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#1 JohnFarris

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 04:18 PM

Often with classical music you don't want a gap at all between certain tracks and regular gaps between others. Windows Media Player and iTunes offer the option of different size gaps, including zero, but (1) the choice applies to the entire disc, and (2) there's no gapif you specify zeel, but there is a little hiccoup at the point where the next track begins. I would think there are ways to deal with this, but I haven't found them. Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 08:23 PM

You can edit the individual tracks with Audacity.
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Posted 23 April 2009 - 09:45 PM

CDs weren't really designed with this in mind. You can try using Audacity as suggested - to maximise the possiblity of success it's best to pre-process each track to remove DC offset, and truncate the first file where you want it to finish at a zero-crossing point. Do the same for the second file but ensure its starting point is also on a zero-crossing point. This minimizes the discontinuity that can cause the little aberration during replay, but how successful this is will vary from player to player. You'll have to burn the disk Track-at-Once rather then Disc-at-Once for this to work, but it isn't satisfactory for all players, and considering the amount of fiddling around, probably isn't worth it.

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 05:45 AM

I burn gapless cd's all the time. They play fine on everything except some old CD/DVD players.
There should be a checkbox to use Disc at Once. (DAO) and the option to make album gapless.
There should be no gaps, or clicks between songs.

In iTunes, highlight all songs in your album, (compilation) click command I (Mac) or ctr I (win) at the bottom right you will see the option to make album gapless.

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Edited by 12x48y, 24 April 2009 - 05:53 AM.


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Posted 24 April 2009 - 06:23 AM

That's handy to know. Since it makes the entire album gapless, John could add the required silence to any tracks where he did want a gap. And if he finds he does still get any glitches as he indicates, trimming to the zero-crossings may cure it, or minimize it.

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 06:31 AM

It would make the entire album gapless. he could use audacity for adding 2 seconds of silence. I wonder if he could highlight only certain songs in iTunes instead of the entire album? I'm reaching now, but it might be worth a try.

Edited by 12x48y, 24 April 2009 - 06:34 AM.





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