MF DIGITAL Ripstation v4.4 User manual

Ripstation v4.4.13.0
Operating Manual
Ripstation
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Authors: Robert Warnock & Patrick McGrath
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Overview
Ripstation v4.4 is a suite of software to allow for batch transfer and encoding of CD
material to digital music files utilising MF Digital’s 7600 series robotic autoloaders.
The application operates on the Windows XP Platform.
The product is designed for use by individuals, system integrators and service providers
and offers flexibility, ease of use and high throughput at the core of its operation.
Ripstation 4.4 is licensed on a seat or site license basis as selected by MF Digital's clients
and subject to the conditions laid down in the applicable license agreement.
This document provides a user manual to allow basic and advanced operation as well as
customisation of all parameters, set up and use of robotics.
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1.0 HARDWARE INSTALLATION
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1.1 ROBOTIC HARDWARE
1.2 STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE OF ROBOTIC HARDWARE – 7602/4
1.2.1 STEP ONE – REMOVE THE PACKING CONSTRAINTS
1.2.2 STEP TWO– PLUG IN THE PERIPHERALS
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2.0 RIPSTATION QUICK START GUIDE
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3.0 MAIN USER GUIDE
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3.1 KEY FEATURES
3.2 SUPPORTED CODECS AND BIT RATES
3.3 RIPSTATION V4.4 MAIN SCREEN
3.3.1 BUTTON AND SCREEN OPERATIONS
3.3.1.1 Group 1: Button Controls
3.3.1.2 Group 2: CD-ROM Drive Display Bar
3.3.1.3 Group 3: Cover art Preview
3.3.1.4 Group 4: Metadata Preview
3.3.1.5 Group 5: Batch Status Window
3.3.1.6 Group 6: Internet and metadata provider Connection Status Window
3.3.1.7 Group 7: Batch Logging Window
3.3.2 MAIN SCREEN MENU OPTIONS
3.4 PREFERENCE SETTINGS
3.4.1 Metadata Tab
3.4.2 Data Tab
3.4.3 SQL Tab
3.4.4 Grooming Tab
3.4.5 Logging Tab
3.4.6 Ripping Tab
3.5.1 BATCH SETUP
3.5.2 CODEC SETTINGS
3.5.3 OPERATIONS DURING BATCH RIP
3.5.3.1 Operations with Robotic Autoloader
3.5.3.2 Operations without Robotic Autoloader
3.5.3.3 Reported errors
3.6 ACTIONS FOR COMPLETED BATCH
3.6.1 PODLOAD BUTTON (LOAD AN IPOD)
3.6.2 LOADING AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE
3.7 ERROR DETECTION & CORRECTION
3.8 OUTPUT REPORTS
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4.0 HELP AND SUPPORT
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1.0 Hardware Installation
This section details a set of instructions for correct assembly of the robotic hardware (if
purchased). It begins by listing the items contained within the packaging.
1.1 Robotic Hardware
The autoloader box should contain:
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The robotic hardware system
Power cable
These Quick Set-up Instructions
Warranty & support documents
1.2 Step-by-step guide of Robotic hardware – 7602/4
1.2.1 STEP ONE – Remove the Packing Constraints
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Carefully remove the autoloader from its carton, lifting from the bottom using the
hand cut-outs in the foam base.
DO NOT attempt to lift the machine using the spindles, column tower, or pick
arm, as these are delicate pieces and are depended on for proper alignment and
functioning of the unit.
Place the system on a level workspace free of debris, dust, humidity, excessive
heat, and electronic or electromagnetic interference.
Keep out of direct sunlight.
Allow at least six inches of clearance on all sides of unit for ventilation.
Remove protective plastic cover from system and save along with the rest of the
packaging.
1.2.2 STEP TWO– Plug in the Peripherals
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Plug in a monitor (VGA DSUB), keyboard and mouse (PS2 or USB) to the robot
Attach the Ethernet cable.
Using the enclosed 3-prong power cord, plug in the autoloader to a properly
grounded AC receptacle. It is highly recommended that a surge protector is
used to ensure safety in operation.
Power on the unit using the main switch at the back
Windows will now load and you will see the Ripstation Desktop
Double click the icon for Ripstation shortcut to run the ripper application.
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2.0 Ripstation Quick Start Guide
Before using the Ripstation software, please use the following steps as a ‘quick start’
guide to set the initial parameters and perform a simple MP3 batch rip.
