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last updated 12-Jun-2002

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CDex 1.40 (1285 KBytes) by Albert L Faber

  • freeware, my personal #1 CD audio ripper, simple and straightforward to use, CDDB and freedb support
  • allows recording of single tracks, multiple tracks or track fragments, optionally with jitter correction
  • customizable format of target filename and subdirectories
  • reads and submits track information from cdplayer.ini file and from local/remote CDDB/freedb
  • bar indicators for grab progress and jitter control (possible errors)
  • saves to WAV or MP2/MP3 or mp+ or Ogg Vorbis via external DLLs or through external programs through commandline parameters
  • supports encoding external WAV files
  • automatically generates M3U or/and PLS playlists (optional)
  • Win2000 users who get an "ASPI not properly installed" error should download
  • NEW: finally did the step from beta to release state, several language versions available
  • NEW: Ogg vorbis RC-3 (added Quality option) + latest LAME version
  • NEW: fixed some Ogg vorbis related bugs plus some others

    CDcopy 4.800 (1107 KBytes) by Markus Barth

  • 20$ shareware, supports SCSI and ATAPI drives + the generic win32 interface under NT, offers all the common options
  • saves track by track or selected sectors or whole CD, shows the average copy speed after the copy process has finished
  • saves in formats AU, WAV, RAW + works directly with several MP3 compressors (incl. L3ENC and TOMPG) to handle the process of ripping and coding in one pass
  • uses ASPI based Windows port of Andreas Mueller's Cdrdao, combine the features of cdcopy and Cdrdao to write your CDRs in DAO mode
  • support for BladeEnc.DLL - no external compressor required, separate VQF encoding path, channel-swapping, extended remote control, MPx bitrate conversion, support for 80 min CDR
  • multilanguage support, conversion of CDDB files to CSV and CDPLAYER.INI, lyrics server support, CDDB batch queries, support of MP3 lyrics tag
  • integrated CD-inlay editor with TWAIN interface and support for most common graphics formats
  • uses CDPLAYER.INI or CDDB (remote or local file) to get CD-track info (title, author ...)
  • "Write DAO-CUE File" produces a file which can be handled by DAO
  • built in MP3 compressor/decompressor, supports VQF, QDesign audio MPEG encoder and M$-Audio
  • a german helpfile is available
  • NEW: AAC decompression, AAC cd-writing, cd-writing from playlist

    Audiograbber 1.80 (1369 KBytes) by Jackie

  • 25$ shareware audio-CD grabber
  • includes functions to check that the copies made are identical to the original
  • offers to automatically normalize the music, delete silence from the start and end of tracks and send them to an external program (most likely MP3 encoders :-) ), it also uses (if installed) Fraunhofers internal acm CODEC to create MP3's
  • looks nice and works fine, reads cdplayer.ini and connects to the database
  • can rip digitally in Win NT/2K even without ASPI manager
  • support for M$ Audio 4.0, CDDB submit function
  • NEW: ID3v2 support
  • NEW: switched from CDDB to

    WinDAC 1.53 (547 KBytes) by Christoph Schmelnik

  • 31$ shareware, 32 bit ASPI manager required
  • saves track by track or selected sectors, shows the actual copy speed during copy process
  • kills zero-samples at the begin/end of the written track, includes a nice simple script processor
  • realtime conversion to 11, 22 or 44 kHz Stereo/Mono (Mix/Left/Right) + Windows ACM (Audio Compression Manager) support - lucky you if you have FHG's MP3 codec installed ... and if you have the CPU power to code it realtime while CDA-ripping with 8x speed :-)
  • handles multiple CDROM drives simultaneously
  • the file names can be read from the CDPLAYER.INI + edited directly in the drive window
  • files can be written directly to the RAW (or MP3) format, even into subdirectories depending on the CD
  • NEW: several GUI bugfixes, slightly less CPU usage
  • NEW: handle tracknumber to plugin's to allow them to write ID3 v1.1 tags
  • NEW: the category can be used for file and path naming options
  • NEW: added all CD information to the available parameters in scripts

