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Configure FLAC Compression


FLAC, or the Free Lossless Audio Codec, is used to make audio files smaller without losing any quality. Unlike formats such as AAC or MP3 there is no difference in the sound from a CD and a FLAC file created from that CD. Some programs, including EAC itself, can burn CDs directly from FLAC files by decompressing on the fly. It even comes with FLAC as part of the default EAC installation. You just need to do some configuration to start using it.



Compression Options


Select Compression Options from the EAC menu. Go to the External Compression tab and check the box marked Use external program for compression.




External Compression


Parameter Passing Scheme must be set to User Defined Encoder and the File extension to .flac. Use the Browse button to locate FLAC.exe so EAC can run it for you.

The command line should read
-6 -V -T "ARTIST=%a" -T "TITLE=%t" -T "ALBUM=%g" -T "DATE=%y" -T "TRACKNUMBER=%n" -T "GENRE=%m" -T "COMMENT=%e" %s -o %d


This will not only create the FLAC file, but also add tags. You may already be familiar with the ID3 tags used for MP3 files. FLAC's tags are different but perform the same function of identifying the song to media player software.

Checking Delete WAV file after compression gets rid of the (uncompressed) audio file ripped from the CD after the FLAC file is created. Check for external program's return code ensures you get any errors from FLAC if there are problems.



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The next section will show how to setup EAC to encode AAC files using the free Nero AAC Encoder

Page 4 - Configure Nero AAC Compression



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Written by: Rich Fiscus
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