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EAC Setup Guide

Posted: October 14, 2010 in EAC Rips
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  1. Introduction
  2. Configuring the options
  3. Verifying or set­ting the drive options
  4. Setting the encoder options
  5. Saving the com­pres­sion options to a profile

I. Introduction

First of all you need to download this zip file, which contains:

  • EAC v. 0.99 Beta 5 Setup
  • Nero ASPI Layer (wnaspi32.dll)
  • LAME MP3 Encoders (Versions 3.97, 3.98, 3.98.2, 3.98.4)
  • FLAC Encoder v1.2.1b

The first step is installing EAC (included in the zip file)

  • After instal¬≠la¬≠tion is com¬≠plete, extract & copy wnaspi32.dll to your EAC instal¬≠la¬≠tion folder and run EAC.
  • If it prompts you to run the Configuration Wizard, click can¬≠cel then restart EAC.

Configuring the options

Press F12. You have to enter a valid email address. Select a server from the drop­down menu. The default server is high­lighted which is recommended but as you can see there are mul­ti­ple servers located all over the world. Select the one you want and click OK.

Press F9 and select the ‘Extraction’ tab. Check ‘Fill up miss¬≠ing off¬≠set sam¬≠ples with silence’ and ‘Synchronize between tracks.’ Also change the Error recov¬≠ery qual¬≠ity to High.

On the next tab General check fol­low­ing options:

  • On unknown cds auto¬≠mat¬≠i¬≠cally access online freedb data¬≠base: When you insert a cd in your drive EAC will auto¬≠mat¬≠i¬≠cally lookup the per¬≠former, album and track titles from the online freedb data¬≠base. That saves you a lot of typ¬≠ing work if the cd is found in the online data¬≠base. This option makes only sense if you have a per¬≠ma¬≠nent Internet con¬≠nec¬≠tion like DSL or cable.
  • Ask before overwriting files, in case you have another file named the same way, it won’t overwrite it.
  • Show status dialog after extraction, to make sure there were no errors.
  • When using the Power Down fea¬≠ture wait for exter¬≠nal compressors.

On the third tab Tools you also must set a few options:

  • Use CD-Text infor¬≠ma¬≠tion in CUE sheet generation
  • Optional (but recommended)– Create ‘.m3u’ playlist on extrac¬≠tion and the sub option ‘Write m3u playlist with extended infor¬≠ma¬≠tion.’ This will make EAC add addi¬≠tional infor¬≠ma¬≠tion to the playlist like the track play time.
  • Automatically write sta¬≠tus report after extrac¬≠tion. This makes EAC write a sta¬≠tus report (log file) after extrac¬≠tion in which you can find pos¬≠si¬≠ble errors and the used settings.
  • On extrac¬≠tion, start exter¬≠nal com¬≠pres¬≠sors queued in the back¬≠ground. This con¬≠trols how many com¬≠pres¬≠sor win¬≠dows will open and encode while you are rip¬≠ping. It is unnec¬≠es¬≠sary to select more than one.

  • Select the Normalize tab.
  • If Normalize is checked, then des¬≠e¬≠lect it.

  • Select the Filename tab. You’ll notice two input fields with text in them. Below you see %N – %A – %T in those fields. EAC gen¬≠er¬≠ates file¬≠names using this string which would look like Number – Artist – Title. You can exper¬≠i¬≠ment with the var¬≠i¬≠ous com¬≠bi¬≠na¬≠tions for the file¬≠name con¬≠struc¬≠tion. This is up to you but the naming scheme shown is recommended.

  • Select the Interface tab and tick ‘Installed exter¬≠nal ASPI inter¬≠face.’ This would be the wnaspi32.dll file you copied to your EAC folder after instal¬≠la¬≠tion. (If you copied the wnaspi32.dll file and you cannot tick ‘Installed exter¬≠nal ASPI inter¬≠face’ this is because you forgot to restart EAC, so restart EAC in order for the changes to happen. This sec¬≠tion is com¬≠plete. Select Ok.

