dBpoweramp rubbish, is there an alternative?

I have a streaming system and I'm ripping CDs to a NAS drive. I'm using dBpoweramp, as it was recommended.

However, it is totally rubbish. Before my NAS system I simply used iTunes and I never had a problem ripping CDs into iTunes, my entire CD collection is in there.

But, ripping with dBpoweramp is proving useless. It only rips about 7 to 8 out of every 10 CDs, chucking out 'Inaccuracy' codes. All my CDs are brand new without even a fingerprint on them, I'm fastidious about that sort of thing. Besides, all these CDs imported into iTunes without a glitch, only dBpoweramp has an issue with them.

So, is there an alternative to the 'twitchy' dBpoweramp that I can use to rip my CDs to FLAC files for my NAS.

I'm on a Mac, obviously.

Original Post

Please talk to the owner/designer of dBpoweramp on the Illustrate forum.  I suspect you have overlooked or missed something in the set up.    I'm not a Mac user so can't help that much,  but please believe me, dBpoweramp is not rubbish,  I rate it as the best.   When I first started I ripped about 400 CD's,  & only a few old, edge rot or scratch marked ones did not achieve 'AccurateRip' on my desk drive DVD reader.

I have just posted this reply to another forum in which this question was posted. Just in case you don't read my reply there, here it is again:
"Something far wrong here.

I have ripped a thousand or so CDs to my NAS using dBpoweramp, and can probably count the number of problem discs I have encountered on the fingers of one hand. dBpoweramp works for me pretty flawlessly on my Windows 10 PC.

By the way, there is an option in dBpoweramp which allows you to rip in 'Burst' mode which ignores most errors. I have only had to use this mode on a small handful of discs , but it is there if you need it. I suspect that iTunes appears to be better in your experience simply because, unlike dBpoweramp, it does not attempt to identify and repair any faults that are not sufficient to make the disc absolutely unplayable. You may get similar results by setting the 'ripping method' in dBpoweramp options to 'Burst' mode."

Thanks for the replies. I have dBpoweramp set to 'Burst' mode, yet it still chucks 2 out of every 10 discs out. There are loads of other settings that I've left at default as they are too damn complicated. But it just isn't working for me. Also, a lot of CDs I put in, by default, it comes up with a different artist and different list of songs altogether? WTF??? I have to then delete the artist, album title and change them and then change all the song titles that are incorrect too, it is doing this 2 out of 10 discs on average too. 

I agree, Hungry, but this software is so damn frustrating. Reminds me of back in the day when I used Windoze when everything was riddled with issues. I have over 1000 CDs to import and it is getting on my tits when dBpoweramp chucks out every 6th CD, or it gets the artist and songs wrong and I have to edit all the metadata, this will take years with this glitchy software. If only iTunes imported FLAC files my life would be simple.

I have ripped about 1000 CD's from end of May to present with dBpoweramp software. The metadata has had to be edited but that has all been the structure on the CD. No consistency on naming format from album to album and absolutely no consistency on any of the random music types that is listed for the album. So I have had to pay attention when ripping the CD's and take some time for a little work prior to clicking on the RIP Icon. Using a Mac CD attached to a Mac Desktop and ripping to a Synology DS716+II NAS. Quite happy with the software and the music sounds mighty fine on replay.

The Author posted:

 If only iTunes imported FLAC files my life would be simple.

If iTunes works for you as a ripper, you can use it and then convert to FLAC if you need to.....or stick with WAV, AIFF of ALAC, depending on what works with your setup. 

It's likely that your CD/DVD  drive in your PC is 'rubbish' and dbPoweramp is quite correctly detecting that it is not ripping correctly. iTunes and other rippers will be more tolerant but the point of dbPoweramp is that it rips accurately and if it can't it will let you know if it can't.

Just seen this thread. Trickidickie is spot on (in all likelihood). dbPoweramp worked perfectly on my 7 year old iMac for months, then suddenly began chucking up 'inaccurates' all over the place. Turned out my DVD drive was knackered - as soon as I had that replaced (£60 part) all was good again. Sometimes it pays to think a little laterally!

trickydickie posted:

It's likely that your CD/DVD  drive in your PC is 'rubbish' and dbPoweramp is quite correctly detecting that it is not ripping correctly. iTunes and other rippers will be more tolerant but the point of dbPoweramp is that it rips accurately and if it can't it will let you know if it can't.

This had occurred to me, too, as a possibility - easily tested by using a different CD drive.

The Author,

Likewise, I use a Mac and initially had issues with DBPoweramp. Many discs being listed as corrupted or inaccurate. All discs new / as new condition.

After a little research I concluded that the (really) cheap Samsung external DVD Read / Write unit I was using was potentially to blame. Bought a 2nd hand older LaCie D2 DVD/CD read/writer for about £15 off the auction site. Problem more or less solved. 

Between both Samsung and LaCie CD readers I now get accurate rips. Even with the tatty alleged ‘good condition’ discs occasionally sent out from 2nd hand retailers - or charity shop buys that are in such poor condition they need the scratches polished out with car polish and a polishing pad! 

