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  1. lw26@cornell.edu

    Which Toast To Use For Working Version Of Cdsd

    OK. tried a few things and have come up with a working setup for digitizing LPs with some vintage gear and software. my venerable powerbook G4 is behaving nicely with aHD wipe and fresh install of OS 10.4 including all the std. OS & software updates from apple. I loaded toast 7 onto it and got the update to 7.1.3. this is all the sw that is on the machine now. Next, took the white imac flat panel coreduo and installed 10.5 on that and all the apple os & sw updates to 10.5.8. then installed toast 9 there and the clickrepair program (it needs java, so all those apple updates are a good idea here.) found that Toast 9 and cdsd is a PITA. biggest problem is they seem to have killed off the export functionality from toast. really want this when porting tracks off to another device without burning to a disc. why or where has it gone? Moving on, i deleted toast 9 and installed 7.1.3 on the 10.5 iMac as well. Now I keep the laptop by the stereo for the initial recordings. then move the files by FW disc to the intel mac and do the clickrepair processing- this used to be quite slow on the PPC processor. App now cruises along nicely. after clickromoval. reopen the new file with CDSD and divide up into the tracks. export to usb stick or thumb drive to the modern machines where i keep my Itunes library or burn a cd.
  2. lw26@cornell.edu

    Which Toast To Use For Working Version Of Cdsd

    Thanks for the advice. I think I may have resurrected the powerbook G4. loaded 10.4 on it and am taking it to 10.4.11 and all the java updates So I can use clickrepair. I have toast 6,7,9,10 & 11 on physical media. maybe 7 will be best on this box if the hardware proves to be stable. I think that was what i had on it before the crash. t I took the coreduo white imac to 10.5 and will tinstallall the java updates and clickrepair try that one with toast 9, that ones box claims to be for the 10.4 and 10.5 era. I will let you know if I end up with a useable machine from these 2 survivors
  3. lw26@cornell.edu

    Which Toast To Use For Working Version Of Cdsd

    I have been using toast and cdsd for digitizing LPs off and on for years since back when it was an adaptec product release. I have not done much with it lately for capturing analog audio. I was using a G4 Powerbook 10.4 and toast version 6, I believe, but the machine has suffered a failure and I cannot start it any more. I have several more recent toast releases including toast 10 & 11 probably have 7 & 9, too ( the boxes are at work). I wanna dedicate an old white flat panel iMac (coreduo) early2006 machine (10.6.8 is the terminal OS) to the task of digitizing new LP captures, which version of those I have available is the best one to choose for a functional CDSD in the bundle? or am i bettter off moving to a new app- audio hijack pro? I will need functionality to accurately divide up the tracks manually for sequence. I like to record full LPs, then divide up the tracks exactly as they are on the vinyl. I used to include the leadout as part of my track up to the attack of the next tune (expanding time scale to show .1 sec divisions as indiv tickmarks when defining tracks) then burn to CD with 0 sec space between tracks. these were usually recognized by gracenote as the album when itunes is open. TIA. Lars
  4. lw26@cornell.edu

    Help Converting Ntsc In Video_Ts To Pal Disc

    I have a DVD video of my daughter's wedding shot by her great uncle with his camcorder. He burned his edited footage to DVD disc for play in a tv set DVD player (likely using a windows machine and affiliated software- this shouldn't matter). I want to send a playable copy to our relatives in scandinavia (PAL system video country) the total movie is about 90 minutes. this is not a protected file. here is what I have done so far: 1)MactheRipper- rip disc to firewire external drive. use this as source. 2) Toast 11 video tab, create DVD from: Video_TS folders then from Toast titaniom menu tab : preferences: video - choose PAL. burn disc. end up with a playable disc in NTSC format. 3) Toast 11 convert tab drag the VOB from video_TS folder into the pane: confirm that prefs is set to make a PAL file. conversion runs (first gives me an aleert about having NTSC files and output is set to create PAL) confirm. when this finishes try to burn converted to DVD single layer disc. get message that the media does not have enough space to record the file.. says disc has 4.38 gb & need 4.58 gb 4) use toast video editor to edit away some of the DVD content, breaking the vob into 2 shorter total length pieces. Convert again get the ntsc to pal conversion dialog box. after conversion, throws up an error dialog box. disc could not be recorded because of a Mac system error. Is there any way for me to create a playable unedited PAL DVD from my NTSC Video_TS DVD? my machine is aflat panel Aluminum frame iMac 4gb ram OS 10.6.8 this model has internal optical disc drive, FW 400 & FW 800 ports. I have successfully made many US std DVDs with it already.
  5. lw26@cornell.edu