1. Open the Ripstation software and on the main screen click the Preferences
icon. The dialog box shown in figure 3.0 opens.
2. Select the ordering of lookups as GD3 First and the multiple FreeDB options Second
then Click OK. You can open a GD3 account by clicking on the following link:
http://www.getdigitaldata.com/AppSignUp/MFRipstationSignUp.aspx
You can add GD3 look ups by clicking on the following link:
http://www.getdigitaldata.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=/Secure/AccountManager/GD3Acc
ountManager.aspx
Figure 2.0 – Preferences Dialog Box
3. In the main screen click the new batch icon
opens.
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4. When using the 7602/7604 device, you will need to configure the drive placement
and then choose the correct COM port. To do this from the Source device pull down
box select 7602/7604, then click the edit button beside it:
Figure 2.1 – 7602/7604 Properties Dialog
You then select which drives are left of the robotic arm, and which are right of it.
You can also enable shake mode
6. Enter your name, 'testrip' or 'myfirstrip' into the Client Name box. A folder of the
same name will be created. This is where the audio files will be saved.
7. In the output formats section, highlight the MP3 codec and tick the ‘Use’ box on the
left.
8. Stack some CDs onto any input spindle and click ‘Start Batch’ to commence the first
batch rip!
NOTE: Ripping will continue until all CDs are ripped. Click the ‘Open Client Folder’
button to view the digitally encoded audio files.
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3.0 Main User Guide
3.1 Key Features
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Batch encoding
Batch reporting on successful & failed CDs
Live batch process logging window
Metadata lookup logging & reporting
MFD series robotic autoloader and USB2.0 drive support
Batch setup wizard
Simultaneous multiple codec encoding
Client detail entry
SQL connectivity
Support for GD3, FreeDB and CD Player.ini localised metadata services
Full metadata & cover art preview
Full metadata cover art support and embedding
Automatic grooming of tag data during encode process
Embedded company information
UID client watermark embedding
Switchable Unicode support
ID3> 2.4 inc. 1.1
Batch preview window – discs ripped/to go/no cover art/codecs/client name
Single touch start and drive control
Drive stop control
Full C2 error checking
Error output on the fly and post rip
Metadata testing service
Full target device support
Post encode facility
Fully scalable output masks
Fully automatically updated
Amazon cover art support
Rip multi track discs to a single file
Run third party exe after completed successful batch
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3.2 Supported Codecs and bit rates
Installed as standard are the following codecs
Codec
Supported options
FLAC
MP3
Lossless
VBR/CBR
64/128/192/256/320 kbps
VBR/CBR
64/96/128/160/192/256/320 kbps
Lossless
Embedded ID3 wav
Request WAV
Sonos RIFF WAV
VBR/CBR
96/128/160/192/224/320 kbps
45/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320/499 kbps
Lossless
Lossless
Lossless
WMA
WAV
AAC
OGG
AIFF
APE
WAVPACK
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3.3 Ripstation v4.4 Main Screen
The Ripstation main user interface is shown in figure 3.1 below. Operations are carried
out using the button controls at the top of the screen and information is displayed
throughout the rest of the screen. Figure 3.1 shows the interface split into groups from
1-7, Section 3.3.1 of the manual details each of these groups in turn.
Figure 3.1 – Ripstation Main User Interface
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3.3.1 Button and Screen Operations
3.3.1.1 Group 1: Button Controls
Figure 3.2 below shows a closer version of the button controls in the main user
interface. They are labelled 1 –11 and are explained below.
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Figure 3.2 – Ripstation Button Controls
Button 1: New Batch / Cancel Batch
This button opens the Start a New Batch dialog. If a batch is currently running, this
button will change to the Cancel Batch button as shown in figure 4.1 and will cancel the
batch if pressed.
Button 2: Preferences
Opens the preferences dialog.
Button 3: Load
This opens a browser dialog to load previously saved batch settings (.rsf file). Settings
file contains Client Name, folder masks and configurations of all codecs, codec selection
Button 4: Save
Opens a browser dialog to save the current batch settings into a .rsf file.
Button 5: Delete Client Files
Deletes the last client folder that was ripped and will display a confirmation dialog
showing the name of the folder about to be deleted
NOTE: If no client folder loaded – deletes all files ripped from the top level folder
down.
