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Michael Graubart

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  1. I use Toast 9.0.7 on a Mac with OS 10.8.5. I recently burnt about 87 minutes of music successfully onto a TDK High Capacity CD-R; this was not a matter of overburn or anything like that, but a genuine high-capacity CD-R.

     

    Having run out of the TDK CD-Rs and wanting to make a similar CD, I bought a new batch of TDK CD-Rs, which are described identically to the previous ones, though the jewel-case insert is of a different (darker) colour. This time, Toast tells me that the disk's capacity is 702.8 MB and refuses to record the 87 minutes of music.

     

    Can anyone please throw any light on this and suggest how I can persuade Toast that the CD-R has a capacity of 800 MB?

     

    Apologies for mistyping the title of this post, which should have read 'Burning to TDK High Capacity CD-R (800 MB, 90 min)'


  2. I am using Toast Titanium 9 and the version of Disc Cover 2 RE that comes with it on a Mac — previously on a PPC eMac with OS 10.4.11 and with a built-in Apple CRT display, then (briefly) on a PPC Mac mini with OS 10.4.11 but with a Samsung SyncMaster 172V display, now on an Intel one with OS 10.8.3 and the same Samsung display.

     

    On the eMac with its CRT display, Disc Cover worked very well. With both my more recent computers, using the Samsung SyncMaster display, the circles representing the outer and inner limits of the design when designing a CD label are virtually invisible, making the placing of text and images almost impossible.

     

    My screen contrast is set to maximum and so is the resolution. Changing the resolution has no effect on the visibility of the Disc Cover circles. But in a drawing program the thinnest hair lines are sharply visible and deep black, so this Disc Cover phenomenon seems not directly to be the fault of the Samsung display. If anyone has any suggestions, I should be very grateful.


  3. This is true. The drive reads the coded disc characteristics to determine the available writing speeds.

     

     

    While some application may allow selecting other speeds, that doesn't mean the disc will be burned at that speed. If you were to burn two discs of the same content using both applications and on the lowest speed available for each, then I would expect the burning time (in minutes) to be about the same.

     

    That is very useful and, in a way, reassuring. Thank you, OldArchiver. But why, then, do various sound-recording gurus tell one to burn at low speeds — never more than 4x, preferably 1x — if fairly standard media such as the Verbatim music CD-R that I was experimenting with do not allow such slow burning? Here is an example:

     

    <http://www.srtl.co.uk/srtl/report.html>

     

    Admittedly this is from a firm that sells media and recommends TDK (amongst others) rather than Verbatim. I have not tried a TDK disc to see what speeds that will allow.


  4. I use Toast 9.0.7 on a Mac G4 (PPC) with OS X 10.4.11.

     

    I have recently acquired and am using a LaCie d2 optical drive to burn audio (music) CDs. When I insert a blank CD-R and select 'Recorder' in Toast in order to choose an appropriate burning speed, only some speeds can be selected. For example, with a Verbatim music CD-R, the lowest speed that is available is 16x. But I want to be able to select lower speeds in order to minimize errors and ensure good quality recordings.

     

    I attach a screen shot of Toast/Recorder/Disc Information, using a Verbatim music CD-R.

     

    I have been told by the LaCie support people that the available speeds are determined by the drive and the CD-R disk; but it seems (though I have not tried this) that if I were to use iTunes instead of Toast, I would be able to select lower speeds. I want to be able to use Toast, not iTunes, so I should be very grateful for any advice about getting round this problem.


  5. I use Toast Titanium 9.0.7 on a Mac G4 (PPC) with OS X 10.4.11.

     

    When burning a CD, I like to set the speed to something like 8X rather than 'Best' to reduce the chance of drop-outs or skips. I used to use my Mac's built-in Pioneer optical drive, but when it started to give trouble I bought an external LaCie d2 drive (the burner is Tsstcorp CDDVDW SH-5223L), connected to my computer via FireWire. I now find that if I set my burning speed to 8X and start burning, the burning speed that actually is established is around 14X or even higher, and when I look at my recorder settings in Toast after the CD has been finished, it has reverted to 'Best'. This never happened with my old internal Pioneer drive, and I should be very grateful for any advice as to how to make Toast stick to my predetermined speed.


  6. It worked perfectly. Thank you once more. Actually, once you had put me on the right track, I had another look at the Toast Users' Manual and realized that I had previously misread it. Had I read it more carefully, I would not have wasted your time and my time. But the main thing is that I now have a perfect DVD and I shall know what to do next time.


