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Old 06-21-2011, 11:14 AM
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Default Extracting Stereo Audio Track from CD - Pro Tools vs. iTunes

When extracting a stereo audio track from my commercially manufactured CD, for the purpose of having a 16-bit 44.1 kHz stereo .WAV file of the track,

- If I use iTunes software, with import settings set to .WAV encoder, 16-bit 44.1 stereo, I get one, stereo file...

- If I import into a 16-bit 44.1 Pro Tools session, it will first convert into the left and right channel mono files for the session, and then I would need to bounce to a 16-bit 44.1 kHz stereo interleaved .WAV, to end up with that same, single, stereo file...

Am I understanding these two methods correctly? And more importantly, what if any is the difference in the resulting stereo .WAV file?
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:18 AM
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Default Re: Extracting Stereo Audio Track from CD - Pro Tools vs. iTunes

There should be no difference in the linear PCM data resulting in both files.

Pro Tools cannot work with interleaved files so must convert everything to dual-mono. If you want to bypass this step, just keep using iTunes.

Personally, I use Exact Audio Copy in secure mode for ripping (PC only).
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:22 PM
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Default Re: Extracting Stereo Audio Track from CD - Pro Tools vs. iTunes

OK, thanks... so there would be no reason to think that the Pro Tools software would do a "better" job of extracting the linear PCM data correctly than the iTunes software...?
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OK, thanks... so there would be no reason to think that the Pro Tools software would do a "better" job of extracting the linear PCM data correctly than the iTunes software...?
Right.
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:33 PM
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Default Re: Extracting Stereo Audio Track from CD - Pro Tools vs. iTunes

just drag the file from the cd to a location on your computer...

mac os x reads cd's as aif files. but if you really need a wav file for some reason then itunes is fine
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I use Wavelab for ripping tracks from CD's. Wavelab7 runs on Mac now and they have a "lite" version for $99.
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