Verifying or set­ting the drive options

This is one of the most impor­tant parts of the EAC configuration.

  • Press F10. Select the warn¬≠ing dia¬≠log box away.
  • Select the ‘Extraction Method’ tab. Secure Mode must be enabled! (Tick secure mode before you detect the features.)

EAC Drive Settings

  • Insert an audio into the selected drive.
  • Click Detect Read Features. You will see the fol¬≠low¬≠ing when EAC begins to ana¬≠lyze your drive and when it is complete.

  • Click apply. EAC will then ask you if you want to share the results of the test for your drive. That’s up to you. (Each CD Drive has its own features so the screen shot is just for that drive.)

Select the Drive tab.

  • Select the drop¬≠down menu and select Autodetect read command.
  • Insert an audio CD into the drive you’re configuring.
  • Select Autodetect read com¬≠mand now. After a few sec¬≠onds EAC returns the cor¬≠rect read com¬≠mand for your drive.

Select the Offset/Speed tab

  • Check ‘Use read sam¬≠ple off¬≠set correction’
  • In the input field below, enter the off¬≠set cor¬≠rec¬≠tion value for your drive which can be found on this site. If you don’t know what drive you have or what to look for, your drive will be listed at the top of the win¬≠dow below. It’s likely to be eas¬≠ier search¬≠ing for the model num¬≠bers. (e.g. DRU-720A)
  • Check ‘Allow speed reduc¬≠tion dur¬≠ing extrac¬≠tion’ and ‘CD-Text Read capa¬≠ble drive.’

Select the Gap Detection tab

  • It is rec¬≠om¬≠mended to use Detection Method A, and Secure here. Some dri¬≠ves may not use these set¬≠tings, if this is the case when you are detect¬≠ing gaps, try chang¬≠ing them.
  • Select secure in the detec¬≠tion accu¬≠racy drop¬≠down list.

Select OK.

Setting the encoder options

The con­fig­u­ra­tion of EAC and the dri­ves is done. Next step is to con­fig­ure the encoder set­tings. These dif­fer from codec to codec, but the four steps lists below will remain the same.

  • Press F11
  • Select External Compression
  • Check ‘Use exter¬≠nal pro¬≠gram for compression.
  • Select User Defined Encoder from the Parameter pass¬≠ing scheme drop¬≠down box. Use the links below to advance to your pre¬≠ferred encoder.


On the External Compression tab enter one of fol­low­ing com­mand lines in the Additional com­mand line options input field:

Settings Preset Target Bitrate Total Bitrate/Kbps Command Line
CBR 320 Insane 320 320 -b320 %s %d
VBR -V 0 Extreme 220…260 Avg. 245 -V 0 –vbr-new %s %d
VBR -V 2 Standard 170…210 Avg. 190 -V 2 –vbr-new %s %d
VBR -V 4 Medium 130…160 Avg. 160 -V 4 –vbr-new %s %d
CBR 192 CBR 192 192 -b192 %s %d
CBR Custom 256,224,160,128… Depends -b___ %s %d
VBR Custom -V 3,5,6,7,8,9 Depends -V _ –vbr-new %s %d

The first three rows are recommended.

For Custom CBR, just replace any of the values below instead of the underscore in -b___ %s %d with
Don’t recommend using bitrates lower than 128

For Custom VBR, just replace any of the values below instead of the underscore in -V _ –vbr-new %s %d with
Don’t recomment using presets lower than -V 4

  • Check if the set¬≠tings on the ID3 Tag tab page match the set¬≠tings of the screen¬≠shot below.
  • Select OK to save the set¬≠tings. Continue read¬≠ing at Saving the com¬≠pres¬≠sion options to a profile


    On the External Compression tab enter one of fol­low­ing com­mand lines in the Additional com­mand line options input field:

    Compression        Command Line:
    Level 8 (Best)¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† -8 -V -T “artist=%a” -T “title=%t” -T “album=%g” -T “date=%y” -T “tracknumber=%n” -T “genre=%m” %s

