Digital Music Pad
Converting Audio CD's
Place a CD in to the CD drive and click on 'CD Audio Grabber' to open the
All tracks will show on the left with track time information on the right.
If you are connected to the internet click on 'Get Info' to get track and
album info from
the free CDDB service.
The track numbers will change to show the track titles.
If album cover artwork is found this will appear a little later.
The album artwork service may be off line at certain times and can take some
time to appear.
Click 'Select All' to mark all tracks for conversion or click on the box
next to each track to select individually.
You can change the folder for your converted files before extracting the
tracks by clicking on 'Change Folder'
If you have CD information from the CDDB service, clicking on create a new
folder will automatically suggest the album title for the new folder name.
If required, album cover artwork can be added to MP3, WMA, M4A and MP4 files. This option can be disabled from
Creating rip track sections
Select a track from the CD and start playing.
To set a start and end point, press the start and end buttons at the required
point in the song.
Grab the position bar to move the track quickly to a new position.
Then from the Extract window (below) select - Use preset rip positions
You can also just rip a small length of the track by selecting - Rip portion
of each track and selecting a length in seconds.
If you have used CDDB then ID info will be automatic, or you can enter ID
information manually before extracting the tracks.
Once all tracks have been extracted, the window will close and the extracted WAV
files will be added to the conversion queue and conversion to the selected
format will begin.
Album cover artwork
If album cover artwork is retrieved it can be automatically added to each
MP3 or WMA file when ripping.
The artwork can be automatically resized to reduce file size. Change the
resizing parameters from Setup.
After retrieving CDDB info, if album cover artwork is not found, click Find
Cover to search using track titles.
If album information is available you can choose how the converted files
will be named.
If using a database for your files, placing the track number at the start will
effect the ordering of the database so it may be better to place the track
number at the end.
You can also add the album title and artist title to the file name.
Normalise (It is not
necessary to normalise modern CD's)
Equalises the volume on each track before converting.
Normalise value can be adjusted (in percent) from Setup.
Increases the volume of each track before converting. Useful for
older CD's with reduced volume.
Amplify value can be adjusted (in percent) from Setup.
Fade In / Out
Fades the song in at the start and out at the end.
Fade values can be adjusted (in seconds) from Setup.
Crop Start / End
Removes silence from start and end of the audio file.
Rip a portion of the tracks
Select a portion of the track to rip in seconds.
If the number of seconds is smaller then the shortest track on the CD the
seconds will be adjusted.
MP3 ID3 information now has 2 versions.
Version 1 can only store information of 30 characters long per field.
Version 2 can store far more information of virtually any length.
Both ID3 version 1 and version 2 information will be added to the file. This
ensures all players can read track info.