This email arrived from Ankur. Looks like a crowdsourcing job.
I had a few questions about CD ripping, and I figured you might have some answers. I have always ripped CDs, but over the past year I finally clued in on things like audio quality and audio formats. I was wondering, how would you recommend I rip my CDs? I am set on an uncompressed format, so WAV, AIFF, or uncompressed FLAC (I cannot decide between them, so I have settled on all three). My plan is to only use programs that utilise AccurateRip, so dBpoweramp is my first choice, and if that does not work (for example, if a disc is scratched and dBpoweramp has difficulty with it), then other backup programs are Exact Audio Copy and foobar2000.
I was also wondering if you knew much about the format Broadcast Wave Format (BWF), which from what I understand is a WAV file, but with additional information-storing capabilities, and therefore is highly regarded for archiving and professional radio practices by music archivists (for example, as mentioned in Section 2.8.2 in the IASA-TC 04 by the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives: 2: Key Digital Principles | International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives).
However, I am corresponding with dBpoweramp’s support, and when I ask them how to rip to BWF instead of WAV, they insist that BWF is lossy (and is an MP2 files wrapped as a WAV), not uncompressed or even lossless. This confuses me, as every article and forum I’ve read about BWF states that BWF is an extension or upgraded version of WAV (i.e. the exact same audio quality, so therefore uncompressed), just with additional metadata capabilities.
Also, does my internal optical drive in my computer really matter? I figure if I’my using a program with AccurateRip, then I should be good to rip away using the drive that came with my computer, correct?
Thank you for your time! I hope you might be able to answer these questions, as I have been obsessing over ripping CDs to perfection over the past year!
Cheers, Ankur Gangopadhyay
As someone who hasn’t paid much attention to CD ripping for a couple of years, I’m hesitant to offer any kind of advice. Can anyone make some recommendations to Ankur?