Button 6: Server Loading Module
Opens the MF Digital 'Audioload' module for server loading– please refer to this
product's user manual
Button 7: Podload Module
Opens iTunes for add to library function and iPod loading
Button 8: Send to Disk
Opens the MF Digital 'Send to HD' module for loading client audio to removable storage
Button 9: AudioFile
Opens the optional MF Digital 'AudioFile' module HTML/PDF batch cataloguing
Button 10: Help
Opens the Ripstation v4.4 help dialog
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3.3.1.2 Group 2: CD-ROM Drive Display Bar
The CD-Rom drive display bar shows the status of each CD-Rom device in the system.
For the selected check box, the following information is displayed when a drive is ripping
a disc:
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Thumbnail image of the current album cover art
Album name
Artist name
Album year
Genre
(all above as provided by the metadata provider)
Drive and firmware details
Percentage complete progress bar (also shows drive read speed)
The Stop button (Disc Skip) to the right of each drive display will eject the current disc
and place it onto the reject pile, before moving onto the next disc. Clicking anywhere on
the display bar for a drive will change the information displayed on the cover art,
metadata and batch status windows.
3.3.1.3 Group 3: Cover art Preview
The cover art preview window displays album cover art as shown in figure 3.3 for
example. Disc Cover dimensions are displayed at the top of the window and the
‘Provider’ box shows the source of cover art - “Web” indicates a web retrieved cover art
source (e.g. amazon). Clicking on the preview image will show a full resolution version
of the cover art (actual pixel size). Click on the full resolution image to close it.
Figure 3.3 – Example of Cover Art Preview
3.3.1.4 Group 4: Metadata Preview
The metadata preview window displays a track listing for the disc in the currently
selected drive, and indicates the metadata provider used as a source for this metadata.
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A percentage complete figure is displayed and updated in real time as each track is
synchronously read from the disc and encoded.
3.3.1.5 Group 5: Batch Status Window
The batch status window as shown in figure 3.4 is designed to give a dynamic preview
of the current batch job.
Figure 3.4 – Batch Status Box
The window provides the following information:
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Client name - as entered into the New Batch dialog
Discs ripped - displayed in the form N/NN where N is the total ripped to date and
NN is the total size of the batch. A wildcard * is used to denote when no
maximum number of discs has been entered.
Discs failed - number of discs rejected due to failing error correction
Missing Covers - number of discs in current batch for which album art was not
obtained from metadata services or the integrated web search.
Elapsed Time - time elapsed since the start of the batch.
Open Client Folder button - opens the client folder for the current batch in
Windows Explorer. This is useful for checking that folders and files are being
created as expected. This can be clicked safely during the batch process and will
not affect operation.
The settings for each codec that was selected for the current batch - the bit rate
and VBR/CBR settings will be highlighted within the active codec.
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3.3.1.6 Group 6: Internet and metadata provider Connection Status Window
The key for the connection status of the internet and the metadata providers is shown
below.
Connectivity not tested
Connectivity tested and status OK
Connectivity tested and no response received
Internet connectivity is tested every 12 seconds. Metadata provider connectivity is
tested when each database lookup request is sent to the provider. Metadata
connectivity indicators remain amber until a lookup request is sent, a successful
response from the provider will turn the indicator green while no response from the
provider will turn the indicator red.
3.3.1.7 Group 7: Batch Logging Window
Real time logging of robotic operation, disc loading, metadata lookup, ripping and
encoding process and failed CDs. Each log entry is time stamped.
3.3.2 Main Screen Menu Options
Right clicking in the top left corner of the main screen, over the ‘Ripstation V4’ heading
opens the menu shown in figure 3.5.
Figure 3.5 – Ripstation V4 Menu Options
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About Ripstation V4 - Opens the about dialog showing program detail
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Formats Unlimited, Inc. - Opens the Ripstation homepage in your browser
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Send Support Request - Opens the Ripstation Support homepage in your
browser
3.4 Preference Settings
Clicking on the preferences button opens the dialog box as shown in figure
3.6.
Figure 3.6 – Preferences Dialog Box (Metadata Tab)
3.4.1 Metadata Tab
The metadata tab selected in figure 4.6 allows for the following settings to be selected:
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Local cdplayer.ini - For metadata retrieval from a local cache, check the 'Local
cdplayer.ini' checkbox and key in the full file path to the cdplayer.ini file (e.g.
C:\Windows\cdplayer.ini).
