Tutorial: Setting up EAC.

This is how I have my EAC setup. This tutorial works for EAC 1.0b3 and up. I suggest you to get the latest version. It’s available here.

Current EAC version: Version 1.3 (Released Sept. 2016)
“Big W” log tool version compatibility: Up to version 1.3 (as of Oct. 16, 2016)

Setting up EAC to make Perfect Lossless rips of your CD

If I don’t say anything about certain things (tabs, certain options, etc), it’s because you don’t need to do anything about it or left at your discretion. Otherwise, set each settings as described on the picture. Each picture will have explanations too for further details.

EAC -> EAC Options, Extraction Tab


You can or cannot lock your drive during the extraction. However, EAC is… buggy. If it rips a scratched CD and want to abort it and can’t so decide to finally kill the process, your CD will be locked in your Disc Drive until you reboot your PC. Otherwise, I have nothing else to add; just copy the settings.

EAC -> EAC Options, General Tab


You can check “On unknown CDs…” and have EAC do something for you but I always prefer doing things manually because it cuts down on mistakes. Otherwise, I have nothing else to add; just copy the settings.

EAC -> EAC Options, Tools Tab

“Write m3u playlist as UTF-8” is simply a .m3u8 playlist that can take unicode. It’s preferable to tuyrn it on; especially if you are going to rip Japanese CDs and such. Otherwise, I have nothing else to add; just copy the settings.

EAC -> EAC Options, Normalize Tab


EAC -> EAC Options, Filenames Tab

This is up to you. These settings exactly will…
* With multiple artists, it will use track – artist – song title.ext filenames.
* With a single artist, it will use track – song title.ext

It could create folders for you automatically but I personally prefer to do them manually. You should too. Less complicated.

EAC -> Drive Options, Extraction Method Tab

You should press “Detect Read features”. While this is going on, do not do anything on your computer. Once finished, your drive will probably be compatible with C2 Errors. Do NOT use the feature even if it says it is able to use it. Most drive have terrible implementation of that feature.

The other two features, unless you use a very old drive, should be able to do that and should be checked.

Also. ALWAYS secure mode!

EAC -> Drive Options, Drive Tab


Press the detection button. That’s it. The others options shouldn’t be used.

EAC -> Drive Options, Offset / Speed tab


Those two options should be checked.

“But “Use Accurate Rip” is greyed out!

To enable this, click OK to save your settings then put, in your CD drive, a very popular CD by a popular artists. It is called a Key Disc. When you do so, once the disc loaded, this popup will appear:


Then click “Configure”.

If you don’t have such CD, I highly encourage you to go online and buy such CD, even used ones will do. Here’s a page about Key Discs: http://www.accuraterip.com/keydiscs.htm

It’s important that you do so because it will check your rip’s accuracy with other rips online and write it in the log. It also says that your rip is checked against the AccurateRip database.

Manually setting up will not make this checkbox checkable.

EAC -> Drive Options, Gap Detection tab

I cannot tell you, beside the second drop-down menu, what option to choose. If, when you detect gaps, EAC freezes, then you should try another detection method. It does not matter in the end if it’s A, B or C. Just take the one that works 100% of the times for you.

EAC -> Compression Options, External Compression Tab

EAC 1.0b3 and 1.0b4 should already have the flac.exe in its folder ready for use; 1.0b3 comes with FLAC 1.2.1 and 1.0b4 with 1.3.1. Use this command with it:

-8 -V -T “ARTIST=%artist%” -T “TITLE=%title%” -T “ALBUM=%albumtitle%” -T “DATE=%year%” -T “TRACKNUMBER=%tracknr%” -T “GENRE=%genre%” -T “PERFORMER=%albuminterpret%” -T “COMPOSER=%composer%” %haslyrics%–tag-from-file=LYRICS=”%lyricsfile%”%haslyrics% -T “ALBUMARTIST=%albumartist%” -T “DISCNUMBER=%cdnumber%” -T “TOTALDISCS=%totalcds%” -T “TOTALTRACKS=%numtracks%” -T “COMMENT=%comment%” %source% -o %dest%

Update 16/10/2016: If the line above gives garbage when entered in EAC or it gives an error during extraction, please this pastebin page and copy the commands from there.

The rest is as is.

EAC -> Compression Options, ID3 Tag Tab

Just do as showed

EAC: Preparing for ripping Part 1.

This image displays a CD with a compilation setting.
* Fill the blanks as you wish.
* Do NOT embed cover art files in FLAC files! If somebody does not want such, when removed, FLAC doesn’t inherently remove the padding use to store the file! You have to use the metaflac.exe (and a complicated setup…) to remove that padding. So, just add the cover as a file in your folder (folder.jpg, front.jpg, cover.jpg, etc…)


EAC: Preparing for ripping Part 1a


If it’s a CD with a single artist, here’s an exemple.


EAC: Preparing for ripping Part 2.


Follow the order shown on the image.
Step 2 is only required once. Even if it may be already checked as the first option, it somehow doesn’t register on the log unless you reclick it once.
For Step 4, at the end of the process, it will ask you to save the file.


EAC: Preparing for ripping Part 3.





Then, do that. It will take quite a bit of time. Depending on the length of teh CD, a regular 10-tracks CD with a running time of 45 minutes will take roughly an hour to rip.
Do NOT range rip! If the tracks are split on the CD, it should be ripped split!


That is all. If you have any questions, please post a comment. If you want your log rated, post a comment with a link your log posted on pastebin.