Encoding MP3’s using grip and lame on Ubuntu Feisty

I’ve recently decided to start encoding my CD collection to mp3 and decided to do some research. Here’s a few links that I found useful in deciding what bitrate to use, also VBR versus CBR (Constant Bitrate Versus Variable Bitrate) quality versus file size, important decisions like that 😉

The software I’m going to be using is called grip (The frontend) and lame (The mp3 decoder) and the OS is the Ubuntu Feisty. I’m making the assumption that you already have lame and grip installed, if not read the link below which includes instructions on how to install lame and grip.

How to convert audio CD’s and understanding what you are doing

Below is an interesting article that tells you about the various lame command line switches an how to get the most out of them.

How to encode top quality audio files using Windows, Lame, Ogg Vorbis

Below are my grip setting:

Track Listing Config Rip Rippers Settings Config Encode Encoder Settings

Config Encode Options Settings Config ID3 Settings

As you might notice from the snapshot of the config-encode-encoder section of grip I’m using the lame command -V2 –vbr-new -q0 –lowpass 19.7. If you want to know why then feel free to read the article above entitled “How to encode top quality audio files using Windows, Lame, Ogg Vorbis”

Occasionally Grip doesn’t managed to find the correct IDv3 tags for the ripped songs, when that happens I use Easytag, to install it on Ubuntu Feisty simply type:

[code lang=”bash”]
sudo apt-get install easytag

at the command prompt

I would definately recommend it, It’s saved me loads of time.

The Pitreavie AAC Forth Bridge 10K

Just finished “The Pitreavie AAC Forth Bridge 10K“, this is the second time I’ve competed in this race, it was hard work but well worth the effort. Going by my running watch I did it in approximately 42 minute, I’ll know more when the results come out this week. Heres few photos below:

The boys getting ready for the off, 10:30 on a Sunday morning. Thats me in the distance, running over the Forth road bridge. Marky boy running over the Forth Road Bridge. Front of the Medal, Pitreavie AAC, Forth Bridge 10K

Home made number, damn that postal strike! Nice goodie bag! Back of the Medal, Pitreavie AAC, Forth Bridge 10K

Positions Name and (Number) Time
45 Chris Dawson (79) 41.16
48 Billy Dickson (78) (Me!) 41.54
207 Mark Dawson (16) 53.5

We did quite well considering there were 307 runners on the day, quite a few of them in clubs (apart from us unattached fellows).

The full provisional results can be downloaded from this page. More race info:

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Glasgow half marathon

Only 3 weeks until the FreshnLow Glasgow Half Marathon, my first half marathon having only run full marathons before. Got to say, I’m really quite looking forward to it, so far the training is going pretty damn good 🙂

I’ve got the Pitreavie AAC 10K run this weekend hopefully, I’m saying hopefully because I’m getting a little concerned. My name has been accepted but I’ve still not got my running number (myself and a few friends). Lets hope I get it in the next few days 😐