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GD3 – GD3 access is activated by entering a “Username” and “Password” key in
the spaces provided. To get a “Username” and “Password”, you can open a GD3
account by clicking on the following link:
http://www.getdigitaldata.com/AppSignUp/MFRipstationSignUp.aspx
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You can add GD3 look ups by clicking on the following link:
http://www.getdigitaldata.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=/Secure/AccountManager/
GD3AccountManager.aspx
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FreeDB – This is the web's main free metadata database. You can key in the
web address of freedb.freedb.org or one of the local regional mirrors (shown in
figure 3.7). FreeDB does not provide cover art.
FreeDB regional mirrors..
at.freedb.org (Vienna, Austria)
au.freedb.org (Sydney, Australia)
ca.freedb.org (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
es.freedb.org (Madrid, Spain)
fi.freedb.org (Tampere, Finland)
fr.freedb.org (Courbevoie, France)
jp.freedb.org (Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan)
jp2.freedb.org (Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan)
ru.freedb.org (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)
uk.freedb.org (London, UK)
uk2.freedb.org (London, UK)
us.freedb.org (San Jose, California, USA)
Figure 3.7 – FreeDB Regional Mirrors
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Tracktype – This is another free metadata service like FreeDB. Key the web
address www.tracktype.org into the FreeDB options in the metadata preferences
as shown in figure 4.6. Tracktype does not provide cover art.
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Metadata drop down boxes – The boxes beside each metadata service
provider allow the user to choose the order that Ripstation v4.4 queries each
metadata provider. Click the drop down menu to the left of each provider and set
to Never, First, Second or Third.
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No Data Setting - Four options exist for dealing with albums with no metadata.
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Automatically Rip - Discs will be ripped using “Unknown Artist” for artist
tag and artist folder name. The album name will be generated using a unique
ID. All albums ripped in this way will be placed into an artist folder called
'Unknown Artist” for later tagging and naming. There are several added
options to automatically rip. The second new option is to have a cddbid text
file placed in the album folder for unknown discs.
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Automatically Reject - Discs will be rejected and placed in the reject pile.
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Rip and Reject - This option is the same as Automatically Rip except the
unknown discs will be placed on the reject stack.
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Query User - User will immediately be prompted to enter album information
manually during the batch process, as shown in figure 3.8.
o Select the genre from the dropdown list
o Key in the year of release
o Key in the artist name
o Key in the album name
o Click on each track to rename it
o Click the OK button to save and continue
o Or Click Skip to reject this CD and continue
Figure 3.8 – Metadata Manual Entry
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Include track count in TRCK frames - Check this option when ripping for
iPod or iTunes.
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3.4.2 Data Tab
In the preferences dialog box, select the data tab as shown in figure 3.9.
Figure 3.9 – Preferences Dialog Box – Data Tab
The company URL may be keyed in here such that it becomes embedded in the
‘encoded by’ field in the ID3 tag. Alternatively the box may be left blank.
3.4.3 SQL Tab
In the preferences dialog box, select the SQL tab as shown in figure 3.10.
Figure 3.10 – Preferences Dialog Box – SQL Tab
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SQL enabled allows Ripstation v4.4 to write ALL information from metadata and client
detail to a local SQL server. Simply check the box and key in the server details to enable
this.
Please consult MF Digital detailed documentation for set up details.
3.4.4 Grooming Tab
In the preferences dialog box, select the Grooming tab as shown in figure 3.11.
Figure 3.11 – Preferences Dialog Box – Grooming Tab
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Map output genres to - Using the drop down box, select the manufacturer to
groom for and the genres will be mapped to the target list. These are supplied as
standard with Ripstation v4.4 and are updated by MF Digital on a regular basis.
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Capitalize every word - Check this box to capitalise every new word of a
phrase (e.g. ‘a new day’ becomes ‘A New Day’). Click the edit list to edit the
exceptions for this rule (e.g. of, a , the)
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Standardise composer names – Ensures consistent composer naming e.g. J S
Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, J Bach all become ‘Bach’. Click edit to add a
composer.
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Append artist name - Adds the artist name to the album ‘Greatest Hits’ e.g.
‘Greatest Hits’ by Madonna becomes ‘Greatest Hits, Madonna’. Click edit to add
to the list of album titles to perform this function on – e.g. best of, very best of
etc.
