Quote: Originally Posted by scabrous1
My questions are:
1)what are the best utilities that will allow me to duplicate an audio cd either to another physical cd or to an ISO file?
2)What are the best utilities for ripping lots of CDs to digital format - I want something that will allow me to control/manage the files on disk, and to easily edit the meta information for a given cd. Itunes and windows media player are of course out. I would also really like to be able to control not only bit rate, but also sound levels in the ripping.
ImgBurn is a frequent recommendation for duplicating all types of discs. I use it with no problems or errors.
I don't do a lot of ripping, but use CDex when I do. No problems there either, but I don't recall any control for sound levels. You can rip to WAVE or to mp3 as I recall.
Another popular ripping choice is Exact Audio Copy. Exact Audio Copy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
General advice is to rip to lossless when possible and then convert the lossless files to the lossy format of your choice with your chosen bitrate.
I use mp3tag to control the data, but don't know if you plan mp3s.