January 20, 2019
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A long holiday break and “dry January” has given me plenty of time to finish ripping my CD collection, and as of today, I’m finished. My RAID drive is now half-full of digital music – ripped, tagged, and entered into Discogs – all for Roon to play. Hurrah!
I’ve sorted through thousands of CDs; nearly all of them I want to keep, and those that I don’t I’ve piled into two: worth selling and worthless. It’s hard to define what to not keep, but you kinda know it when you see it: Todd Rundgren compilation 2CD on Rhino, French budget CD of The Moody Blues’ Go No… you get the drift.
I’ve deleted about 50% of the mp3 I’ve ever downloaded because they’ve been replaced with a shiny disc. That’s good! I regret selling some that I used to own, and I wish I would have made a FLAC copy of the ones I only made a MP3 of; yeah, I know, that’s not “in the spirit” of copyright law, but you know what? Artists make the same on used CD purchases. But I don’t want to go there…
CDs are amazingly cheap, so cheap that I find myself scouring bargain bins and buying anything under $3-4 bucks, especially of ones I already have the vinyl of. I might not keep all of them, but that digital archive is gonna be OCD complete!
August 28, 2018
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Now that I’ve started my 14 day trial to Roon, I have begun digitizing my record collection in earnest. What fun! Not really. Pretty boring to be honest. There’s no real fast way to do it; I guess I could use one of those services – pack up my CDs and mail them to someone who will rip them – seriously, no way. So it’s to the grind: take a bunch of CDs off the shelf, open the case, open the drawer, insert, press rip, get artwork, eject, repeat. About 4,000 times.
A couple of things: First, don’t use “CD Paranoia Mode” because it’s slow. Just let them rip and deal with potential errors later. Ripping is a marathon and it isn’t pretty. Second, check metadata as you rip: titles, dates, artwork, m3u file, etc. Remember, you’re building a Library, and it’s much easier to do now than later. Third, the CDs I am ripping were all entered into discogs.com. I can sort my collection by “date entered” which approximates the listing by what’s on the shelf: very convenient for collecting artwork, checking dates etc.
Finally, rip everything, even that crappy Badfinger live CD on Ryko. If you don’t want to rip it, ditch it (and delete the files, lest you be in violation of copyright laws!). Seriously, this is a good time to pass judgment as to what is “on the shelf.” It’s also a great time to look for holes in the collection, especially with that discogs page open.
This will take substantially longer than the 14 day trial to Roon!