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  WindowMaker If you want to generate Mp3s on your own this would become complicated very fast and take a long time, because you have to use many different tools.
MP3-IDEs unifies all single parts in one tool and offer a comfortable platform.
[ MP3Studio | Grip | XCD-Fnord | GTKmp3make | cdr  | --links--]

Good team work 
IDE is the abbreviation of Integrated Development Environment and means that many different programs are combined in one. Also for MP3s IDEs are available and ripper, encoder and sometimes players are controlled by one program.
 
MP3Studio
The TCL/Tk program MP3Studio unifies a Mp3 player with a playlist editor, DAT player, CD ripper, encoder, sample editor and an audio mixer with a clear front-end. 

Screenshot

CDparanoia is the used ripper and has already been implemented in the tar packet.
To use the CD ripper you have to start the program as root because a normal user does not have access to the CDRom device. With the ripper you choose the tracks but you cannot rename them. Additional the program does not respond during ripping and we miss a display that shows the status: How many tracks have been read? How many tracks will be read?
The biggest problem is that MP3studio creates all chosen tracks in the wave format in the first step and than, in a second step, it encodes the MP3 files. There is no chance to remove files during the process. You need a really big harddisk to work on a whole CD (about 1 GB). 
The used encoder is l3enc, programmed by the Frauenhofergesellschaft. This program is not free and MP3Studio does not offer a configuration to choose another encoder but bladeenc supports the l3enc options and it is possible to copy bladeenc into the MP3Studio folder and rename it to l3enc. Then MP3Studio uses bladeenc instead of l3enc and does not find any differences, but you do not get shown the progress any longer.
The MP3Studio offers a big innovation. It uses an own deamon that runs in the background and works on a waiting list of the files that have to be encoded to mp3 files. If the system has enough free resources the deamon uses them. Otherwise it does not do anything. This deamon makes sure that work with the PC is still possible.
 

XCD-Fnord
XCD-Fnord is still in development (Screenshot) but has already offered to work comfortably. The program uses either bladeenc or 8hz-mp3. The names of the tracks are downloaded automatically from a CDDB server. 

Grip
Grip is an IDE that plays CDs, too. If you put a new CD in the drive the program contacts automatically a CDDB server to get the names of the tracks. Which CDDB server will be contacted is configurable, also a proxy can be configured. The advantage is that you do not have to rename the ripped files.

Screenshot - Grip

The selected encoder is usually bladeenc but you can configure any encoder because the submitted options are also configurable but you loose the progress display, too.
The program uses the data from the CDDB server to write the right ID3-Tag into the mp3 file that can be read out by some mp3 players (e.g. freeamp).
During ripping and encoding a status display shows the percentage of the process done. 
If you want to encode more than one file the program will finish one file, remove the wave file and than start the next track. This program needs as few space as possible.
 

GTKmp3make
An advantage and disadvantage of the program mp3make is the small configuration (Screenshot).   MP3make is useable at once but is does not have any possibilities to configure the program to your own wishes. If you want to generate mp3 files uncomplicated and fast this program will be a good choice. The supported encoders are l3enc, 8hz-mp3, mp3enc (Frauenhofer's mpeg 3.0) and bladeenc. The names of the tracks are downloaded from a CDDB server but which one it uses is not configurable. 
 
cdr
cdr does not have a GUI on the contrary it is a clear terminal program (Screenshot). But this is not a disadvantage because the program offers menus that are easy to use.
The strong point of cdr is a big configuration tool. The supported encoders are bladeenc, l3enc and 8hz-mp3. Also identifying tracks with support from a CDDB-server is possible. Comfortable is the possibility to generate mp3s directly from the track. Files, that have already been encoded, are removed automatically to save diskspace.



 
Links
MP3Studio http://mp3.nederland.net
cdr http://www.burdell.org/ cdr.shtml
XCD-Fnord http://discordia.bensin.org:83/ xcd-fnord/
GTKmp3make http://kfa.cx/mp3make.html
Grip http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/ %7Eoliphant/grip/
 
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