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Prepend artist name - Adds the artist name to the album ‘Greatest Hits’ e.g.
‘Greatest Hits’ by Madonna becomes ‘Madonna, Greatest Hits’. Click edit to add
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to the list of album titles to perform this function on – e.g. best of, very best of
etc.
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Replace keywords – Primarily for consistency of box sets, we can instruct the
application to, for example search for ‘disc1’ and make it ‘CD 1’. Click edit to add
to the list of keywords to perform this function on.
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Delete all after – This function removes all words after specific keywords in the
track title e.g. “Under Pressure Feat. David Bowie” would become “Under
Pressure”. Click edit to add to the list of keywords to perform this function on.
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Remove Non-ASCII Characters - Non ASCII characters will be replaced with
the closest ASCII character equivalent. For example, “(Götterdämmerung)
Funeral March” will become “(Gotterdammerung) Funeral March”.
NOTE: These options may be selected or unselected.
3.4.5 Logging Tab
In the preferences dialog box, select the Logging tab as shown in figure 3.12.
Figure 3.12 – Preferences Dialog Box – Logging Tab
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Log all metadata - When checked, this creates a text log file in the client folder
detailing all metadata lookups for the entire batch. Please use this for debug
purposes only when requested by MF Digital Staff.
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Log cddbinfo.txt – When ripping for a DigiFi server use this option. This file is
required when loading an album to a DigiFi server.
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Log batch summary - When checked, this creates a text log file in the client
folder detailing failed/rejected CDs and successfully ripped CD's in order they
were ripped.
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Log genre in folder.dat – this will place a folder.dat file in the album folder
which contains the genre of the disc. As an example the contents of the file
would look like “genre=latin”.
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View provider log - Click this to display a running total of metadata lookups
broken down by month and by provider.
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E-mail alerts – In this section enter in the details for your email account and
you will receive email alerts connected with your batch when any error condition
occurs
3.4.6 Ripping Tab
In the preferences dialog box, select the Ripping tab as shown in figure 3.13.
Figure 3.13 – Preferences Dialog Box – Ripping Tab
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Skip Heavily Damaged Discs - This allows the software to skip discs that are
badly damaged and or unreadable. This will allow ripping to continue without,
the software continually trying to read the disc and slowing down the process.
The software will reject a disc if it rips below a ripping speed of 5x over a
sustained period of time, using the drop down box you can lower this default
threshold to a ripping speed of 1x.
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Rip Sequentially – This option enables the software to load, rip and eject discs
in a sequential order.
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Calculate Replay Gain – This will switch on the option to calculate the replay
gain value and embed it in the file.
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Rip all tracks to one file – This will rip all tracks on the disc to a single file and
will also write out a cue file for the ripped track.
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NOTE: These options may be selected or unselected.
3.5 Starting a New Batch
3.5.1 Batch Setup
In the main Ripstation screen, click the ‘New Batch’ button
Batch dialog box shown in figure 3.14 appears.
and the Start a New
Figure 3.14– Batch Properties Dialog Box
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Source Device – select the model of robotic device you are using, or IDE/USB
Drives to use internal or external CD/DVD Rom drives with no robotics.
Edit – additional edits can be made such as COM port, Shake mode (on/off) and
for MFD 7602/7604 devices, the option to select which side the drives are on.
Shake mode was introduced to address sticking discs being double loaded into
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drive tray.
Figure 3.15 – Source Device Edit Dialog Box
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Number of CDs - key in the number of CDs in the batch, or 0 to rip indefinitely.
Target device – Use Generic for any portable devices, or select from the
manufacturer list to enable file format and grooming. Added direct support for
Vantage Media servers with cddbinfo.txt file output.
Client Name - Key in the client name (required) and a folder will be created of
the same name inside the default output path folder where all encoded audio
files will be placed.
Output Formats – Displays the CODECs to be used for ripping. To enable a
CODEC to be used, highlight (by the blue bar) the CODEC in the display and
check the ‘Use’ tick box on the left.
[ADD] Click Add to add an output codec to the output list.
[EDIT] Click Edit to edit this Codec's settings. This will open a dialog in order to
configure the codec settings including bit rates and VBR/CBR options (see section
4.5.2).
[DELETE] Click Delete to remove the codec from the output list. Only codecs
that are checked will be used.
Force default filenames should only be checked if multiple formats are being
encoded to. This will prefix the codec name above the album name – e.g.
