #3
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Yeah, I tried using cdda2wav too, but for some reason it seems to run slightly slower than cdparanoia with all paranoia disabled. I guess 7-8 minutes for a short CD isn't going to be the end of the world or anything, but it's kind of annoying that it's THAT much worse than Windows Media Player.


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