[PLUG-TALK] Digitizing Records on a Linux Box

John Jason Jordan johnxj at comcast.net
Mon Feb 18 17:36:13 PST 2008

On Mon, 18 Feb 2008 14:52:49 -0800
"Richard C. Steffens" <rsteff at comcast.net> dijo:

> Rich Shepard wrote:
> > On Mon, 18 Feb 2008, Paul Mullen wrote:
> >> arecord is dirt simple to use. The following records in so-called "CD
> >> quality" to a plain WAV file, with a time limit of 45 minutes:
> >    OK. This is all new to me, so I'll take everyone's advice.
> We tried several settings, when converting from wav to mp3, and found
> that we could not tell the difference between full CD quality (320 kbps)
> and 256 kbps. I've heard folks claim that 192, or 128 kpbs are good
> enough. Your ear mileage will vary, depending on the kind of music you
> listen to, and probably your ears, too. For us, listening primarily to
> classical music, 192 kbps was not as good as 256.

I have gotten perfect MP3s from lame with the following:

lame --vbr-new -B 320 /home/jjj/cdda.wav /home/jjj/happyfunfile.mp3

Where cdda.wav is the file created by cdparanoia and happyfunfile is
the name I want to give to the MP3. Note that the above command will
use 320 kbps if needed to preserve quality, but otherwise will drop to
whatever preserves the same quality. The resulting MP3 is perfect with
no loss of quality, but is much smaller than an MP3 encoded completely
at 320 kbps. For symphonies and operas I find that it averages about
200 kbps, although occasionally I see it bump up to as much 280.

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