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Getting Ready to Rip

The other day I decide that I would finally set up a computer to “rip” music from CDs, tapes, and LPs to digital format. This has been on my to-do list for quite a while.

HP-800-G1-USDTI installed Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa on a refurbished HP Elitebook 800 G1 USDT into which I’d installed 16GB of RAM and a 750 GB hard drive. The installation when very well although I had to do a little tweaking of some of my software installation scripts. They’re working right now.

I installed Asunder CD Ripper, Audacity, Brasero, EasyTAG, Normalize-audio and HandBrake. EasyMP3Gain and mp3gain are no longer available in the Mint/Ubuntu repositories so I hope Normalzize-audio will do the job. I installed HandBrake so I can rip my DVDs (for backup purposes, of course). I’ll probably add additional software as I get going. It’s been a while since I’ve ripped cassette tapes (on an old Windows machine).

As I remember, ripping tapes was a laborious process. It took 45 minutes to record one side of a 90-minute tape to a WAV file, then I had to bring it up in an audio editor to break it into individual tracks before finally converting them to mp3 files. I doubt that the process has sped up much, if at all.

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