Updated mp3ogg.txt hint

Adam Ottley aottley at shaw.ca
Thu Jan 3 15:12:16 PST 2002

I've updated the mp3ogg.txt hint for LAME 3.91 and Vorbis rc3.
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TITLE:		Ripping CDs into MP3 and OGG
LFS-VERSION:	any (tested on 3.0)
AUTHOR:		Adam Ottley <aottley at shaw.ca>

	This hint covers how to setup the tools for ripping and encoding CDs
into MP3 or Ogg Vorbis format using the GTK-based Grip frontend.  All that is
needed for this hint beyond the base system is for XFree86 to be installed.

	Jan 03/02: Update to new vorbis & LAME versions, add curl.


The packages you'll need:

  curl-7.9.2.tar.bz2                    (http://curl.haxx.se/)
  libao-0.8.2.tar.gz			(http://www.vorbis.com/)
  lame-3.91.tar.gz			(http://www.mp3dev.org/mp3/)
  cdparanoia-III-alpha9.8.tar.gz	(http://www.xiph.org/paranoia/)
  gtk+-1.2.10.tar.gz			(http://www.gtk.org/)
  glib-1.2.10.tar.gz			(http://www.gtk.org/)
  grip-2.96.tgz				(http://www.nostatic.org/grip/)


Curl 7.9.2

Curl is a very powerful multi-protocol file-transfer utility.  Curl is used by
ogg123 from the vorbis-tools package for http access.

Build and install curl using the following commands:

  ./configure --prefix=/usr &&
  make &&
  make install


Ogg Vorbis 1.0rc3

Vorbis is a next-gen audio codec with much better quality than MP3 and no 
patent strings attached.

NOTE:  libvorbis may cause a compiler error if compiled with a high level of
optimization.  If you get a fatal compiler error, try using this patch:


First build libao, then libogg, then libvorbis, then vorbis-tools, each with
the following commands:

  ./configure --prefix=/usr/local &&
  make &&
  make install

NOTE: Some programs that link to the vorbis libraries for vorbis encoding will
encode incorrectly when using rc3 instead of rc2.  One such program is KDE's
audiocd:/ ioslave.  A patch for KDE 2.2.2 that corrects the problem is
available here:


To use this patch, follow these instructions in the kdebase directory:
(assuming you already have KDE installed and only want to update the ioslave)

  patch -Np1 -i ../audiocd-vorbisrc3.patch &&
  ./configure <your configure options> &&
  cd kioslave/audiocd &&
  make &&
  make install


lame 3.91  (http://www.mp3dev.org/mp3/)

After over a year and a half in beta, the LAME project finally has released a
new stable package.  It is recommended that if you have any intent to make MP3s
that you install LAME - it is bar-none the best MP3 encoder there is.

There are a couple of optional parts to the LAME package that require other
packages.  Particularly useful is the nasm assembler, which enables LAME to use
processor-specific assembler optimizations for MMX, 3DNow and SSE, speeding up
the encoding process.  If you choose to install nasm or already have it
installed, add --enable-nasm to the ./configure flags for LAME, and the 
configure script will automatically detect the optimizations that apply to your

Install LAME with these commands:

  ./configure --prefix=/usr/local &&
  make &&
  make install

Don't worry if you see that vorbis was not found during the configure step.
LAME only builds with Vorbis support using very old versions of the Vorbis


cdparanoia III 9.8  (http://www.xiph.org/paranoia/)

cdparanoia is the best-known error correcting audio CD ripper in the Linux

Install cdparanoia with these commands:

  ./configure --prefix=/usr/local &&
  make &&
  make install

This will set up both shared and static libs plus the command-line ripper.
Keep the cdparanoia source directory; you'll need it for compiling Grip.


glib 1.2.10

Glib is a library of C functions.

Install glib using the following commands:

  ./configure --prefix=/usr &&
  make &&
  make install


gtk+ 1.2.10

The GIMP ToolKit is a popular C GUI toolkit.

Install gtk+ using the following commands:

  ./configure --prefix=/usr &&
  make &&
  make install


grip 2.96

Grip is a GTK+-based ripping and encoding frontend.  It supports the
command-line lame and oggenc encoders, and can integrate the cdparanoia ripper,
or use the command-line cdparanoia and cdda2wav rippers.  The cdda2wav program
is a part of the cdrtools package, and install instructions can be found in the
cdwriter.txt hint.

Install grip using the following commands:

  ln -s ../cdparanoia-III-alpha9.8 cdparanoia
  make PARLIBS="-lcdda_paranoia -lcdda_interface"
  make PREFIX=/usr/local install

Command explanations:

  ln -s ../cdparanoia-III-alpha9.8 cdparanoia
Grip looks for the cdparanoia headers in the cdparanoia subdirectory of the
grip source tree.

  make PARLIBS="-lcdda_paranoia -lcdda_interface"
Normally, grip links statically with cdparanoia, which means that if cdparanoia
is upgraded grip will not benefit.  Changing PARLIBS ensures grip is linked
with the dynamic cdparanoia libraries.

It's worth looking over the grip man page to find the aliases for title, artist,
etc for constructing filenames the way you want and for how to remove
underscores and capitalize the filenames.  Happy ripping!

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