    Digitize Lp's

    3. once the initial recording is complete, ClickRepair needs about 3 min of attention to get configured. ( more to learn the program initially. it can be ignored as it processes. you will need some decent monitoring headphones for this and the track dividing steps that follow. built in computer speakers are a poor choice. external speakers playing the sampling that is needed can annoy others in your household. headphones are best. 4 track dividing- 5-10 min. during this step, you can check individual tracks to confirm the clarity of the audio. 5 burn 12 min. does not require your presence once task is started. if you choose not topurcvhase and clickrepair your tracks, the unfiltered/processed version of audio from CDSD will likely be more pleasing over the long term than any messing with eq or separation, hiss/noise reduction that can be added to the file. digital processing noises from cdsd are more jarring than "real' pops and clicks. but if you dont want them either, get clickrepair.
  6. lw26@cornell.edu

    Digitize Lp's

    Oh, couple things I forgot to mention. Time: this sounds involved, but once you become familiar with the process, most of it is done without your active involvement. 1 select/clean lp, connect laptop. - 3 min. 2 record. 40 min- 80 min depending on if you get involved in something else and forget to flip the record over. most of this time does not require you to monitor the recording process.
  7. lw26@cornell.edu

    Digitize Lp's

    Oh, couple things I forgot to mention. Time: this sounds involved, but once you become familiar with the process, most of it is done without your active involvement. 1 select/clean lp, connect laptop. - 3 min. 2 record. 40 min- 80 min depending on if you get involved in something else and forget to flip the record over. most of this time does not require you to monitor the recording process.
  8. lw26@cornell.edu

    Digitize Lp's

    why cant they come up with an new version that functions? sounds like I need to keep my PPC G4 powerbook running. I use an old version of cd spindoctor. it is 2.2, or 3.1 i think... I use an RCA to mini Headphone cable connected from my HI-Fi Receiver's tape "rec" connection and plugged in to the audio in port of the venerable powerbook. Adjust the audio source in cdsd for line in, check audio level on a loud portion of the LP. make sure it is not clipping. Start the recording session, drop the tone arm and do both sides of record in the session. stop program. save file, quit. then use a brilliant application called ClickRepair. (clickrepair.net) It uses advanced math (wavelet processing and fourier transform) to eliminate the clicks and pops, but leave the high frequencies intact. Much better than any other app I have found for this process. open the raw recording from CDSD in ClickRepair. run it. save the resulting file. quit. open this repaired file in spin doctor. roughly lay out tracks manually based on the track listings from the album sleeve. (dont worry about absolute size accuracy or if there is a large space between side 1 and side 2 for the moment) save. set cdsd preferences to allow full magnification of file. move cursor to the approx end of last track. zoom up to a scale where the time is marked individual seconds, with ten .1 sec hash marks. adjust end of final track to about 3 sec after last audible sound of the recording. save. move to beginning of last track. set start of track to .4 sec before opening transient. save. set next-to-last track to end at the beginning of the last-track. (can be done from cdsd menu - key short cut is command-] ) THIS MEANS EACH NEWLY DIVIDED TRACK INCLUDES THE LEAD OUT GROOVE INTO THE NEXT SONG AND THERE ARE NO SPACES BETWEEN TRACKS. repeat this working backward process until you get the first track of side 2 set to correct size- track begins .4 sec before opening transient . save. now adjust side 1 last track to remove the empty space that was recorded while you flipped sides of the lp . set last track side 1 to end about 2-3 sec after last audible recorded sound. save. continue to work backward as just done with side 2 - through side 1 until you have set all tracks to have no space between them and .4 sec of lead-in to the opening track transient. save. your album list should now have all tracks labeled, with no breaks except for the gap between side 1 and side 2. send all the individual tracks to toast. In toast window, set the space before track 1 to 2 sec. set the spacing between all the other tracks to 0.0 sec. burn a cd of your project at 1x speed. when recorded in this fashion, many/most of your LP records freshly placed on cd will be recognized by iTunes Gracenote (CDDB) and will appear with titles and tracks properly labeled. From personal experience, the sound of a digitized LP is much better when the audio "sound" of the blank groove is left intact as part of the just finished song. if divided in other ways, cutting off the leadout groove , or using toast to put X sec of digital silence between the lp tracks, the effect will be somewhat jarring. If you know an LP record intimately well, you will notice if the spacing between the tracks is "wrong". Using the leadout grooves in the manner I laid out preserves nearly all the LP experience, save for the time spent flipping the disc over. Further, ClickRepair can process your old LPs to remove noise effectively enough to withstand critical listening on high quality headphones. after using ClickRepair, there is no need to mess with any of the gimmicky effect sliders or eq controls in CDSD.
  9. lw26@cornell.edu

    dvd Video Menu titles?

