Optimal Audio Encoding Settings

Updated 2011-06-08: Note that EAC 1.0’s parameters have changed (click here and scroll down to “Which flags can I use in the external compression scheme “User Defined MP3 Encoder”?”).

Using Exact Audio Copy, here are the best settings (that I’ve found) for encoding audio:

  • Check ‘Use external program for compression’
  • Change ‘Parameter passing scheme’ to ‘User Defined Encoder’
  • MP3:
    • Set file extension to .mp3
    • Locate ‘lame.exe’
    • For versions before 1.0 beta 2: Additional Command-line options: %l-V 5%l%h-V 0%h –vbr-new %s %d
    • For versions from 1.0 beta 2 on: Additional Command-line options: -V 0 -h %source% %dest%
  • FLAC:
    • Set file extension to .flac
    • Locate ‘flac.exe’
    • Use command line -T “artist=%a” -T “title=%t” -T “album=%g” -T “date=%y” -T “tracknumber=%n” -T “genre=%m” %s