I ripped a large CD+G collection a few months ago (236 discs). I used three systems to do it (only had discs for 1 evening). My drives were two LG 8400B and an LG 8240B. These drives can read & write the discs. But as said before, watch that sub-channel stuff.
I used Alcohol 120% to rip them into image files.
Then took CDRWIN, mounted the image files to a virtual drive, and ripped each track, resulting in a 30mb (or so) per song .bin file. (I didn't RIP the discs with CDRWIN because it was slow like anything)
THEN I took a tool (can find the link if needed) and converted the .bin file to a .mp3 & a .cdg file (you can batch a whole directory for this).
The finals file sizes were 3mb or so for a .mpg, and the .cdg files ran 1mb to 3mb in size. .cdg files compress really nice (80% or more).
So with 236 CD+G discs, the end result was 15 CD-R discs (with all the.cdg files archived). And there they sit.
There is an .mp3+cdg plugin for WinAmp that auto-loads the .cdg file and opens up a resizable graphics window. Worked really good.
I did have a few problems ripping the discs. They were in really bad
shape. The early ones were scratched all to hell. They were rental discs, just horrible. I would be embarrased to give those to people. Because of the scratches, the graphics are really messed up.
Audio it seems, has error correction, so the end .mp3 files all sounded just fine. The ripping had error correction on, but that only checks for audio. The sub-channel stuff was read as it was read. The early discs were messed up bad, the later discs (that have seen less rentals) were in much better shape and came out the best.
I think about half the .cdg files came out bad. I tried different players, and they all showed the errors. One thing I didn't have at the time was a true CD+G Karaoke player, I can't say how IT would have handled the scratched discs.
I was able to make a CD+G disc with Alcohol 120% and my LG 8240B. I then ripped THAT disc and compared it to my original image , and it was 100% bit for bit. So I have to assume the damaged original graphic channel was present on the discs I rented.
You really gotta know the quality of the graphics on the discs. I think in those 236 discs, there was at least 22 different publishers. There was RCA, SuperStar, Panasonic, Hit Makers.. god, it was all over the place. Some of the graphics were really pleasing to look at, some were made with no style at all. Or worse.. BLUE backgrounds and RED text.
Once you have these two files (the .mp3 & .cdg) you can do alot. Like I said, there is a WinAmp plugin, there is also a program that creates an AVI (in whatever video format you want.. MPEG, DIVX). You can create VCD discs in that manner, and get quite a few on a disc, since the video bit rate can be quite low (if your player supports it).
CD+G is, I think, on the way out. Most newer stuff is coming out as VCD or DVD.
So, my thoughts and such on the subject.
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