    Has anyone tried the 10.0.5 release to see if it will display the titles you add to the imge thumbnail on the navigation menu screen? this functionality was lost after 10.0.2, so I have reverted to it after trying 0.3 and 0.4 TIA lars
  10. lw26@cornell.edu

    Toast 10 - menu text missing

    indeed 10.0.4 is all around, but 10.0.2 is where I last saw my dvd menu text. I just checked in on the discussion group a few minutes ago. I am downloading the file right now. slow server- may be a while, but thank you for the tip. I ll try it out tomorrow. lars
  11. lw26@cornell.edu

    Toast 10 - menu text missing

    I am having the same problem, but do not have a 10.0.2 dmg to go back to. overwrote it when I went to 10.0.3 and then 10.0.4. any idea how to go back there? TIA Lars
  12. lw26@cornell.edu

    Burning track and album titles on audio CD

    " I add album and artist names and each track has a name. I have also marked for ADD CD TEXT. When burning there is no information on the CD, only track 1, 2 .... And no Album or artist name. " like firenhancer said in reply, the track info you see from commercial music CDs in applications is collected from the gracenote/CDDB website. the way it works is not by searching anything embedded in the music file, but by the track sequence timings. the gracenote database is updated by users uploading their text entries of album track info from itunes and other submission paths. you are not supposed to submit track sequences for unique compilations you have created, though i have seen such submissions show up there. I have had quite good success (>90%) creating audio CDs with CDspindoctor from my vinyl lps that are recognized as the correct titles,tracks and song lengths. there seems to be some wiggle room in the absolute timings that cddb interprets. FWIW, if you are trying to make lp to cd transfers that itunes will recognize and label, here is my method: i use a strobe corrected turntable to make sure my songs are initially recorded at the right speed. record an entire album as one recording session. clean up the entire resultant file of surface noise with another application: clickrepair. this brilliant app for purchase at: http://www.clickrepair.net/ open the resultant file in CDSD and start to divide into the indiv. tracks of the lp, working only approximately for the moment. save regularly. give the tracks working names in cdsd for ease of work. with approx start and end points for each track now laid out, zoom way in. till you can see 1 sec with tenth second gradations visible in the timeline ( may need to change default prefs to get this mag level.) good sensitivity headphones are now essential here . working from back to front of the file, change track length to allow 1.5-2.0 sec of leadout from last audio fadeout or transient reverb of last track on the vinyl. begin the start of the last track 0.3-0.4 sec before the initial audible attack of the sound. save. select (hilight) the next to last track, then menu:edit: sync stop time with next track. adjust start location as above and continue till all tracks on a vinyl side are defined. save. you now have a collection of song files that include the silent leadout groove at the ends of each song. send all tracks to toast. change the default toast spacing between tracks to 0.0 sec for all but the first song on the cd- it must remain 2 sec. burn disc. I find these recordings nearly always are found in the database and show up properly labeled in itunes. further, the "analog" leadout groove silence with no separation time between tracks sounds far more correct than digital silent spaces inserted by toast default settings when listening to the CD you can also create the album in toast by combining 2 recording sessions- 1 for each side with the same success rate. just leave about 1.5- 2 sec leadout groove recorded silence at the end of side 1 final song. if tracks are run very close(segue), discard the .3-.4sec. pre-attack idea and start the segued track right at its initial attack. Lars
  13. lw26@cornell.edu

    Compilation Dvd Scene Thumbnails?

    I tried to make a compilation dvd of some scenes from several movie files. I got the disc to work OK on my first try, but I did not find how to change the thumbnail image of the clip away from the opening frame of the file I extracted my clip from. is there a way to get a different picture to represent a scene? if so how do you do it? TIA. Lars
  14. lw26@cornell.edu

    HELP is Toast 7.1.3 needed for !0.3.9 PPC G4 iMac?

    Thanks tsantee, that did the trick.
  15. lw26@cornell.edu

    HELP is Toast 7.1.3 needed for !0.3.9 PPC G4 iMac?

    i am a Registered User. I have been using 7.1.2 Toast for a while on an old flatpanel iMac (1GHz G4, 768 RAM). I keep it at 10.3.9 because my dumb inkjet DC/DVD printer doesnt support it's disc print software on 10.4 and beyond. Anyway, the machine is very reliable (if not particularly fast) burning DVD-videos of AVI files and creating DVDs from Mini-DV camcorder clips at Toast 7.1.2. The machine is not used for much other than gathering and processing video files. I downloaded the Toast 7.1.3 update and tried a new AVI expansion to dvd-video, and it crashes repeatedly during the encoding process. I restarted and did a disk utility repair permissions. no help. Now I want to go back to the "familiarity" and working version of 7.1.2. How do I wipe away all the offending 7.1.3 update and get back to a usable configuration? thanks Lars