Exact Audio Copy (including CDRDAO and Flac packages) software is a so called audio grabber for audio CDs using standard CD and DVD-ROM drives.
It works with a technology, which reads audio CDs almost perfectly. If there are any errors that can’t be corrected, it will tell you on which time position the (possible) distortion occurred, so you could easily control it with e.g. the media player.
Exact Audio Copy can make use of a plugin that accesses the professional GD3 database that provides CD metadata like track titles and cover images. You can test drive the plugin by selecting the GD3 provider in the main window using the metadata drop-down button.
Exact Audio Copy includes the CDRDAO CD write engine. CDRDAO need an additional library, the Cygwin emulation layer. In newer versions the FLAC command line encoder is also included.
Features of Exact Audio Copy:
- All kinds of CD and DVD drives are supported (including USB, Firewire, SATA and SCSI drives)
- Hidden sector synchronization (jitter correction)
- A secure, a fast and a burst extraction methods selectable. Fast extraction should run at the same speed as other grabbers with jitter correction, but is probably not exact anymore. Burst mode just grabs the audio data without any synchronization.
- Detection of read errors and complete losses of sync and correction in the secure mode, as far as possible
- Output of time positions of all non-exact corrections and the possibility to listen to these positions
- EAC is able to copy ranges of music data, not only tracks
- Automatic speed reduction on read errors and fallback to a higher speed afterwards (depends on the used drive)
- Volume normalization of extracted audio to a given percentage
- Usage of the Windows Audio Compression manager (ACM Codecs) for direct compression to e.g. MP3 waves
- Support for the LAME DLL that is usable like an ACM Codec for on-the-fly MP3 compression
- Support of external MP3, WMA, flac and OggVorbis encoders for automatic compression after extraction (supports multi-processor environments)
- Batch compression to WAV files and decompression of supported encoded files to WAV
- Compression offset support for exact compression/decompression
- Detection of pre-track gaps (positions where negative track times runs towards 00:00:00)
- Detection of silence in pre-track gaps
- Automatic creation of CUE sheets for Burnnn, Feurio, Nero or even EAC, which can include all gaps, indicies, track attributes, UPC and ISRC and also CD-Text for an exact copy
- CD player functionality and prelistening to selected ranges
- Automatic detection of drive features, whether a drive has an accurate stream and/or does caching
- Sample offsets for drives with noaccurate streams, including the option of filling up missing samples with silence
- Synchronizing between tracks for non-accurate stream drives
- Trackname editing with local/remote CD databases support and more features like ID3 tagging
- Browse and edit local database
- Certified Escient CDDB Compatible
- Local CDDB support
- Record and loop record functions for recording from LP, radio, etc.
- Automatic renaming of MP3 files accordingto their ID3 tag
- Catalog extraction function (e.g. first 20 seconds of a track)
- Multisession (CD-Extra) support
- CD-Text support
- CD-Write support for some drives (internally and using CDRDAO)
- ID3 V1.1 tag editor with drag and drop ability from track listing and CD database browser
- Glitch removal after extraction
- Small WAV editor with the following functionality: delete, trim, normalize, pad, glitch removal, pop detection, interpolation of ranges, noise reduction, fade in/out, undo (and much more)
- Program is free for personal use, so feel free to copy
- After freedb was closed down, EAC needed a replacement for the standard metadata provider. Therefore gnudb.org was implemented as a replacement.
- Furthermore, some problems with the second command line encoder and the Musicbrainz plugin were fixed (as well as some other minor bugs like replacing spaces with underscores).
What’s New in Exact Audio Copy 1.5:
- All major problems fixed.
What’s New in Exact Audio Copy 1.4:
- It is possible to use two command line encoders for compression
- The second compressor has separate file naming conventions
- The freedb++ plugin has been replaced by a MusicBrainz plugin (the official freedb will cease to exist)
- The cover downloader in the plugin has been updated to find again more images
- The lyrics downloader in the plugin has been made to work again
- The profiles data format has changed, but it is possible to load profiles from version 1.3
- Removed a problem with the metadata plugins, possibly crashing EAC at the end of a rip
- Fixed the problem of no length information (TLEN) in the last track if EAC writes the ID3V2 tag
What’s New in Exact Audio Copy 1.3:
- Fixed several issues with the CDRDAO burning component
- Updated the cover search in the freedb++ metadata provider
- Fixed defect EAC menu for beginner mode
- Different handling of track selection. Several selected tracks can be checked at once
- Different handling of track selection. Playback will only playback selected track instead of checked tracks
- AcoustID plugin will be pre-selected on installation
- Function “Upper all first characters” will not upper after a number (e.g 8th)
- CUE sheets will receive the composer as remark
- Fixed a very rare occurring problem of not finding an AR checksum for a given track
- Fixed a rare occurring problem of not finding a read command
Homepage – http://www.exactaudiocopy.de
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (32-bit, 64-bit).
Size: 4.85 MB