I am a veteran Windows user (sorry!) who typically rips audio discs with CDex or EAC. CDex includes the option to normalize volume levels during the ripping process.
I am trying to find a program to rip audio discs on a Mac, other than iTunes, and am coming up empty-handed. I have found XLD and Max, both of which seem to be highly recommended and feature-rich, but neither seem to offer normalization.
I don't want to have to run audio tracks through a separate program before compressing to MP3 (or any other format).
I'm aware that Mac is a superb platform for professional audio, with industry pros using software like Logic and Pro Tools in production environments, but I find it a bit frustrating that CD ripping software for Mac seems to often lack this feature.
Am I just not finding "the one", or is there some reason that normalization is not common among these rippers? What software (free or not) should I be using for CD ripping which meets the following requirements:
- Normalizes volume levels
- Names files based on database lookup (such as freedb)
- Supports MP3 compression (LAME for example)
- Accurate rips with moderate error-checking