C:\Root\clientname\MP3\
Use this output path - when checked will force the program to use this path
as the root location for all files and will override the setting within each codec.
Unicode ID3 tags is defaulted to ‘on’ as standard.
Copy Data Tracks - Copy data tracks option introduced to copy data CDs as
part of the batch process.
Audiofiles only - Audio files only option filters out non-audio files by only
copying the following:
*.mp3
*.wav
*.flac
*.aac
*.wma
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Make a duplicate copy of output files here – This will place a copy of the
ripped files to the specified location
Launch this application after every successful batch – This allows the user
to select an application that will be launched by Ripstation after every successful
batch that is completed.
[Start Batch] closes this screen and starts the batch process.
NOTE: Codec and path settings will be stored from session to session, for a quick
batch simply key in number of CDs and check the codec.
3.5.2 Codec Settings
Ripstation v4.4 ships with a number of standard CODEC options pre-configured.
However CODECs may be added or deleted and the settings for the MP3, WMA, AAC and
OGG CODECs may be modified.
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To add a new codec, click the [Add] button in the Batch Properties dialog box.
The New Output dialog will appear as in figure 3.16
Figure 3.16– New Output Dialog
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Choose the CODEC you wish to add to the display from the drop down box at the
top and press OK.
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In the same way, if you would like to delete a CODEC from the display, select
the CODEC to be removed (highlighted by the blue bar) and press [Delete].
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To modify a CODEC’s settings, select the codec you wish to modify and click the
[Edit] button. For the MP3 CODEC, the box in figure 3.17 appears.
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List of variables used in the output paths:
%A
%B
%C
%D
%E
%F
%G
%H
%I
%J
%K
%M
%N
%P
%Q
%S
%T
%U
%V
%W
%X
%Y
0-9
AlbumArtistName
BatchClientUID
BatchClientName
AlbumName
AlbumCreditName (If CreditTitle is “Narrator”)
AlbumCreditName (If CreditTitle is “Co-Author”)
TrackArtistName
ISRC
CDDBId
Date in YYYYMMDD format
Genre
AlbumDiscNumber (if nonzero)
TrackNumber
FirstReleaseLabel
AMG ID
FirstReleaseISBN
TrackName
FirstReleaseUPC
AlbumDiscNumber
AlbumDiscCount
BatchIndex
AlbumDate
BatchUserData (0-9)
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Figure 3.17- MP3 CODEC Settings
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Include Metadata In Output files – If this is checked Ripstation will write out
and embed metadata in the file. If this is unchecked no metadata will be written
into the output.
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Path - This represents the path the codec's output will use as a root folder. This
may be overridden however in the batch properties screen (figure 3.14) by
checking the ‘Use this output path’ option.
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Tracks - This is the full track path and name under the root folder. These
settings are configured for each codec and MF Digital recommends that the same
convention be used for all.
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Cover art – The location and name used for cover art. The recommended
setting is set to album folder and named folder.jpg for maximum compatibility.
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Metadata – If log all metadata is selected this will be the pathway for the
location of the xml file which is written out for this option. The user has the
ability to customise the xml file path and name.
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Data Files – If this is selected any compatible data files will be written out to
this location.
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Max Length – This gives the user the ability to create clips of the tracks. The
duration of the track is written into this box as seconds. For example if the value
of 30 is entered in the box then Ripstation will rip a 30 second clip of each track
on the disc.
NOTE: Each server as selected in the drop down box in the main batch screen will
dynamically set its own cover art and path naming convention and will highlight the
available codec types.
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Quality slider (L.A.M.E. MP3 & Windows Media VBR codecs only) - The
quality slider determines how rigorous the codec will be during the audio
encoding phase. Higher quality settings will slow down the encoding process very
slightly. Challenging audio, for example classical music or heavy metal, generally
requires that the slider be moved toward the slow setting.
The resulting increase in quality is somewhat subjective; a slower speed, higher
quality setting of the quality slider is generally only recommended for challenging
and very dynamic audio, with playback on high end audio equipment. For the
vast majority of MP3 encoding with playback on low to mid-range audio
equipment and portable music players, the default setting (shown above) is
recommended.
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3.5.3 Operations during Batch Rip
3.5.3.1 Operations with Robotic Autoloader
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At the start of a batch process, all selected drives will eject. Place CDs in the
drives and click ‘close all drives’. The batch process will now progress.
