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Rip CDs


If you are going to rip your music then you should do it once and do it the best available way.  Using the ripper in your Antipodes, or using the P1 with an Antipodes makes sure of that.

To get the best possible rip, you need to use the right software and the right hardware, and we have selected that for you.

Some ripper drives are not appropriate for ripping your music.  Some have lasers and servos that are not precise enough to read damaged or poorly pressed disks accurately, and so will use a lot of error correction.  Some high priced rippers are designed for a fast and certain rip by building error correction into the process, regardless of the ripper software used.  You don’t want either of those things happening.

The ripper in the P1 has incredibly high precision servo and laser electronics, able to read pits 100 times smaller than the pits on a CD.

The ripper software runs in a form of paranoid mode.  What this means is that every sector is read at least twice.  If the two reads match perfectly with each other then the process moves on to the next sector.  If they do not match perfectly then the read speed is reduced and two more reads are made.  The process of reducing speed is continued until two identical reads are made.  This inevitably means the ripper process will take at least twice the time you are used to with ripping.  Instead of rips happening in 3 to 5 minutes, they will take 6 to 10 minutes or even longer if the disk is difficult to get a perfect read from.

The fact that rips are taking longer with the Antipodes solution indicates deficiencies in your other ripping options, not the reverse.

Other software settings are biased towards getting a perfect rip, by preventing error correction.  This may mean a small percentage of your disks may not rip.  In such a case you can rip on a more forgiving device and copy the files to the Antipodes.  We think this is better than compromising the other 90%+ rips in order to rip 100% of your disks.

Connect your USB optical drive to any of the blue ports of a CX or EX, or any of the USB ports on earlier models, but do not connect to the USB Audio output ports.

To rip a CD just insert the CD (label up) into the Antipodes, and wait until the CD ejects.  The software has a time-out period where the disc may eject before the CD is completely ripped.  This is a safety precaution in case you leave a very difficult CD in the tray and leave it for a long period, which might result in damage to the ripper.  If the disc ejects before completing the rip you can re-insert the disc to continue/complete the rip.

You can also specify whether music is ripped to compressed FLAC (to save space), or uncompressed FLAC (to optimise playback sound quality – and we highly recommend you use this setting). To change this setting, click on ‘Settings’ menu in the Antipodes Control Panel and then click the CD Import icon. At the screen below, select the FLAC compression setting and then ‘Save Changes’.

Some Antipodes music servers have integrated rippers, but you can add an Antipodes P1 Platform to add auto-ripping to a CX or EX. You can also add your own USB CD optical drive to use the CD Import application, simply by attaching it to a spare USB port.

To observe the ripping progress, click on ‘Apps’, then on the ‘CD Import’ icon.

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