First, make sure the Universe and Multiverse repositories are enabled…
Go to System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager
When synaptic opens, go to Settings>Repositories>Ubuntu Software (tab)
Put ticks in:
Community maintained Open Source software (universe)
Software restricted by copyright or legal issues (multiverse)
Now close Synaptic (you MUST close Synaptic or you won’t be able to run the following command)
Install the lame, ubuntu-restricted-extras, and sound-juicer packages…
Open a terminal, and enter:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install lame ubuntu-restricted-extras sound-juicer
Create an mp3 encoding profile in Sound Juicer, using a constant bitrate of 320kbps…
Open Sound Juicer from the Applications>Sound & Video>Audio CD Extractor menu item
In Sound Juicer, go to Edit>Preferences>Edit Profiles>New
Give the new profile a name, such as MP3 (CBR-320), click Create
Highlight the new profile and click Edit
Give it a description (if you want)
In the GStreamer pipeline field enter:
audio/x-raw-int,rate=44100,channels=2 ! lame name=enc vbr=0 bitrate=320 ! id3v2mux
(That will give you a constant bitrate of 320 kbps, adjust the bitrate=320 parameter if you want… eg. 192 or 256 etc.)
In the File extension field enter:
Tick the Active? box
Now you’ll need to restart Sound Juicer before the new profile becomes available, so close Sound Juicer and restart it.
Go to Edit>Preferences and select the Output format: profile you just created.
You should be ready to rip.
Further Info -
I’m now using Asunder to rip audio CD’s as its CDDB lookup is more accurate than Sound Juicers, and if necessary the CDDB server can be changed.
That said, Sound Juicer is definitely quicker at ripping, and doesn’t seem as resource hungry.
Asunder is available in the Ubuntu repos, and can be installed with:
sudo apt-get install asunder