Getting started

This is a short guide to get you started.

I am taking screenshots from my own screen, so please don't look at the consistency in any of the bars (titlebar, taskbar, addressbar...) as they make completely no sense and it is not important
Some images have been resized to reduce download time. It can still take some time however, because this is a one-page guide. (FrontPage tells me it can take 118 seconds on a normal 56K modem line to load this page )

The guide contains the following items:

General tip: if you don't know what a certain item or setting means, click the question mark in the title bar of the window, then click on the particular setting. Or, go to Help -> Help for this window. Then you'll get detailed information and/or explanation.

First, download Audiograbber (free or full version).

Install it, by opening agsetup.exe or agfreesetup.exe. There are lots of different ways to open it so I won't give a screenshot of that

Select your language (if your language isn't listed, that is no problem as you can always add it later). Click OK.

I'll continue with U.S. English. You'll see a welcoming window window. Click Next.

Select a folder to install Audiograbber here. Default is "c:\audiograbber", I install it in "C:\Program Files\Audiograbber", I like it if my programs reside there. (Side note: multiple installations of Audiograbber are no problem, just install to different folders).

Click Next, Audiograbber will be installed.

Click Finished. Audiograbber is now installed.

If you want to install your own language if it wasn't included in the setup, you can download it separately. Go to the download site and find your own language. In my case it is "Dutch".

Navigate to the folder where you installed Audiograbber's and save it.

The language file is installed.

Now you've done that, download the LAME encoder on the download page. This is to ensure you get high quality MP3 files. (No need to start Audiograbber yet.)

Don't forget where you saved it, because we'll open it in a program like JustZIPit or WinZip:

Select only "lame_enc.dll" (as seen above). Click 'Extract' on the toolbar.

Navigate to the folder where you installed Audiograbber. Make sure the settings are like the above picture (it will probably be fine, but we don't want the entire LAME documentation in Audiograbber's folder, right? ). Now click 'Extract'. You've installed the LAME encoder.

Let's open up Audiograbber. It's about time, isn't it? You can do so by double-clicking on the Audiograbber icon on the desktop (it's a big hand).

Audiograbber will show up with a Tip of the Day. You can leave it on for a while, there are some useful tips in it. Audiograbber will also ask for a serial number if you installed the full version. Read the tip and close the window.

We'll continue with installing the language file. You know, the .lng file we saved earlier. Go to File -> Choose Language -> [your language]. Voila! Audiograbber is translated! I'll continue with the English version, it's easier with this guide

I'll be ripping a CD I bought some time ago but wasn't encoded correctly at the time. Don't look at the artist, okay?
Now go to General settings. Important is the folder where you want your files stored. Play around with the naming settings, and choose what you like best. If you want to change a drive or a setting if you experience problems, this is the place to do it.

Very important is to set the encoding settings right. Go to MP3 settings. Select LameEnc under internal encoders. Now choose your encoding quality. I recommend Constant bitrate, 160kbps, Joint Stereo, High Quality. These settings give you MP3's which sound very much like the original CD. I personally prefer the settings as in the screenshot, they give just about the highest quality achievable without sacrificing too much hard drive space.
You can grab directly to an MP3 file, which is easiest, and doesn't cost so much temporary space. If Audiograbber detects a lot of speed problems you might want to switch to MP3 file via intermediate wave file.

Proceed to ripping. You can enter the names of the tracks in Audiograbber itself (by selecting a track and pressing 'F2'), or click the 'Freedb' button (with the nice little penguin ) to get them from the Internet.

Now just click Grab! (Normally you'll get a speed around 10-32x, depending on your drive. Mine is ripping very slowly at the moment, but hey I have a lot of programs running okay? )

When Audiograbber is finished all files should reside on your harddrive. Open your favourite MP3 player (Winamp is a very good one!) and simply add the files to a playlist. You should refer to the guide of the player, but I think this will work for just about every player: go to Windows Explorer, navigate to the folder where you saved the files. Select them all, and press [Enter].

If your computer is set up right, your player will start, all files will be in the playlist, and it will start playing! (If you have Windows XP like me and no other player is installed, Windows Media Player will pop up, I personally like Winamp better).

Have fun!

Note: if you have the free version you'll only be able to rip half of the files. However, if you restart the program, a different half will be selected. So, you can write down the tracks you have ripped, restart the program, and rip the tracks you didn't rip already. You'll end up with all the tracks on your drive after all. (See why there's a good reason to buy the full version? )

(One more hint: you can fool around with all the settings, if something doesn't work any more simply set it back to what it was and everything is fine again )

Guide made by Frank Kusters, webmaster of

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