EAC and Musepack

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Software Needed


Note: This guide assumes that EAC is has been configured for secure ripping, if not please follow this guide.

  • Unzip the chosen musepack version into the same directory that EAC is in.


  • Open EAC and insert a CD into the drive.
  • Click the EAC menu and select Compression Options.
  • Click the External Compression Tab, and put a check box in use external program for compression.
  • Change Parameter Passing Scheme to User Defined Encoder.
  • Change Use file extension to .mpc.
  • Click the Browse button and locate the mpcenc.exe that you unzipped earlier.
  • Remove the ticks from Use CRC check, Add ID3 tag and check for external programs return code.
  • In the Addtional command line options box, copy and paste one of the below strings based on the Tag you would prefer.

No Tags:

--quality 6 %source% %dest% 

APEv2 tag:

--quality 6 --ape2 --album "%albumtitle%" --tag "Album artist=%albumartist%" --year "%year%" --genre "%genre%" --comment "%comment%" --tag "Disc=%cdnumber%/%totalcds%" --track "%tracknr%/%numtracks%" --title "%title%" --artist "%artist%" --composer "%composer%" %source% %dest%

Note: If you wanted to change the quality setting the green portion is what you would substitute with the new setting e.g. --quality 10 or --quality 4.

  • Do not worry what bit rate is shown in the bit rate drop down box, this will be ignored.

Musepack configured with APEv2 tagging

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