    Awave ACDR 2.0 (232 KBytes) by FMJ-Software

  • 25$ shareware, audio CD reader & converter, conversion uses code-parts of the wellknown AWAVE instrument/sample converter and player
  • read tracks from your audio-CD's and convert them into AIFF, ALAW, AU, F32, IFF, MAT, MP3* RA*, SB, SW, TXT, UB, ULAW, UW, WAV, VOC, VOX, WMA* (* means a free 3rd party add-on is required)
  • a 3-step procedure 'wizard' makes the conversion both quick and easy
  • single pass operation for all options and output formats
  • supports CDDB2 for retrieving track, album, and artist names (registered version only)
  • flexible output file naming control
  • high quality sample rate conversion, optional jitter and scratch correction
  • convert whole tracks, 'merged' consecutive tracks, or H:M:S selections
  • here's some of the available options: create M3U playlist, remove leading silence, high-quality sample rate conversion, jitter correction, and drive read speed control
  • comment about the TOP rating: it's because of the integrated unique file conversion capabilities

    ExactAudioCopy 0.9b4 (956 KBytes) by Andre Wiethoff

  • postcardware: cd-audio ripper, ID3V2.3.0 tag support, uses ASPI interface, so both SCSI and ATAPI CD-ROM drives are supported
  • saves track by track or selected sectors, shows the actual copy speed during copy process
  • has all the common features like sector synchronization (jitter correction), read error and complete lost of sync detection and correction, flexible track naming, CDDB & cdplayer.ini - support, fast and burst mode reading, support for Audio Compression Manager (ACM Codecs) for direct compression (you know, the Fraunhofer MP3 codec ...) ...
  • .. but goes beyond with its "secure mode": optional it reads every audio sector at least twice, that's slow of course (0.7x on my 12Plex) but this way it detects (and reports) not identical sectors
  • if an error occurs (read or sync error), the program keeps on reading this sector, until eight of 16 retries are identical, or five times these 16 retries are read (means: in worst case it will read bad sectors up to 82 times)
  • external MP3 compression support (including long filenames and ID3 tagging)
  • use EAC if you want to be sure to get the best possible CD audio rip, and if you ever have a scratched CD - if this one can't do anything you're lost
  • NEW: some bugfixes, mainly the CD burning part is fixed, also the lock ups in the wave editor may occur again or may be gone now, please tell about your experiences if you encountered problems before

    AudioCatalyst 2.1t (2923 KBytes) by Xing

  • 30$ shareware, Xing and AudioGrabber teamed up and the result is, guess what, a very straight and fast all-in-one cd-audio ripper / MP3 encoder
  • the trial version has two limitations: you can't encode external WAVs into MP3, you can only encode a randomly selected set of CD tracks
  • variable bit rate encoding may be a good idea, but the overall quality of Xing still can't compare with other encoders
  • the tech dates of the CD-ripper part are identical with the separate "AudioGrabber"
  • together with the CDDB support the complete package is just unbeatable in simplicity and speed (2x speed incl. ripping and encoding at my P200MMX!)
  • the XING encoder is really faaaaast, the audio quality is OK considering the speed of the encoder
  • NEW: improved support for CDDB access, 31 new genres added to ID3 tag editor, new file and folder naming format

    cdXtract 1.00 (168 KBytes) by Colin Hill

  • freeware CD-Audio grabber, supports SCSI-3/Plextor/Sony/ATAPI
  • you may correct the target ID manually if the autodetection didn't work
  • saves selected tracks or a sector range, shows actual copy speed during copy process
  • optionally kills zero-samples at the begin/end of the written track

    alternate CDFS.VXD (39 KBytes) by cyber7

  • freeware, this one is a funky little device driver which replaces the original windows CDFS.VXD, once installed it shows Audio CD's as WAV files (even in different formats and sample frequencies) in your file system
  • if it works for you (I got many mails from people who told me it does't work for them) it makes all external win95/98 CD-Audio-Rippers obsolete
  • just put it into your \Windows\System\IOSubSys directory and reboot (make a backup of the original CDFS.VXD to be on the safe side)
  • the sense? load AUDIO-TRACKS as ordinary WAVs directly into your favourite wave editor or ...
  • ... just tell your favourite MP3 encoder the name of the WAV to encode it directly instead of ripping it down to you harddisk
  • unfortunately it doesn't run under NT