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  1. bearh8r

    Same Audio Tracks With Cd Spin Doctor

    TSantee, thanks again for a great workaround. CD Spin Doctor has been great when it worked, but a colossal pain when it didn't. At least with this workaround, I can continue to digitize music from my albums. Just wanted you to know that I appreciate your guidance. I will look into that application you referenced by Bias.
  2. bearh8r

    CD Spin Doctor recording truncates upon save

    After a little experimenting, I have found that the following workaround works well for me: 1) Record the LP 2) Mark one track 4) File + Save a Copy As... 5) Name file and save it (my system does not show a file name at the top of the CDSD window at this point) 6) Use the Finder to locate the file you just saved 7) Ctrl click the file and select Open With (CD Spin Doctor) 8) It'll ask you if you want to save the original file, but you don't need to 9) The file should open in CDSD, and you should now see the file name at the top of the CDSD window 10) I find that when I do this, it even retains the first track that I marked 11) Everything should function just fine at this point The only odd thing is that the files carry an .aif extension instead of .aiff. That doesn't seem to matter.
  3. bearh8r

    CD Spin Doctor recording truncates upon save

    Thanks for the workaround tips. One last related question. I noticed that sometimes, CDSD saves a file with an aiff extension, but other times it saves it with a aif extension. Does that matter? I lied. I do have one more question. With regards to CDSD, what is the difference between "Save As" and "Save A Copy As?" Isn't every type of save still a save? I don't think I have any other applications that allow you to "save a copy."
  4. bearh8r

    CD Spin Doctor recording truncates upon save

    The defaults when I record are sample rate = 44,100 Hz and bits per channel = 16. Does that mean I need to change the save option to 16 bit? Thanks for the assistance. If your problem is like the one I experienced, the full length of the recording shows up right after I hit OK after the capture is complete. It is when I mark 1 or more tracks, name the file, and save it that I have my problems. It appears that the file does get saved, but I think it is somehow corrupted. That is when it gets reduced from 40 minutes to 8 minutes (or something similar). Once that happens, the "lost" recording is gone forever. At least it is consistent in that the truncated part of the recording is always the "back half" of the recording. The first couple of songs is always in tact. Does anyone have any clues on fixes or workarounds?
  5. bearh8r

    CD Spin Doctor recording truncates upon save

    Thanks for the tip. I gave that a try (including Auto-Define before saving), but when I did, CDSD saved it, but the file name did not appear in the header of the CDSD screen (giving me the impression that it did not save properly). I went to the folder where it was supposed to be stored, and there it was! Just for grins, I saved a copy to the desktop, and it saved both the original and the filtered version (after I applied filters). Those appeared to save properly, but I still never got the file name to appear in the header until I closed the file and re-opened it. All this being said, I am not sure that it still is working as it should. I plan to try another double album, but haven't done so yet for fear of investing all that time for nothing. The "Recording time left on disk is 24 hrs 44 min," so that should not be an issue. When I go to save the file, I get a choice of Data Formats: Linear PCM, 8 bit big-endian signed integer, as well as 16 bit, 24 bit, and 32 bit. The default is 8. Do I need to change that to another format? Since I am asking questions, is there anything I can do to get CDSD to export track numbers to iTunes? Currently, I have to re-type that information into iTunes once all the files have imported. By the way, it was nice to see that the "double export" issue has been resolved. When I export tracks to iTunes, I now only get one copy of each track.
  6. I recently updated to Toast 10.0.3 because I had been experiencing many problems with the prior version. I was pleased with many of the fixes to CD Spin Doctor. While this updated version seems to be much improved, I still encountered a frustrating problem. I recorded a double album set (4 sides). When I successfully completed the recording, all the songs were there after I pressed OK. I conducted an Auto-Define, and it marked all of the 16 songs. The next step was to save the file. I saw the workaround provided by tsantee, so I thought this would do the trick. When I did click save, I ended up with less than 9 minutes of recorded music, and about 2-1/2 songs. As you can imagine, after spending over an hour inputting the music from this album, all that work was lost, and I was quite disappointed. I am running a 3.06GHz iMac (Intel Core 2 Duo), with Snow Leopard 10.6.1, 2GB RAM, and about 500GB free space on my 1TB internal hard drive. Prior to installing Toast 10.0.3, I went through all the steps recommended by Roxio Support (remove all files related to these applications, repair permissions, secure empty trash, etc.). The installation went fine, with no error messages. Any ideas on what I can do to avoid truncated recordings?
  7. bearh8r

    Low level distortion added by CD Spin Doctor

    Very interesting. I did what you suggested. I recorded about 45 seconds of a soft track, named the track, and dragged it to my desktop. I then closed CDSD and did an "Open With" of the file using CDSD. When it opened, there was no added noise. Do you think there is some way that I can edit the starts, ends, and filter a track and save it this way?
  8. bearh8r

    Low level distortion added by CD Spin Doctor

    I think I am running out of options. I can send an unsaved cut to Toast, but when I shut down Toast 10 and try to open the Toast disc file that I saved, I get the following message: "The file "CDSDScratchTempFile.caf" couldn't be found. Would you like to look for it?" When I make a Toast disc file from iTunes tracks, I don't get this message. Also, I guess that I can't figure out how to open a Toast file in CDSD. When I do an "Open With" on the Toast file, CDSD is not even an option. As for USB devices, I have a Harmon-Kardon speaker system, the MAC keyboard, an Epson printer, an iPod cable, and that's about it. On the FireWire ports, I have a 1TB external hard drive on one and a 250GB external hard drive on another. I'm still waiting to hear back from Roxio. Thanks again for trying to help.
  9. bearh8r