    Level 5 (Default)¬†¬† ¬† -5 -V -T “artist=%a” -T “title=%t” -T “album=%g” -T “date=%y” -T “tracknumber=%n” -T “genre=%m” %s

    8 is the best compression
    5 is the default
    0 is the fastest compression

    So the bigger the value, the better the compression

    • The Bitrate field doens’t matter, just keep it as 1024kBit/s . The bitrate of the com¬≠pressed files will be “Lossless” no mat¬≠ter the com¬≠pres¬≠sion (5/8) level used.
    • Check if the set¬≠tings on the ID3 Tag tab page match the set¬≠tings of the screen¬≠shot below.

    EAC Compression Options

    Select OK to save the set­tings. Continue read­ing at Saving the com­pres­sion options to a profile

    Saving the com­pres­sion options to a profile

    You’ve just set the options for your pre¬≠ferred encoder and now it’s time to save that con¬≠fig¬≠u¬≠ra¬≠tion to it’s very own pro¬≠file so you don’t have to go that setup again. This is espe¬≠cially con¬≠ve¬≠nient if you want to use sev¬≠eral dif¬≠fer¬≠ent encoders because each time you change the com¬≠pres¬≠sion options in EAC the old set¬≠tings will be lost. You can use one of two ways to cre¬≠ate your new profile(s). 1st Method

    • Press Shift+F2

    • Enter a name for the pro¬≠file. I sug¬≠gest nam¬≠ing it after whichever encoder it is con¬≠fig¬≠ured for. That way, there will be no con¬≠fu¬≠sion on which is which later down the road.

    • Now choose a save loca¬≠tion. There is a Profiles folder in EAC’s default instal¬≠la¬≠tion folder. (C:\Program Files\Exact Audio Copy\Profiles\)

    2nd Method

    • In the sta¬≠tus bar on the bot¬≠tom of the EAC main win¬≠dow you’ll notice
    • Load, Save, New and Delete but¬≠tons. With these but¬≠tons you can man¬≠age pro¬≠files in EAC.

    • Select the New but¬≠ton. Provide a name for the pro¬≠file, check All Compression options and select OK. You’ve cre¬≠ated and auto¬≠mat¬≠i¬≠cally saved your pro¬≠file to C:\Program Files\Exact Audio Copy\Profiles\.

    Your new pro¬≠file should now be added to the drop¬≠down box on the left of the but¬≠tons. If you have sev¬≠eral pro¬≠files in the list you can switch between those by select¬≠ing one from the list and select¬≠ing the Load but¬≠ton. The sec¬≠ond method is the bet¬≠ter of the two for it’s sim¬≠plic¬≠ity and time sav¬≠ing effec¬≠tive¬≠ness. You may now con¬≠tinue set¬≠ting another com¬≠pres¬≠sor or another pro¬≠file, or you can start using EAC.

    2. Using EAC

    Insert the cd you want to rip in your cd-rom and wait for EAC to request the cd infor­ma­tion in the online freedb data­base. Verify the titles because the infor­ma­tion is sent in by vol­un­teers to freedb and often con­tains typos.

    Ripping an audio cd

    This is the most com­mon used extrac­tion method. Repeat this process each time you rip a disc.

    • Press F4. EAC will now detect the gaps between tracks of the entire disc and shouldn’t take very long.

    • Create a CUE Sheet by select¬≠ing Action > Create CUE Sheet > Multiple WAV Files With Gaps‚Ķ (Noncompliant) from the menu bar.
    • Save the .cue in the same folder you plan to save the com¬≠pressed files in.

    • Press Shift+F6. The folder that you saved the .cue in should be show¬≠ing at this point.
    • Select Save if this is the loca¬≠tion where you indeed want to save the com¬≠pressed files.
    • Select only the wanted tracks, or none at all if you wish to rip the entire disc.

