Cdex 1.51.

How to for Cdex 1.51

Setting up the program for the first time
Selecting a bit rate for ripping
Creating a file format for ripping
Ripping music files from a CD
Selecting multi files from a CD
Selecting all files from a CD
Converting wav files to MP3 or MP3 files to Wav
Recording from a external device

Setting up the program for the first time

There are a few settings that must be set once the program is installed. Follow the below steps to set the program up and get it ready to use.
1. Start the program and hit F4 to open the Cdex configuration dialog box.
2. By default you are on the encoder tab. Control tab until you hear, remote CDDB tab.
3. Tab once and you should hear, your email address: edit. Enter your email address.
4. Tab about four times until you hear, auto connect to remote CDDB checkbox not checked. Hit the space bar to check the checkbox.
5. Now control tab until you hear, file names tab.
6. You should be automatically put in the file name format edit box. This is where you can choose how your file name is created using things like artist name, album name, track number and etc. If you plan on ripping Music from a CD, then this is where you tell Cdex how you want your file names created.

Below is what each %Number stands for and some examples. You can either leave it the way it is with the default setting, use one of the examples, or create your own.

Here is what each %Number stands for:

%1, artist name
%2, Album name
%3, track #
%4, track name (song title)
%5, CD volume ID
%6, CDDB ID
%7, track # leading 0
%8, total # of tracks
%Y, album year
%G, genre
\, can be used to specify folder directories

Some Examples using the above items:

%1\%2\%7-%4 (default), creates the following output, Artist folder\Album folder\track # starting with 0-track name.wav or MP3.
%1\%2\%4 creates the following output, Artist folder\Album folder\Track name.wav or MP3.
%1-%2-%3 creates the following output file name, Artist name-Album name-track #.wav or MP3.
%1\%1-%4 creates the following output, artist folder\Artist name-track name.wav or MP3.
7. Tab two times and you will be in an edit box with a directory. This is the directory where your wav and MP3 files will be saved. To change the directory just hit enter on the directory name and it will bring up a computer tree view. Use your up and down arrows to navigate the tree view, and the right and left arrows to open folders. Once you are where you want wav files to be saved, tab to the okay button and hit enter.
8. Tab one time and you will be in an edit box that displays the directory where recorded files will be saved. To change the directory just hit enter on the directory name and it will bring up a computer tree view so you can select where you want recorded files to be saved. Once you have chosen the directory, just tab to the okay button and hit enter.
9. Your done setting up the program. Just tab to the OK button and hit enter.

Selecting a bit rate for ripping

The bit rate is the quality at which you will rip the songs from the CD. The default bit rate is 128, but you can select any bit rate between 32 kbs and 320 kbs. For ripping audio tracks from a CD, I would recommend 128 kbs or above. Most people use anywhere from 128 kbs to 192 kbs. To change the bit rate for ripping, do the following:

1. Open the CDex program.
2. Hit f4 to bring up the configuration dialog box.
3. You should land in the encoder page, but if not hit control tab until you are in the encoder page.
4. Tab four to five times until you hear, bit rate combo box 128 kbs.
5. Now you can arrow up and down to change the bit rate to whatever you like.
6. Tab to the OK button and hit the space bar. Your done!

Creating a file format for ripping

This is where you can choose how your file name is created using things like artist name, album name, track number and etc. If you plan on ripping Music from a CD, then this is where you tell Cdex how you want your file names created. Below is what each %Number stands for and some examples. You can either leave it the way it is with the default setting, use one of the examples, or create your own.

To change the file format:

1. Start up CDex.
2. Hit f4 to bring up the configuration dialog box.
3. Hit control tab until you are on the file name page.
4. It will automatically put you in the file name format edit box. Just delete what is in there and enter the file format you want. Use the below information to help you identify what each % code stands for.
5. Tab to the OK button and hit the space bar. Your done!

Here is what each %Number stands for:

%1, artist name
%2, Album name
%3, tracsk #
%4, track name (song title)
%5, CD volume ID
%6, CDDB ID
%7, track # leading 0
%8, total # of tracks
%Y, album year
%G, genre
\, can be used to specify folder directories

Some Examples using the above items:

%1\%2\%7-%4 (default), creates the following output, Artist folder\Album folder\track # starting with 0-track name.wav or MP3.
%1\%2\%4 creates the following output, Artist folder\Album folder\Track name.wav or MP3.
%1-%2-%3 creates the following output file name, Artist name-Album name-track #.wav or MP3.
%1\%1-%4 creates the following output, artist folder\Artist name-track name.wav or MP3.

