Rip Your CDs

Ripping is the process in which you can copy audio track(s) from your personal CDs.

You can rip an individual song or all the tracks from a CD.  To rip a CD, click on the "Rip CD" toolbar button or click a CD tab.  ( These tabs are above the playback controls and would be called CD Drive D or CD Drive E, depending on your computer's setup.) 

After you have the CD ripping window up, you should put in a music CD to rip.  

NOTE: Another program may pop up and try to play it or record it, but you should click it away.

There are several phases to ripping a CD:

1. Identify Your CD Automatically! (Or Manually) 
2. Select Your Songs To Rip 
3. Rip Your Songs 
4. Speed Rip 

(The above shows the CD Ripping area with 9 unidentified tracks.)
If you are having problems ripping, see the troubleshooting area.

Identify Your CD
DJ Twist & Burn will automatically attempt to locate your CD through the Internet!  The software will attempt to connect with a "FreeDB" server to get the information.  

Note that you may want to switch to a closer freedb server via the Preferences.

Make sure that you are connected to the Internet before this process starts.  (It will attempt to connect to the freedb 3 times.)  There are a few different outcomes depending on the situation.

1. Your CD is identified without any problems.  (The best)
2. Your CD is identified, but there are several possible matches. 

(In this case, select the appropriate album and then click OK)

3. Your CD is identified, but there is some missing information such as the year of the CD or the genre of the CD.

(If this is the case, it will ask you if you'd like to fill in the missing info.)

4. A match could not be found and you have to enter in the information by hand!  Even this process is relatively easy!

To enter in the CD information by hand, right click on a CD track and select "Edit Tag Information".  The interface is set up so that you can enter in the artist, album, year and genre once and then simply type in each track name without leaving the window.
a. Click on the Artist area and type in the artist's name.
b. Press tab to get to the Album field or click Album and enter the album name.
c. Repeat this process for Year and Genre.
d. Then click the Title edit box and enter the title for the track
e. To get to the next track, simply click "Next >>" or Press the ALT button and the 'N' key
f. Continue until all tracks have been named and then Click the Save button!

The "Look Up" button can be used to try to identify the CD later in case the Internet was not active or the freedb server was busy, etc.

In some cases, the artist, album or track information that comes back will be partially wrong or totally wrong.  If this is the case, you should manually edit it to be correct. 

Select Your Songs To Rip
This is as simple as clicking the song so that it is "checked"

By default, DJ Twist & Burn selects all songs to rip.  

If you only wish to rip 1 or 2 tracks, simply right click on CD track list and select "Deselect All Tracks".  Then click the tracks that you'd like to rip.

If you have already ripped a track and wish to rip it again, you can click "Mark all tracks as 'un-ripped'" which will allow you to re-rip the track.

Rip Your Songs
This is as simple as clicking the "Rip Tracks" button on the window (or Ctrl+R).  Your songs will be ripped in the MP3 format by default.  To change the format, you should go into the Preferences.  (MP3, OGG, WMA and WAV can be selected.)  If the "Add ripped songs to Song List" is checked, the song will be copied to the Song List once it is completed.

Freshly ripped songs will automatically be added to your library.  The following image shows a rip in progress.

An orange color represents that a track has been ripped.

Problems can crop up when ripping!  In some cases, you may have pops or artifacts in the ripped track and in other cases; it may not be able to rip a track.  Here are some things to try.

Clean the CD, especially if it is dusty or has spilt milk on it. ;-)
If you have 2 CD drives, try ripping it in the other CD drive.  (Some drives are more tolerant of errors than others.)
If there is a lot of popping, run an anti-pop or click removal software program.  (It may not help all cases, though.)
Shut down other programs, including screen savers and virus checkers to free up your computer's resources.
Try ripping to WAV format, instead of MP3 or WMA.  (This requires less computer power.)
Change your ASPI layer.   If you are using Acoustica, try unchecking it to use the default Window's ASPI layer.
Try changing some of the ripping preferences in the Preferences.
o Changing Jitter from 'Auto' to "ON" may help.  (It will also go slower)
o Lowering the rip speed may help with errors
o Changing the error correction to retry more times may help as well.

Speed Rip
If you are interested in ripping CDs as fast as possible and size is not an issue, you should choose this option.  IE: You have lots of available hard drive space, you should choose to rip to WAV files.  Note that you will use up about 10 MB per minute of audio.

Go into the Preferences by clicking Preferences from the File menu.  Click the "Ripping Tracks" item and then click "Temporary WAV files only" or change the setting in "Store in format" to WAV.