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    Question Converting CDs to .mp3

    Wanting to convert my CDs to .mp3 for my girl friend.
    Don't quite understand if it can be done with Pro Tools 5.1 .... or NO?

    Or, what's needed to pull this off?
    Haven't messed with any audio in some time.

    Got involved with "watercolor painting" along with "photography".

    Thanks, h

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    is something wrong with iTunes?
    Damien,

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    I never have used iTunes .... tell me more if you have time.

    I will start checking it out.

    Can't believe after all these years ... I haven't even opened it up and looked at it.

    DAMN ..................... am I dumb or what?

    h

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    Not much to tell

    Open iTunes, insert CD, Choose Import CD

    then you can alter your import settings if you like. You only have to do this if you want to change the settings from what they were last time. Apple uses AAC which is better sound at the same bit rate than mp3 but very slightly less compatible with older/odd devices. You can also use Lossless but these files are large (5MB a minute) and not suited to portable devices with limited memory. Near cd quality though. AIFF is even larger file size and IS cd quality. Of course you can use MP3 which is universally supported (unless you are microsoft) and a fairly decent tradeoff between compression and quality

    I prefer (after the import settings are the way I like them) to make a new playlist before importing then insert the cd and just drag all the tunes from the cd to the new playlist. That way they are already in a list and you don't have to hunt through your entire library of songs for the ones you just imported
    Damien,

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    Sounds too easy .... but then again it's a mac.
    I'll be on it tonight, let you know later!

    Thanks, h

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    Meant to ask, but posted too soon.
    Can the same thing be done with DVDs for just the audio.
    No doubt a little more involved I'll bet!

    h

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    Which do or would you use for just being played through an Ipod.

    You said: "Apple uses AAC which is better sound at the same bit rate than mp3 but very slightly less compatible with older/odd devices".

    That one sounds the best .... but what do I know.
    I really haven't listened to many .mp3s'

    Got an opinion?

    h

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    If you are space constrained and will be using Apple products only (or are sure your device plays AAC) then I would use AAC 128bit. Higher bit rate means higher quality but also means larger file size.
    Damien,

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    OK, I'll be back after I thoroughly check it out ..........
    thanks, h

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    128 is fine for an iPod unless you are an audio bigot like me. I find that 192 is good for most stuff on the iPod. It depends on how you're using it. With an FM transmitter 128 is OK. Direct out into a quality system 192 minimum for most stuff though you'll still get some noticeable artifacts on top.

    Experiment with VBR MP3s. It works well for for a lot of heavily compressed stuff (rock), but not so much on highly dynamic music(classical). Depending on the source material it can gain you little more space, but beware of the "swirlies", and the odd crackling with cheaper devices.

    Oh, and make sure you go into iTunes preferences & turn off all the "enhancement" crap so you can really hear what you're listening to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.Brane View Post
    Oh, and make sure you go into iTunes preferences & turn off all the "enhancement" crap so you can really hear what you're listening to.
    This is important when doing your testing even if you turn some of it back on later.

    Quote Originally Posted by M.Brane View Post
    128 is fine for an iPod unless you are an audio bigot like me.
    You too, huh? I recently re-encoded all my stuff to Apple Lossless unless it was special (classical, Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons etc.) and that stuff got aiff encoding. This was in response to finally getting good gear for playback and actually being able to hear the difference with compression
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    I knew there was more to it than being simple.
    Thanks for that information!

    Actually, I said I never even opened iTunes.
    Slipped my mind, I used to listen to the radio stations.

    Never tried the "play list" or recording.
    It will "no doubt" take a while to get up to speed.

    I'll be back!

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    I'm on OS X.4.11, can't see anything as you described.

    h

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    In that OS your import settings are likely in the iTunes Preferences and the burn playlist option is a button on the bottom right of the iTunes window. The + button in the bottom left creates a new playlist
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    Which version of iTunes? They have changed/moved some things in later versions.

    I'm using 8.2.1 myself. The import settings are under iTunes>Preferences>General the sound enhancer/sound check settings are under iTunes>Preferences>Playback

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.Brane View Post
    Which version of iTunes? They have changed/moved some things in later versions.

    I'm using 8.2.1 myself. The import settings are under iTunes>Preferences>General the sound enhancer/sound check settings are under iTunes>Preferences>Playback
    And then there's the Equalizer and the preamp that is associated with it. Under the 'window" menu
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    Good point I forgot about the EQ because I rarely use it. I think it's off by default, but it never hurts to double-check.

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    Default If your on the G4 then this might not help.

    My iTune is a bloated 10.5 version and 10.6.8 OS I find this on it.

    I'm using 8.2.1 myself. The import settings are under iTunes>Preferences>General> I get the attached after clicking Import Settings. It's a few windows.

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    If you rip your own CDs you'll want to check that box for error correction. No errors no real performance hit, but if there are you'll be glad you had it checked off.

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    Damn, you guys are "too much"!

    So, I guess if I'm going to use 8.2.1, I'd better upgrade to 10.x .... correct?

    Think I have it on a HD ..... not positive though.

    I'll check around and see If I can find it ..... thanks, h

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