    EAC will now start the extrac¬≠tion process. It will test read each track for errors and then read, copy and then com¬≠press the track using the exter¬≠nal com¬≠pres¬≠sor. You will see another pop up dur¬≠ing extrac¬≠tion. This is the exter¬≠nal com¬≠pres¬≠sor encod¬≠ing the file. It looks just like the win¬≠dow you get by click¬≠ing Start > Run and typ¬≠ing cmd. Do not close this win¬≠dow! It will open and close as it begins and fin¬≠ishes the com¬≠pres¬≠sion, respec¬≠tively. During extrac¬≠tion you’ll some¬≠times notice red dots light¬≠ing up in the extrac¬≠tion dia¬≠log win¬≠dow and after the extrac¬≠tion com¬≠pleted you get a log with things like Peak Level and Track Quality. When a Read Error or Sync Error occurs, there’s an uncor¬≠rectable error in the read audio data. After extrac¬≠tion you’ll get a list of the exact loca¬≠tions of the sus¬≠pi¬≠cious positions.

    EAC has now com­pleted the extrac­tion process.

    • Click OK. Do not close EAC because the exter¬≠nal com¬≠pres¬≠sion quite pos¬≠si¬≠bly be a track or two behind the extrac¬≠tion process. Be sure all encod¬≠ing is fin¬≠ished before exit¬≠ing EAC. Open the folder where you saved the com¬≠pressed files. There will be a .log file. This file con¬≠tains infor¬≠ma¬≠tion such as the out¬≠put for¬≠mat, the com¬≠mand line which was used, pre-gap lengths, peak lev¬≠els, track qual¬≠ity, CRC check¬≠sums, and any errors that occurred dur¬≠ing the extrac¬≠tion. You may want to com¬≠pare the CRC check¬≠sums in the .log to the ones listed in EAC to make sure they actu¬≠ally do match. In the same folder, there should be an .m3u playlist which you can drop into the player of your choice and it will load all of the tracks for you. Congratulations! You’ve just made a proper rip.


    Password is: tnas11


    01 No Love (Clean) 05:00
    02 No Love (Dirty) 05:00
    03 No Love (Instrumental) 05:03

    TOTAL TIME…: 15:03 min
    TOTAL SIZE…..: 18,10 MB




    Ay count that money for me partner
    Ay Ross make sure that nigga got that shit right, ya hear me?
    Ay, let a motherfucker go ding, that’s a 150 thou
    Yeah, that shit should add up to about 5.4 nigga
    I’ll be right back, I‚Äôm finna go get dressed
    Tell tha nigga to gas up tha jet

    [Chorus: T.I.]
    I stay on my grind cause that come first
    If he get outta line his feelings finna get hurt
    All that’s on my mind is get that dough
    He try me imma take you places you don’t wanna go
    50, 60 stacks of more and i’m in your town
    Just to shake some booty home but it finna go down
    Hear that click clack roll, better get back fast
    Have attention when you see me pledge allegiance to the swag
    Pledge allegiance to the swag [x8]

    [Verse 1: T.I.]
    Ay, I do my thang you don’t know
    Off the motherfuckin’ chain, play the game how it go
    I ain’t in the game still imma problem on the low
    Whip them thangs well just know I know who got it for the low
    Triple O.G. so sucker free, I swear
    You don’t know me homie you can get the fuck from round here
    I don’t care who you will, who you with or who you know
    Let’s be clear, I’m a motherfuckin’ G and you a hoe
    Keep that Remy XO poured up, bankrolled, swole up
    Smell money in the air soon as I roll up, ayyy
    I’m the coolest in the city bitch
    While you lame trippin’ on that goofy stupid silly shit, hahaha
    Who you ever seen it really did, super fly filthy rich, any with it killin’ shit
    Came in that bitch with my ego and got cash
    I demand you to raise your hand and
    Pledge allegiance to the swag nigga


