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post Nov 19 2002, 19:13
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I've tried a few other resources to see if I can figure this out, hopefully someone hear can help.

I sometimes have large WAV files that need to be split into individual audio tracks. It is my understanding that these need to be split on sector boundaries to burn perfectly gapless CD's.

I've tried a couple of differerent methods for doing this. I use a program called CDWave to split the file. This program is designed to split on sector boundries. Then I take the WAV files and burn them DAO, making sure to remove the 2 second gaps that Nero wants to put in by default.

The other method I have tried is to just leave it as one huge WAV file, and use a CUE sheet to define the tracks.

Either way, I have had mixed results. Although I don't get pops in between the tracks, there is still a slight hesitation between some tracks.

Using a CUE sheet, the track marks did not come out the same on my CD player as what was in the CUE file.


Maybe someone can suggest what I might be missing here. I hope so.



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post Nov 19 2002, 23:29
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Free methods :

Feurio can let you set tracks into a wav before burning.

If you need to zoom vertically in order to see what you're doing accurately, use rather EAC, but it's a bit more complicated :

Click tools/process wav. The track 1 must begin exactly at the beginning of the file, therefore, cut unwanted part here if needed.
To enable vertical zooming, click display/vertical scale format/automatic range selection.

Then click cuesheet/create cuesheet.

Move the cursor where you want the next track to begin, and click cuasheet/insert/track start.

Repeat the operation for all tracks. Once done click cuesheet/save cuesheet.

If your burner is supported, you can burn this cuesheet with EAC, but you can also burn it with Feurio.

Nero allows to do it too (no vertical zoom, clumsy cursor handling), Import your wav, right click it, and set the markers. Back into the main window, select all tracks but the first, right click and reset the pause to zero.
Use only Nero or newer, previous version has a bug that will cut 1/75th of a second of the end of each track (or each wav ?)

Dedicated (and expensive) software :

Sonic Foundry's SondForge is a wav editor capable of burning CDs
Steinberg's Wavelab is a very powerful soft that performs multitrack CD mastering.
Magix Samplitude producer is a top of the art software for CD mastering.

I don't know Wavelab, so I don't know if it's better than Samplitude. They seem to perform exactly the same job, and are the two best ones.

Links :

Feurio : http://www.feurio.deEAC : http://www.exactaudiocopy.de

No need to buy Nero for that purpose, it's not better than Feurio or EAC.

SoundForge : http://www.sonicfoundry.com
Wavelab : http://www.steinberg.net/en/ps/products/au...index.php?sid=0
Samplitude : http://www.magix.com (professional section)

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