CD ripping is a way to extract the music files from a CD. CD burning is a way to make a CD from music files.
A log file is a text file with the file extension ".log". Like its name suggests, it acts as a log of the entire ripping process and it records any errors that may have occurred. You may not, for any reason, modify a log file. It is strictly against the rules and will result in warnings/loss of upload privilege/account disabling. Click here to see an example of a log file.
A cue file is a text file with the file extension ".cue". Cue files act as a catalog or a table of contents of a CD and allow you to burn a CD identical to an original CD. Click here to see an example of a cue file.
RED suggests using Exact Audio Copy (EAC) on Windows or Linux (with Wine), and X Lossless Decoder (XLD) on macOS. Both EAC and XLD produce high quality rips with sufficient logs to prove that the files are up to standard.
These programs must be setup according to the guides available on our wiki to ensure quality rips that meet the sites standards.