    [Verse 2: Rick Ross]
    Round bag of money call me David Copperfield
    A bitch will disappeal or the bitch will disappear
    We control the corners, that’s usual politics
    Push a button from the mansion, hit you with a hollow tip
    We two different niggas, I’m servin’, he sniffing his
    And I love that new Bugatti, how that bitch be shifting gears
    Movin’ how I move, I fuck with a selected few
    Aviators and Audemars, the bezel flourescent blue
    Down south nigga, had to climb up out the barrel
    Outfox these niggas, now we rock out on apparrel
    Pledge allegiance to the swag cause this shit is top notch
    Jumpin’ in and outta bitches like I’m playin’ hopscotch
    Jumpin’ in and outta sixes like I got a car lot
    And I got the type of digits that your bitch’ll dial by
    Young niggas bow down to the kings
    In the presence of a Don, pay respect, kiss my ring


    [Verse 3: T.I.]
    The Enzo off set, neck, wrist frost bit
    Deal ain’t hundred mil, you ain’t talkin’ bout shit
    Nigga wanna beef, he get the whole cal quick
    If you talking bout some paper step into my office
    On some pimp house shit, written out chicks
    Fuck ‚Äėem from behind, they be spitting out dick, blaa
    Excuse me now but if I may make an announcement
    I smoke no more but when I did I was blowin’ ounces of gas
    Ask the feds what I had when they found me
    We down with whatever, just don’t interrupt my countin’
    Ballin’ on a daily basis, call my accountant
    Only time you make it rain storin’ change in a fountain
    Flow sick, crazy, derranged, need counselin’
    He say I ain’t all that, she say I’m outstandin’
    Them lames out, G’s in, square‚Äôs outta season
    When you see my swag, nigga, pledge your allegiance


    [T.I Talking]
    Ay my n-gga I’m talking stars and stripes you know what I’m saying
    You come f-ck with me on that bullsh-t you’ll be seeing Stars and Stripes n-gga
    You understand that n-gga, say I’m lying, think its a game if you want to partna
    Ay Ross I see you my n-gga, I bump that Maybach music my n-gga when I’m playing music in my Maybach, ya dig
    Ay listen, all you other sucker ass n-gga homeboys
    I don’t see you dawg, you transparent, translucient dawg
    My n-gga get out my way n-gga let money get through here dawg, you understand
    Say you n-ggas aint even on my muthaf-cking resume dawg
    Ay my n-gga, if I did take you out the game my nigga it was my motherf-ckin’ pleasure to motherf-ckin’ move you out my God Damn way you know what I‚Äôm sayin’ n-ggas say no more homes
    Nigga you could have died in the hand of another man, you know what I’m saying
    N-gga I’m the best thing that ever happen to you, n-gga
    You know, say homeboy
    N-gga my worst muthf-cking mistake was the best you could ever hope for nigga you understand that
    I forgot more sh-t than you could ever remember n-gga
    I got more money in my muthaf-cking chain draw than you got in your God damn bank roll n-gga
    N-gga anytime you want to n-gga, I match my change to your mutha-fcking dollars nigga see who come up first know what I’m saying
    Big bank take little bank n-gga wassup n-gga?
    These n-ggas thought I was just talkin when I came in this muf-cka talkin that Cage sh-t n-gga
    Look at me know n-gga what you see n-gga?
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
    Get your pen out take notes nigga
    Don’t Hate n-gga! Ha!
    F-ck that bullsh-t, Partna.
    It’s the muf-cka…
    Ay man, Jay.. Ay, Jay talkin bout..
    Jay say he made the Blueprint my n-gga
    This the muthaf-ckin’ Foundation n-gga, ok?
    Yeah, everything else would be built up off of this sh-t n-gga
    All Ready yeah, yeah
    Say no more n-gga everything understood don’t need to be explained
    Ross I got you n-gga, say no more
    It’s all good my n-gga
    Grand Hustle, PSC For Life Bitch N-gga!
    West Side!
    It’s on one bank here n-gga
    Count, I told you! Didn’t I muthaf-ckin’ tell you? yeah!
    Aight then, I’ll holla at ya’ll n-ggas on the motherf-cking Flipside n-gga!
    A hundred million plus, a bus n-gga, bitch n-gga!