abcde – A Better CD Encoder

abcde is a open source shell script that grabs an entire CD (or specified tracks) and compresses it to Ogg/Vorbis, MP3, FLAC, Ogg/Speex and/or MPP/MP+(Musepack) format adding tags to each track all in one go.

This software reads digital audio directly from a CD (with no analog step between), then writes the data to a file or pipe in WAV, AIFC or raw 16 bit linear PCM format.

abcde was designed to be a minimalistic, high-quality CD ripper to compensate for and adjust to poor hardware to produce a flawless rip.

Features include:

  • CDDB or Musicbrainz query over the Internet to look up your CD or use a locally stored CDDB entry, or read CD-TEXT from your CD as a fallback for track information.
  • Grabs an audio track (or all the audio CD tracks) from your CD.
  • Normalizes the volume of the individual file (or the album as a single unit).
  • Compress to Ogg/Vorbis, MP3, FLAC, Ogg/Speex, MPP/MP+(Musepack), M4A and/or Opus format(s), all in one CD read.
  • Supports WavPack.
  • Comment or ID3/ID3v2 tag.
  • Give an intelligible filename.
  • Calculates replaygain values for the individual file (or the album as a single unit).
  • Deletes the intermediate WAV file (or save it for later use).
  • Repeats until finished Do a CDDB or Musicbrainz query over the Internet to look up your CD or use a locally stored CDDB entry, or read CD-TEXT from your CD as a fallback for track information.
  • m3u playlists.
  • Distributed remote encoding.
  • Encoder nicing.
  • Supports SMP systems to speed up encoding.
  • Supports mkcue to create a CUE sheet.
  • Algorithms to schedule ripping and encoding – to optimize for disk conservation.

Website: abcde.einval.com
Support:
Developer: Robert Woodcock, Jesus Climent, Colin Tuckley, Steve McIntyre
License: GNU GPL v2

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