You could also use EAC .. IT's a little bit difficult to set up for a newbie though .. there web page has a lot of tutorials on it ..
There are a lot of files out there - you just have to do a serach for them .. but in anycase CDex and EAC are the best choices . .
Then if you happen to have Easy CD Creator 6 you can use it also .. just open the audio central and at the top select tools/options, then select emcoding, select the bitrate - 192 is the best, then select general and put a check in automatically look up cd info, then select apply, then select o.k ..
After you did that put the cd in ,, when they show up in the window just check them all and at the bottom you will see a book with an arrow going into it, it's the second one in from the left .. select that and it will encode it to your my music folder ...
This dose'nt use lame, but the sound aulity is faitly good ..
Hope this helps .. it's quite easy once you do a couple of them ..
when nero 6 comes out it is suppost to have the same option ... I can't wait for this
2. Go to http://mitiok.cjb.net/ and download the lastest stable build of LAME MP3 Encoder. This is arguably the best encoder out there for MP3. It's the one I like the best.
3. Install Exact Audio Copy, make note of the directory that it installs the files to, you'll have to go there in the next step.
4. Unzip the LAME file that you downloaded. Pluck out the lame_enc.dll and move it to the directory where Exact Audio Copy installed to.
5. Launch EAC. Go through the little wizard it presents about your CD-ROM drive. Do NOT setup LAME as an external decoder.
6. Go to EAC in the toolbar, then Compression Options, and under the Waveform tab select Wave format as LAME MPEG Layer-3 Encoder v3.93 DLL v1.32
7. Choose the Sample format that you want. *I* use Minimum 192kBit/s VBR, 44,100Hz, Stereo. The files are a little bigger than usual, but it makes up in sound quality. For playing back on your home stereo or good speaker system on your computer, I'd highly recommend this format. For portable players, you might want to choose 128kBit/s or even lower. Drive space is cheap these days
8. Check the box "Add ID3 tag" and "Do not write WAV header to file" and in the "File extension for headerless files" type .mp3 Nick: This is important, if you miss this, the file will be a WAV.
9. Under the ID3 Tag tab, change the "Construction of filenames from ID3 tags" to whatever you want. Just follow the instructions.
10. Pop in a CD, click the CD button right above where the tracknames would be and that will go to the internet and get all the tracknames and stuff.
11. Click the MP3 to your left and go get a drink.
256kbps is the CD Quality bitrate. However, to us mere humans we can't tell the difference between 192 and 256 let alone 192 and 320kbps. (Well some of the more well trained ears can but thats assuming everything is at optimal condititions, and unless you have THX quality speakers or at least some mid range Seinheissers.... don't bother)
192kbps VBR is the be all and end all bitrate for mp3. (With LAME of course) It compensates for silent/less technical parts of the song and it also compensates for the more technical parts of music by increasing the bitrate even till 320kbps with 192kbps being the median bitrate of the song.
However, if you are true audiophile you won't even deal with lossy compression schemes and would probably go for Monkey Audio which is easist described as being WinZip for WAVE files. Its a true copy and doesn't lose any information. Of course it compresses better than WinZip does =P
And of course, theres the people who like to advocate WMA. So WMA is user friendly with it being available with WMP. The problem is, WMA has a very tinny quality to it. Compare a WMA with a decent Lame MP3 or Ogg Vorbis and you will hear it.
Ogg Vorbis imho is the winner out of all these formats. It compresses at a better ratio so you get higher quality sound at the same bitrate. Its open source and will never require money for it. The all wise Fraunhaufer is starting to claim royalities on mp3 players in all shapes and sizes. This may mean we will be playing mp3's only on WMP if AOL decide it doesn't want to fork out more money for WinAmp.
Microsoft in its wisdom will not allow its codec to be ported to any other platform other than windows. Anyone else also have a copy protected WMA that doesn't play anymore since they formatted?
Ogg Vorbis is supported on ALL platforms. Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Unix and even OS/2 lol. And due to its open source nature, money will not be charged for it. Well... ain't this a kick in the ass.
You can also have "Extreme Settings" - What this does is fluctuate the bitrate - it takes out all the low low frequencies and cuts the blank spaces during a song out making the file smaller and more clear .. I found in some cases you can tell tle the diff in the fluctuation while listening to the song ..