Ripping Music from a CD

Would you like to take your CD collection and put it on your computer? Well, now you can in just a few easy steps!
1. To rip songs from a CD, you first must be connected to the Internet. This is because Cdex goes out to the Internet, connects to a big database, and retrieves all of the album information for the CD you are trying to rip including track names and times.
2. Start up Cdex, then put your CD into your CDRW or DVDRW drive.
3. Cdex will check that database for that CD content and fill in artist name, album title, and track names.
4. You will be put in the list of tracks from that CD. Select the individual tracks you want or hit control A to select all of the tracks from that CD.
5. Hit F8 to rip the songs into wav files, or hit F9 to rip the songs into MP3 files.
6. Your done! Once Cdex is done ripping your selected songs, the CD tray will automatically pop out so you can remove the CD.

Selecting Multi files from a CD

When ripping tracks from a CD, you can either rip all of the files, or you can rip only selected ones that you want. To select more than one track, but not all of the tracks, do the following:

Once the CD is in and you are in the list of tracks, go to the top of the list which should be the first track on the CD. Arrow down until you get to the first track you want to rip. Hold down the control key, and continue arrowing down the list. When you come to another track you want to rip, then just hit the space bar to select. Continue this process until you reach the bottom of the list of tracks. Now hit f8 to rip to wav files, and f9 to rip to MP3 files.

Selecting all files from a CD

When ripping tracks from a CD, you can either rip one or a selection of tracks, or you can rip all of the tracks. To rip all the tracks do the following:

Once the CD is in and you are in the list of tracks, just hit control+A to select all of the tracks in the list. Now just hit f8 to rip to wav files, and f9 to rip to MP3 files.

Converting Wav files to MP3 or MP3 files to Wav

1. Start up CDex.
2. To convert Wav to MP3 hit F11, To convert MP3 to Wav hit F12.
3. This will bring up a open dialog box. You will be put in a directory edit box. To change the directory, hit enter on the directory name to bring up a computer tree view. Use the arrow keys to navigate through the tree view. Once you have selected the folder where the file is located that you want to convert, tab to the OK button and hit enter.
4. Tab one time and you will be in a list of files in the directory that you just chose. Find the file you want to convert.
5. Tab to the convert button and hit enter.
6. The new created file will be put in the same directory that the original is located.

Recording from an external device

CDex will record sounds coming through your line in jack of your computer system from an external device. An example of this would be recording a cassette from a cassette deck on your stereo. Before you can record you must run a 1/8 inch patch cable from your line out jack of your stereo or external device to the line in jack in the back of your computer. You must also go to your volume controls, and make sure the line in check box is chosen for your recording device. To do this:

1. Go to your start menu, all programs, accessories, entertainment, volume controls, and hit enter.
2. Hit alt P for the options menu, arrow down to properties and hit enter.
3. Tab one time and you should hear, adjust volume for playback radio button checked. Arrow down and you should hear, adjust volume for recording radio button checked.
4. Hit enter.
5. Tab until you hear, line in balance: right left slider. Tab two times to the checkbox, and make sure it is checked. If it is not checked, hit the space bar to check it.
6. Your done! Hit alt F4 to close out of the volume controls.

Now to test to see if your device is hooked up properly to the computer, you should be able to turn on the external device and hear it through your computer speakers. If you are not able to hear it through your speakers, re check which jacks you have the cable inserted into.

Ready to record, do the following:

1. Start up CDex and get your external device ready to start playing.
2. Hit alt T for the tools menu, arrow down to record from analog input, and hit enter.
3. This will bring up a dialog box where you can choose a lot of different settings for recording.
4. Tab three times until you hear, output file name edit. This is where you enter what you want to name the file you are creating with your recording.
5. Tab one time until you hear, add sequential numbers to file name: starting with: checkbox checked. Hit the space bar to uncheck this checkbox.
6. Tab two times until you hear, output file type combo box wav output encoder, which is the default. Arrow down one time to select the lame MP3 encoder.
7. Tab one time to the record button. Hit the space bar when you are ready to start recording.
8. The record button turns into a stop button. Jaws loses focus, so you have to alt tab until you regain focus in that dialog box. Then tab to the stop button and hit the space bar.
9. Your done with the recording!

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