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As each CD is completed, it will be ejected. Replace with another when ready.
At the end of the batch the screen in figure 3.18 will be presented.
Figure 3.18 – Batch Complete Dialog
When Ripstation can find no more discs to load, the user is now presented with 3
options:
 Cancel the batch (No more discs to rip)
This will end the batch after any discs still being ripped have finished ripping. All
drives will now be closed.
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Try again (There are still discs to rip)
This will instruct the bot to retry the last attempted spindle. The bot will not retry
a spindle which has been used as an output spindle.
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Continue from beginning (New discs have been loaded)
This continues the current batch, and will restart from the first spindle.
3.5.3.2 Operations without Robotic Autoloader
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Before clicking the Start Batch button, load the input spindle with CDs. At the
start of the batch process, each drive on the MFD series will open and will be
checked for the presence of a CD – in the case of none found, the drive will be
loaded with a CD from the input spindle, closed and read. This step is followed
for each CD in turn.
When each CD is completed it is collected and either placed on the ‘Accept’ spindle as a
good CD or the small ‘Reject’ pile as a failed CD.
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At the end of the batch, the dialog box shown in figure 3.18 will appear, either
click the ‘No, I’m Done!’ button to complete the process or add more CDs to the
spindle, key in the number and press the ‘Yes, Add More!’ button, at which point
ripping will recommence.
3.5.3.3 Reported errors
If the robotic autoloader experiences a problem collecting a CD during a batch rip, one
of two error dialog boxes will appear. These dialog boxes are shown in figure 3.19a & b.
Figure 3.19a – Error While Accepting Dialog Box
Figure 3.19b – Error While Rejecting Dialog Box
Figure 3.19a displays the error while accepting dialog box which occurs when the robotic
autoloader experiences a problem while trying to collect a CD from the input spindle.
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When this occurs either click ‘yes’ to allow the autoloader to retry the collection
or click ‘no’ and remove the CD from the stack.
Figure 3.19b shows the error while rejecting dialog box which occurs when the robotic
autoloader experiences a problem while trying to collect a CD from the drive.
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When this occurs either click yes to allow the autoloader to retry the collection or
click no and remove the CD from the drive manually.
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3.6 Actions for Completed Batch
3.6.1 Podload button (load an iPod)
When you click the Podload button it
opens iTunes and adds the rip files to the
library. Then the user can add the music files to the iPod using the iTunes interface.
3.6.2 Loading an external Hard Drive
Clicking the ‘Send to HD’ button
loads the client folder to a hard drive. The
standard Windows explorer dialog appears.
Figure 3.26 – Selecting a folder to load to Hard Drive (HD)
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Select the Location of the external USB hard drive unit, network hard drive or
USB device and click OK.
The files will then be loaded to the device chosen and the file copy dialog appears to
show its progress.
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3.7 Error detection & correction
Ripstation’s error handling consists of:
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Auto C2 Check
Burst mode check
Jitter check
3.8 Output Reports
In addition to the live logging window, Ripstation generates a key report automatically
at the end of a batch as follows:
A flat text file detailing the following, saved into the client folder.
(Clientname_log).txt
Ripstation v4.4
Client: Test1 UID: 29378975
MP3: 224 kbps CBR
Started: 07/29/2009 11:25
A total of:
16 albums were ripped
2 albums were not ripped
0 albums had no cover
0 albums had no data
Albums Not Ripped
----------------------------------------------------------Pet Shop Boys - Discography
The clientname_log.txt file will be appended to for batches with the same client name,
so they will not be overwritten. The log window shows a running transaction trail of all
functions of each part of the process detailing and time stamping each error for trapping
and monitoring purposes. Another feature is real-time writing of the log window to a log
file in the batch output folder called “log.txt”.
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4.0 Help and Support
Support terms are detailed in client specific contracts, but at minimum shall include 24
hour support via our online helpdesk. In addition we offer an extended warranty
package which includes remote access to your site from our headquarters and extended
hardware warranty coverage.
Support response is guaranteed within 24 hours.
Contact details:
Ripstation
A Division of Formats Unlimited, Inc
155 Sherwood Avenue
Farmingdale, NY 11735
US Support:
T: +1 631 249 9393
F: +1 631 249 9273
EU Support:
T: +44 2890 022342
Email: support@mfdigital.com
Support Helpdesk: www.mfdigital.com/techsupport.html
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