    Low level distortion added by CD Spin Doctor

    I recorded a 30 snippet of a fairly quiet song so I could listen for the distortion. Prior to saving it, I sent it to Toast. It played fine without the typical added distortion. I saved it in Toast 10, closed down Toast, re-opened Toast, pulled up the test track and it played without distortion. Obviously, this would be a workaround, but I need the ability to split tracks, edit the starts and ends, and apply filters; all normal functions within CD Spin Doctor. As for audio capture settings: Recording Quality (CD Quality), Sample Rate (44100 Hz), Bits Per Channel (16 bits), Channels (2-stereo), Data Format (Linear PCM, 8 bit big-endian signed integer). Are there any other settings that I should look at? FYI - reinstalled the Audio Capture Support, and got an error message that read, "The system extension /system/library/extension/CDSD Audio Capture Support.kext was installed improperly and cannot be used. Please try reinstalling or contact the product's vendor." Also, I upgraded to Snow Leopard recently, but that appears to have no affect on my CDSD problems. The latest step I have taken with Roxio Support is to send them my iMac Profiler info. I also sent them a sample track so they could hear the distortion themselves. We'll see what happens. Thanks for all your help. It is very much appreciated.
  10. bearh8r

    Low level distortion added by CD Spin Doctor

    I created the new account. The ultimate result was better, but there still is some added noise once I save the file. The noise is not present when I play the track prior to saving it. Not sure what to do now.
  11. bearh8r

    Low level distortion added by CD Spin Doctor

    You could be on to something with this plug-in theory. While I did not have any plug-ins in the VST folders, I did find a number of them in the MacintoshHD\Library\Internet Plug-Ins folder. When I moved all of them to a folder on my desktop, I went back into CDSD, recorded a relatively soft passage from one song, and then played it back for evaluation. As was the case in prior attempts, before I saved the file, there was absolutely no distortion. When I saved it and played it back, that file had distortion, but it was markedly less than before moving the Internet plug-ins. I did a search for other plug-ins located on my system, and found a number of them scattered in a variety of folders. For instance, there is an iSightAudio plug-in located in MacintoshHD\Applications\CanoScan Toolbox 4.1\HAL. The CanoScan Toolbox was for an old scanner that I don't even use any more. I did not try moving it to my desktop folder yet. Should I keep going with the plug-in removal process? The distortion has lessened by 60-70%, but it is still audible. Thanks so much for your help. By the way, here is the latest suggestion from Roxio. Should I go through the trouble of following these directions? The repair permissions thing has never worked. I have tried it a dozen times. I have not gone so far as to create a new user. Choose Disk Utility from the Utilities menu. To fix that, follow these steps: 1.Open Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities/). 2.Select your Startup Disk from the device list. 3.Click the Repair Permissions button. 4.After the repair routine is finished, quit Disk Utility. 5.Restart the computer. I would like you to try something, just as a test. http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?pa....5/en/8235.html After creating the new user, you can log in with the new user and test CD Spin Doctor from the new user.
  12. bearh8r

    Low level distortion added by CD Spin Doctor

    Any idea how I identify that offending VST plug-in? I searched my hard drive for plugins and I found several Microsoft plugins (can I assume that they are not the culprits?), a Silverlight plugin, something called a Flash Player plugin, a Flip4Mac WMV plugin, and AdobePDFViewer plugin, a Move-Media-Player plugin, a QuickTime Plugin, and finally, two different coupon printer plugins. Those pretty much took me back to the beginning of 2009. Do any of those sound suspicious?
  13. bearh8r

    Low level distortion added by CD Spin Doctor

    Thanks for trying to help me with this. I started a ticket with Roxio. So far, they have been virtually no help. This time, they suggested that I remove the files in the Quicktime Library folder, which I did. It only made the problem worse by adding hiss to the distortion. Their next suggestion was for me to download the latest version of Toast 10, which I had already done two times before. They are no help at all.
  14. bearh8r

    Low level distortion added by CD Spin Doctor

    When I listen to a cut imported via Sound Studio, there is absolutely no distortion, other than typical record noise. I can open a Sound Studio cut and play it in Spin Doctor without the distortion. Once I save the file in Spin Doctor, it adds the distortion. The distortion is apparent in both the filtered and unfiltered versions. You can still hear the distortion when Spin Doctor cuts are exported to and played in iTunes. When I play a cut in Sound Studio that was edited in Spin Doctor, the "added" distortion is very apparent. It is fairly low level, and sounds like the music is breaking up (slightly). The weird thing for me is that I didn't have a problem with earlier versions of Spin Doctor (other than all the other known problems). It appears that they have fixed some problems and (for me) created another. I should also mention that I have had issues with Spin Doctor crashing. In an effort to troubleshoot this issue, I tried to see if the distortion appeared on older tracks I imported via CD Spin Doctor. I tried to open some of these earlier files created by one of the earlier versions, and they don't appear to work well. In fact, the system crashes quite often. In short, the system is pretty unstable.
  15. I have been trying to get CD Spin Doctor to work properly for months. I have completely removed Toast 10 and Spin Doctor and reloaded the most recent versions from the Roxio Support site. Nothing seems to work. I have been using the various work-arounds for marking and saving Spin Doctor files, and have been able to limp along OK. The latest issue that cropped up is some low-level distortion that Spin Doctor is adding to my recordings. At first, I suspected the preamp hooked to my turntable, so I tried recording in Sound Studio that came with my Mac. There is no distortion on these recordings. If I open the Sound Studio aiff file in Spin Doctor, the distortion magically appears, so I know that it is something to do with Spin Doctor. The distortion is something like typical surface rumble, only louder. It can easily be heard during soft passages and in between cuts. As a matter of fact, you can actually hear the audio signal breaking up slightly. Using the Spin Doctor filters does not clear up the distortion. Any idea what is going on? I am running OS 10.5.7 on a 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo processor.
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