Occasionally I find the odd (older) CD will appear as new, but may have tiny dots where the foil has started to degrade and you can see through the disc = bad rip not matter what. Also, some discs from the 1990’s had some form of anti pirating software to stop discs being ripped. Had a handful of those too.

In my limited experience I’ve found DBPoweramp to be far from rubbish, if a little fiddly and complicated at first. Plus, the developer is very helpful on the DDBPamp forum. 

Good luck, its worth persevering.

The Author posted:

Can somebody be kind enough to tell me what to have 'all' the settings set to, not only in the main dBpoweramp interface, but in the preferences too. I'd be much obliged.

  Why don't you do as I suggested in yesterday post  "Please talk to the owner/designer of dBpoweramp on the Illustrate forum.  I suspect you have overlooked or missed something in the set up"

Also agree with Huge about a possible cause being the DVD reader,  I had variable results between my desktop reader/writer & the laptop integral.  

Have you looked at the dBPoweramps setup guides https://www.dbpoweramp.com/cd-ripper-setup-guide.htm

I must have ripped many thousands of CDs with this software and very rarely get an error and only on one or two occasions have I had to resort to 'Burst'.

As mentioned above my first "port of call" would be to try plugging in an alternative external CD/DVD drive and check if you are getting a match in the Rip Status column see: https://www.dbpoweramp.com/secure-ripper.htm

dBpoweramp most certainly not rubbish. It is one of the most highly regarded, accurate, well featured ripping programs available. Your disc drive most likely is rubbish. dBpoweramp verifies rips against a database of known good rips, and rejects any where the checksums don't match. iTunes doesn't give a toss - it will rip just about any old cd from any old duff disc drive. It rips with errors of course, but doesn't tell you there are errors. But you will hear the worst ones. So get a disc drive that works. And stop blaming dBpoweramp. It is trying to help you. Your disc drive is duff. Maybe the lens is dirty, maybe it is damaged. But it is duff.

And as far as metadata is concerned, dBpoweramp is again excellent. It checks four or so online sources of tags as well as the tags on the disc, and you get to choose between them, and make any edits you like before the rip. No other ripping engine gives you such choice.


Just a thought, are you ripping your CD's directly to your NAS drive? 
Or are you ripping them to your Mac, then copying across to your NAS drive?
The latter works best in my experience.

When I use the built-in drive on my older MacBookPro, dbpoweramp doesn't seem to like it when I try to rip directly to the NAS drive, so I rip to the Mac, then copy across to the NAS.
I have even tried an external SuperDrive (which I normally use on my iMac) and dbpoweramp always performs well - fewer errors (if any) when compared to my Naim HDX.

Little to add.  I agree with others that it is definitely not the software and I doubt it's a setting either.  Almost certainly your CD drive.  I had a problem burning a CD (both with Nero and iTunes) recently which I fixed with a generous blast of compressed air (out of a can rather than flatulence before anyone suggests it!).  Might be worth a go as cheaper and less time consuming than exchanging the drive.  Homebase and the like sell it and it's handy for other things like cleaning keyboards.

A new Mac USB SuperDrive ripped all the few troublesome CDs that dbPoweramp failed to rip properly on my old iMac.  dbP just wants to make a thorough job and will return to spend time on damaged tracks if you ask it. Make sure to clean the CDs very thoroughly.  I get dbP to rip to a NAS in four formats (uncompressed FLAC, WAV, AIFF and mp3) at the same time – my NDX prefers WAVs, my Apple portables AIFF and the Skôda mp3s. Basic metadata for all files is established in dbP – it's really worth the extra time to setup the metadata properly, or at least set it up how you would prefer it to be, best matching your storage/retrieval requirements.  I then use J River MC to sort out any remaining problems.  The NAS automatically duplicates itself and then performs a daily backup, so my library is secure.

Another Mac user here who has not tried dbPoweramp but I know it is highly regarded.

 As others have said I'd be very suspicious that your optical drive is no longer working well, and an external USB device would cost no more than a couple of CDs.

I'd also give a thumbs up for XLD which supports AccurateRip and an older software called Max assuming it still works.

To rip successfully straight to your NAS Just make sure dbP can see the NAS by refreshing the destination path in db.  It will show something like '...music/volume'.  If it shows '...music/volume-1' then db will not find the correct location on the NAS. This seems to be caused by your pc/mac being already connected to the NAS via finder/explorer etc., so the db connection is secondary, hence the '-1'.  Close that connection and reset the db destination until it shows '...music/volume'.  

It took me a while to work this out, but so long as I make sure the destination path is correct, db rips straight to NAS every time – four file formats each to their own separate folders in the NAS 'music' folder.  Once you have established the correct destination path db will rip as many CDs as you want for as long as you need to.  It's rather obscure and I have never found any help topic relating to this issue, so maybe it's just me?

Mattnbarns posted:

Try XLD. I use that on my Mac. A forum search will tell you how to set it up.

+1.  I’ve been using it for years, it’s fantastic.  It’s a much better ripper than iTunes, which sometimes skips over problem areas without indicating anything is amiss. 

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