03-10-2009 04:49 PM
What is the simplest way to rip an audiobook from multiple CDs and end up with 1 or 2 files that would each play for 5-6 hours, similar to an Audible book? I have access to many books on CD, but do not want hundreds (or more) tracks.
03-10-2009 04:53 PM
There are some programs that will merge files. I use Audacity but thats a bit harder, a quick serach of the board suggestes mp3 merge is a good program. Just google it.
Did you notice this forum has a search function? Its not impossible to figure that someone else asked your question before you did, and we have answered it(probably multiple times). Check it out! Or Check out the Knowledge Base
03-11-2009 06:20 AM - edited 03-11-2009 06:39 AM
I understand your hesitancy with free downloads. However, there are many well-established tag editors that are safe to download, based on significant user experience.
MP3Tag is one of them; The Godfather another.
As to tutorials, there are many out there; you could try a search engine search. Here are a few, on ripping music and on tagging files--they're not perfect, but a start. Actually using the programs and their included help files--which I greatly recommend you read, as the product manuals--will help.
http://openjesus.net/2008/06/30/tagging-your-podcast-with-mp3tag/ (Much of this tutorial is purpose-specific (including the use of a specific configuration file, which I would ignore), but it gives you a general overview as well.)
Message Edited by Miikerman on 03-11-2009 06:39 AM
09-28-2009 11:30 AM
I have developed a technique that works with some success. I rip the CDs using EZ_DAX (ezcddadax.exe) which is the best ripper I've found so far. Originally it was called Free CD_DA extractor but now the author wants a bit of money
(not much tho). I organize my library as <audiobooks>/<author>/<bookname>/<Disk ID>/<track id>. For disc name I use
D01, ...,Dnn. ez_cd-da gives some choice in track name but I use "num". I rip the tracks into wave (.wav), then convert them into .MP3 (24 kbs) for form and size, using Music Match Jukbox. Voice doesn't need 160 kbs to sound good on a Sansa Clip.
I then use Visual MP3 splitter & Joiner to combine the tracks into disk sized MP3 files. A couple of times I have combined these into full audio books. Its almost a 700 mile drive to visit My oldest son's place. Audio books are a great way to ward off the drowseys.
10-01-2009 10:19 AM
I was successful using iTunes today and then copied them to my Clip. Reply to this post if you still need assistance. It's been awhile since your original post.
Sansa Clip - 2GB Black
Macbook Pro w/retina
10-02-2009 09:35 AM
Hi, sorry if I'm thread stealing but i'm in the same boat so to speak....
I'm a scifi audiobook junky and want to check out the cd's from the library and play them on my clip.
I finally got my music mp3's the way I like them using this guide for "uber" eac with lame:
And I figured out how to merge all the (selected) tracks on a disc into one file and compress it (with LAME) into an MP3. This is located under Action > Copy Image and Create Cue Sheet > Compressed. Each file ends up being 64mb (115min).
The problem is I know I'm making way too big of files "too high bit rate vbr's" and besides that I still havent figured out how I should be saving the files in the folder so I can load it onto my clip and it will play for example "ender's game disk1 then disk2, disk3 etc.....
is there a way to change the additional command line option that is now set to "-V2 %s %d" for my music to something better suited for audiobooks, and then I can save a audiobook profile in eac for them?
Or is there more to change?
sorry this is all new to me.
Or should I just use itunes for my audiobooks? but did'nt I read you cant merge mp3's on itunes only their aa type files? do clips even play those?
any help much appreciated
10-02-2009 09:55 AM
I don't understand your question concerning the file size, I'm not technically keen, but these are the instructions that I followed to use my Mac OSX - version 10.4.1 - iTunes version 9 - to convert audiobook CD's to MP3's. The only step that was different was where it reads "AAC", my choice was "MP3".I also did not understand the reference to "Gracenote" but it didn't make a difference to me.
These instructions are on a website, but when I went to locate the URL today, I couldn't find it. They were also posted on an audiobook forum within a knitting community (the two interests play nicely together):
Put a disk in the computer: When iTunes asks if you want to import the book, say No. Then click on all the tracks (command-A), so they’re all highlighted. Click on the Advanced tab and choose “Join Tracks”. That will make all the tracks on the CD into one, so you don’t have 1-minute or 3-minute tracks. Then Click on the Advanced tab again and choose “Create AAC version”. Depending on the speed of your computer, it should take about 12-15 minutes to do one CD. You can only do this when you upload the CD, you can’t do it for books you’ve already uploaded. Though if you own the CDs, you can re-upload and do this.
I hope this helps. Reply again if you need more help
Sansa Clip - 2GB Black
Macbook Pro w/retina
10-07-2009 07:58 AM
Hi and thanks,
I have been experimenting with itunes using others suggestions for audiobooks.
The audiobook I ripped is origionaly recorded in stereo, with sound effects and background music etc.... so I did custom import settings
mp3 encoder :
stereo bit rate: 64 kbps
sample rate: 44 khz
stereo mode: joint stereo
with smart encoding adjustments
and filter frequencies below 10 khz
which makes it say "optimized for mmx/sse"
After ripping it turns out:
Xenocide 11/16 (1:15:27)
Orson Scott Card
Kind: MPEG audio file
size 59.1 mb
bit rate: 109 kbps (vbr)
sample rate 44.100 khz
Format MPEG-1, Layer 3
Channels: Joint Stereo
ID3 Tag v2.2
Encoded with: Itunes 9.0.1
Does this look right? or is there a better way?
I also have notticed that the files will go into my clips audiobooks file but will not play one after each other,
for example I can play Xenocide 11/16, but when it reaches the end it will not automaticly go into 12/16.
Is this due to a tagging error?
I also suspect that itunes is clipping a few seconds off the end of each disk when it ripps because the mpegs seem to cut off oddly at the end.
10-07-2009 08:26 AM - edited 10-07-2009 09:40 AM
I figured out that I was making the mistake of tagging the album name with the disk 01/16 etc .. so they wernt going in to each other and I was ending up with 16 albums for each book.
so I edited them all, deleted the year info and changed each to track 1/1 just to be safe.
hmm no matter how carefully I name the albums I end up with at least one that wont merge into the others,
I think itunes might be bugged!
Message Edited by solchitlins on 10-07-2009 09:40 AM