  7. When you choose the DVD video setting in Toast you are having Toast author a new DVD with a Toast menu rather than the original. What you want to do is either choose the VIDEO_TS folder setting in the Toast Video window and add the VIDEO_TS folder from your hard drive, or choose DVD-Rom (UDF) in the Toast Data window and add the VIDEO_TS folder. Either way Toast will make a copy of the version you already have rather than create a new version.

     

    Thanks very much, Tsantee. I shall now try one of those procedures and see what happens. If it still doesn't work, I shall come back to the issue here; but I hope I shan't have to. Thanks again.


  8. I use Toast 9.0.7 on an eMac (G4, PPC) with OSX 10.4.11.

     

    I have on my hard disk the complete files of a video DVD. If I play it from the hard disk, all titles and menus, and, especially, subtitles appear. But I burnt it to a DVD-R disc, using Toast, set to 'video DVD', and when I played the resulting DVD, there were no subtitles, no menus and some of the main title sequences were missing. What was I doing wrong, and what can I do about it? I should be most grateful for any help.


  9. This is outside my expertise. I know Toast can burn a .bin/cue file using the Disc Image setting in the copy window. But I'm not aware of any way for Toast to recognize a cue sheet in the Audio window. It may be you'll need to use a different application.

     

    Thanks, Tsantee. I have actually now solved my problem, and other readers may be interested in the solution, too: an excellent application called XLD, free of charge from <http://tmkk.hp.infoseek.co.jp/xld/index_e.html>, and another excellent one (basically a CD ripper) called Max, also free of charge from <http://sbooth.org/Max/>, will accept cue-sheets and quickly and easily split a FLAC file according to the cue-sheet; the resulting separate files can then be dragged into Toast in the ordinary way. But it would be good if the Toast developers were to include this facility in a future release. Nero has it, but it is a PC/Windows-only application.


  10. I have been sent a single FLAC file of a recording that consists of many tracks. It was accompanied by a cue-sheet. But I cannot figure out how to get TT 9 to read the cue-sheet and put in the track markers. I should be very grateful for any advice.


  11. That's the first intelligible answer to my puzzle that I have received from anywhere, Tsantee. (My daughter lives in Oregon, too; too far from me in the UK, I'm afraid, but the Oregon air is clearly good for the brain!) Not only intelligible, but extremely useful, too. I shall try what you have suggested straight away.Thank you.

     

    Well, I tried it. I was able to record an empty folder as a data recording, using the 'write disc' setting. The original music tracks were untouched: the CD played perfectly well in my CD player (as it did before). (I did, of course, as recommended by you, Tsantee, ensure that I had the music tracks backed up on my hard drive just in case…)

     

    There was only one trouble: when inserted back into the optical drive of my computer, the CD still took just as long to mount as it did before!

     

    On reflection, that makes sense to me, because multi-session data CDs always take a long time to mount. But at least I now understand why the 'write session' command has an effect on an audio CD. And I know what not to do when I next record an audio CD.


  12. It is possible to add data sessions where the audio CD is the first session. As for the CDs that are still open you could add an empty data folder and choose write disc to close the disc. Don't do this without first copying the tracks to your hard drive because I'd hate it if you followed my advice and the disc became unreadable.

     

    That's the first intelligible answer to my puzzle that I have received from anywhere, Tsantee. (My daughter lives in Oregon, too; too far from me in the UK, I'm afraid, but the Oregon air is clearly good for the brain!) Not only intelligible, but extremely useful, too. I shall try what you have suggested straight away.Thank you.


  13. I use Toast Titanium 7 on an eMac G4 (PPC), OS X 10.4.11. I recently found that audio CDs that I have burnt (using Toast Titanium and my Mac's built-in optical drive) took a very long time to mount when re-inserted into the drive at a later date. The drive made a rhythmic noise for up to 2 minutes before settling down and letting the disc icon appear on the desktop.

     

    After much investigating, I discovered that on a previous occasion, when I was making a multi-session data CD, I had left the advanced recorder settings at 'write session' instead of 'write disc'. When I re-set them to 'write disc', the problem with newly-burnt audio CDs disappeared. (There is presumably nothing that I can do with the old ones!) But what puzzles me is that it is in any case impossible to make multi-session audio CDs — so how and why did leaving the recorder set to 'write session' affect the way audio CDs were burnt? I should be most grateful for any ideas or information about this.

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