Rip or Copy?


Please, what is the difference? I really am not tech up to date at all but thought to make (near) perfect copies of a CD or DVD or even Blu-ray I would need a quality recorder. Help please.
ptss
You didn't get the answer on the last thread or was it too confusing? Let's only talk about CD. It's all done on your computer using ripping software which "rips" the music off the original CD and deposits it onto your computer. On your computer you now have a file containing the title of the CD and the songs included. This file will appear in itunes if you have a Mac.
The most important step is to get a free download or purchase a good ripping program such as dbPoweramp or JRiver; there are many others. These programs have different settings for the highest quality transfers.

So thats the RIP. Now to to make a copy, insert a new audio CD into the computer drive and using settings in the computer, you transfer your new CD file onto the Audio CD. The software settings allow for more accurate transfers to get the best possible copy.

The quality of the disk being used can make a difference in sonics and so can the brand of ripping software and it's interface with your computer.

Next lesson can be DVD/Bluray.
Thanks Lowrider. I understand now. I apologize for being unclear. I should have stated I wanted to make a copy of CD's,DVD's and Blu-Rays; but keep the copies on some type of storage and management device, not make more CD's,DVD's. And be able to play off the storage device with excellent quality. I imagine a computer would do this but I thought those fussy about sound would be using something better. I'd like to program what's played back in the simplest possible way. I imagine I would also need a DAC to do this.
that's right. A computer or typically a dedicated computer/hardrive is used. This is because you don't want other programs and files that take up space on your HD slowing down or interfering with your music ripping and data storage; it should only be music files stored on your HD. A dedicated computer can give you very high quality music.

There are many threads in the archive regarding setting up a computer audio system. And the DAC is such an important choice. You'll find the term asynchronous and "jitter" mentioned. An asynchronous DAC with high jitter correction in simple terms means that it is keeping all the 0s and 1s locked together so they arrive at the next component in sync. You've heard that digital "glare" or harshnes; that is coming from a DAC or CDP with poor jitter control.

Many people here can get you started setting up computer audio. I am not there yet, I have so much invested in Redbook CDs and a high-end ARC CDP and I mix between vinyl and CD. I have, however, ripped many CDs to repair skips or make copies.

If you would still like me to show you the basics of ripping using itunes, I would be more than happy to. Ripping with itunes is like the intro course to more advanced rip software.
"I should have stated I wanted to make a copy of CD's,DVD's and Blu-Rays; but keep the copies on some type of storage and management device, not make more CD's,DVD's. And be able to play off the storage device with excellent quality. I imagine a computer would do this but I thought those fussy about sound would be using something better."

That's how we took it. We knew that you would most likely be storing your ripped music on something like a hard drive.

Go to this website and download and install EAC.

http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/

After that, go to this website for step by step instructions on how to set EAC up to get the best sound quality.

http://www.angelfire.com/magic2/hq-audio/l/eac-setup-all.html

For CD's, at least, that's all you need to do. You can't get any better quality as long as you follow the instructions. The best part is that EAC is free. Give it a try. I think that once you setup and use the software, you'll see the value in it almost immediately.
Thanks again. I have about a 3/4 yr old Lenovo laptop. I'll check the model and details tonight. Isn't iTunes just for apple? I do remember reading about Berkely dac using JRiver or something upgradable within their dac, something used in computers. I really gave this area no thought until now. Now retired with the Stingray music service on cable it's become very interesting. The Baroque and chamber music channels have so much I've never heard. I'd like to make it easy for me to create my own playlists and easily categorize and access just what I want.
iTunes comes in versions compatible w mac or pc. There are DACs that accept a USB input from your pc and many of the smaller/less expensive ones like the AQ Dragonfly or the HRT II+ offer very good SQ. You can try computeraudiophile.com for more information.
Thanks Swampwalker. I will check it. (Ive been an avid backcountry hiker +skier; if there were swamps here I'd be out in them, fishing and hunting. I'm assuming your name is related.)
It seems that exactaudiocopy is for Windows only.

JRiver and XLD are for Mac and easy to use.
(I only found exactaudiocopy in beta test).
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Thanks again. I have about a 3/4 yr old Lenovo laptop. I'll check the model and details tonight. Isn't iTunes just for apple?"

You can use iTunes for Windows, but unless you really need to for some reason, I wouldn't. iTunes seems to have a mind of its own when it comes to tagging, and it doesn't support some of the very popular codex's like FLAC, for commercial reasons. For the time being, you can download a free program called Foobar2000. It can do everything iTunes can do and more. Jriver is nice. I have that one as well, but you have to pay for it and its really not necessary just yet. Its very easy to switch from one player to the next. Right now, I would be concerned with properly ripping your CD's.

Your laptop is OK for ripping. EAC has a calibration feature for your optical drives. If, for some reason, something is wrong with it and can't get perfect rips, the software will tell you. I use a $25 Asus DVD drive I bought from Tiger Direct. Its works fine for this.
Ptss- I'm a consulting wetland scientist.
Zd I appreciate your consideration. All very helpful in my discovery of the new way to record and organize.
Hi Swampwalker. My very best friend from university days worked for the Ontario government in the fish and game department. I must go just now, more later.