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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 21 2002, 07:06
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If you have CEP v1.2a or v2.0 (I don't know if this will work in CoolEdit 2000 because I have never worked with it), and you like the hands on approach, then try this method. It is a drawn out process, but it works perfectly everytime.

1. Open each file using "Open Append." This will place a cue at the beginning and end of each file.
2. You can either edit out the silence as you go along, or you can load all the files and edit the silence when you have finished. I have used both methods and they work fine either way.
3. Once you have finished loading and editing your files, select "View\Show Cue List," or hit Alt+8.
4. Highlight everything in the cue list and click "Merge."
5. The items in the cue list should still be highlighted (if they aren't, then highlight them again), now click "Batch."
6. When the "Batch Process" window pops up, set the amout of silence to 0.0.
7. Then Select "Use cue label as filename prefix." This will keep the names of the original files.
8. Now set your "destination folder," and select your "output" as "Windows PCM (*.wav)."
9. Click OK, and your files will be saved as individual .wav files without the offending gaps between them.
10. Finally, burn your songs and enjoy your new "gapless" compilation.

By the way, you can raise or lower the volume, or use "Effects\Noise Reduction\Clip Restoration" to correct clipped files, or any damned thing you wish to do before you "Merge and Batch." It's all up to you.

One last thing, if you are looking for a "Quick Fix," then this process is not for you. But, if you love "working" with your files, you will probably enjoy the whole process as much as I do.

Later. biggrin.gif

This post has been edited by ger@co: Nov 21 2002, 07:10

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