Hi--I've done some preliminary searching on the web about this issue but didn't come up with anything that addressed my problem. I'm trying to rip Evanescence's album Fallen (from the original CD I bought at the store) but it always comes out with its amplitude way too high, i.e. when I open it in a wave editor, it doesn't have a normal waveform--most of the waveforms are cut off at the bottom and the top (in other words, it's clipping the waveform). On this CD, it's only a problem with the guitar chords--bass, drums, vocals, keyboards, and guitar solo notes are all clear and not clipped, but the guitar chords are all clipped. It's very wierd.
This is not a problem with most CDs. I'm in the process of systematically backing up my entire collection as WAVs. Just to give one example, I also barely finished ripping "20th Century Masters: The Best of Lynyrd Skynyrd," and it doesn't have this problem. I've spent the last two weeks backing up about 40 CDs (or more), and this has only been a problem with one other disk. I put that down to chance--thought I had a bad CD or something--but now the same problem is popping up again. I think it's a problem with the recording levels. Has anybody else had this problem with this CD?
As far as ripping, I'm doing everything right, as far as I can tell. I'm using EAC, having followed the configuration instructions at http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php ... ve_Options
, and under EAC Options | Extraction, both Extraction/Compression Priority and Error Recovery Quality set to High; Normalize is checked (though left at the default 85%). I have an NEC ND-3550A 1.05.