[PLUG-TALK] Digitizing Records on a Linux Box

Andrew Becherer andrew at becherer.org
Mon Feb 18 17:58:29 PST 2008


On 2/18/08, John Jason Jordan <johnxj at comcast.net> wrote:
> 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

Variable Bit Rate (VBR) is great but one caveat, if your digital audio
player was manufactured before 2006 be sure it supports VBR. Almost
all new players support VBR but many older players only support
Constant Bit Rate (CBR).

-- 
Andrew Becherer



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