Ripping a CD to mp3 isn't that easy for a debian newbie. This operation require a package that is not available from the official package repositories.

Mp3 record profile

Open gnome's audio preference panel. You can access it from Sound Juicer, "Edit", "Preferences", then "Change profile..." or from a terminal with

~$ gnome-audio-profiles-properties

Check for a profile named "CD quality, MP3". If there is no such profile you can create it. The gstreamer pipeline must look like:

audio/x-raw-int,rate=44100,channels=2 ! lame name=enc mode=0 vbr-quality=6 ! id3v2mux

You can change the vbr-quality value (between 0 and 10, the lower the better). If you want to use a 192Kb/s constant bitrate you can use

audio/x-raw-int,rate=44100,channels=2 ! lame name=enc mode=0 bitrate=192 ! id3v2mux

Don't forget to activate this profile.

You now have an mp3 profile but it's still not available from the output format list shown by Sound Juicer. We must install the mp3 encoder: gstreamer-lame.

Lame encoder installation

Due to non-respect of Debian policy, the gstreamer-lame package can't be found in official package repositories. But it can be found in several alternative repositories. I updated my /etc/apt/sources.list file and installed this package from

~$ cat >> /etc/apt/sources.list << EOF
deb testing main
~$ apt-get update
~$ apt-get install gstreamer0.10-lame

You can now restart Sound Juice dans open the preference dialog. The ouput format list should now contain the "CD quality, MP3" Smile.


# Ken Butcher 2010-11-23 03:19
THANK YOU so very much for actually providing good, true and useful information. I have spent the better part of a day trying to get my Ubuntu Sound-juicer to rip at 256 kbps. I\'ve searched the web and tried every suggestion for the gstreamer pipeline entry and none of them worked but yours.
# wryun 2012-05-24 23:53
Thank you for this info!