What's New in LP Ripper

Version 11.0.1 Copyright © 1999-2017 CFB Software
Last Updated 26 May 2017
 
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A summary of changes to LP Ripper since version 8.0:

Windows Support

LP Ripper is supported on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10, 8.1 8 and Windows 7.


Preferences

Show Special Folder names

A number of Special Folders with names such as Documents, Music etc. (My Documents, My Music on some versions of Windows) are pre-installed on Windows systems. These names are abbreviations for username-specific folders. When one of these Special Folders is selected in the WAV Folder or Target Folder box on the LP Ripper Preferences > Folders screen the Special Folder name is displayed instead of the full name.

Uncheck this option if you want to see the full names of the Special Folders wherever they appear on LP Recorder screens. 

NOTE: The full folder names (e.g. c:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\My Music) are shown in a tooltip when you hover the mouse over a Special Folder name.


 

Encoder Preferences

The separate setup screens for MP3, WMA and Custom encoders have been combined into one. There are no default encoders - all types of encoders are now treated equally.

Audio Quality

The Audio Quality slider bar lets you control the size and quality of any encoded file. It is measured as an encoding rate of Kilobytes per second (Kbps). There are five possible settings from 64 Kbps to 192 Kbps. The smaller values result in smaller files but the resulting audio quality is not as good. The default value of 128 Kbps results in a good compromise between size and quality.

A special character % can be used in the parameter settings as a substitute for the Audio Quality setting for all types of encoders.

Encoder Parameters
Encoder Parameters cannot be entered directly. Clicking on the Parameters box has the same effect as clicking on the button next to the box - the Preset Encoder Preferences screen is displayed. The most common variations of parameter settings for MP3, WMA and AAC encoders are already included or new entries may be added if required. The contents of the screen are saved in the file Documents\LP Ripper\LPEncoders.txt.


Tracks

Analyse Tracks 

An improved technique for analysing tracks has been implemented. This should result in fewer errors when trying to locate indistinct track gaps that are found on some recordings. 

The Sensitivity and Automatic options settings have been replaced by Analyse preferences specifying minimum values for Track gap and Track length.

Trim Tracks

The Trim Tracks window is resizable - up to full screen if required.

Copy / Paste / Edit Track Names

There are three new items on the Edit menu: Copy Track Names, Paste Track Names and Edit Track Names.


Miscellaneous

Directories are now referred to as Folders throughout. Folder names can only be entered via a dialog box to help ensure that a valid, existing, folder is chosen and to support the display of Special Folder names.

If a track file (e.g. imagine.wav) would have the same name as the original recording (e.g. imagine.wav) and the Target Folder is the same as the WAV Folder, the track is saved as a file with a different name ( e.g. imagine(track).wav) to avoid clashing with the original.

The Trial version is clearly identified on the title bar.

If Xitel's INport is connected and identified by Windows it is not included in the Playback device list. The INport can only be used as a Recording device so this prevents it from being selected for playback by mistake.

WAV files from a wider variety of sources e.g. Windows Media Player 11, Broadcast Wave files from digital recorders etc. are supported.

The most recently opened files are now more convenient to access from the main File menu instead of a sub-menu. The number of files shown can be changed. Files which no longer exist do not appear in the list.

The File > Open dialog box displays WAV files only. The corresponding tracks (TRK) files are used if they exist, but do not appear in the dialog.

The toolbars on the main LP Ripper screen and Trim Tracks screen can optionally be displayed with large icons for better visibility.

The number of tracks that can be created from a recording, by LP Ripper, has been increased from 64 to 99.