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d_deweywright

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  1. You'll need to be a bit clearer in your answer. I'm not talking about any sort of transfer, only about playback of the files.

     

    If you play the files on your computer, no DVD involved, using something like the VLC player, do they appear choppy? If so, then it sounds like they weren't captured well. In which case, we have to ask about the specs on your PC.

     

    Please follow the instructions HERE for posting your dxdiag file.


  2. To understand what's going on here, we have to get a little bit technical. CDs are written in sectors. Each sector on an Audio CD contains 2352 bytes of data (music) which is 1/75 of a second. (On a data CD, there are 2048 bytes of "data" plus 304 bytes of error correction code, still a total of 2352 bytes.)

     

    Each track (song) on a CD _must_ start on sector boundary. So, if the previous track doesn't completely fill the previous sector, that sector is padded with zeros (silence). If there is music playing in there, that bit of padding will be heard as a little "glitch" or "dropout."

     

    If you're capturing from an LP, you need to use a program that will split your tracks on a sector-size boundary. (And if you then edit the track by trimming anything, all bets are off.) The free CD Wave program automatically positions the split on a sector boundary so that any tracks the flow from one to the next won't have those glitches. I believe GoldWave has a "prep for CD" option to help with this. All of these are dependent on capturing and editing in .WAV format. Converting to/from .MP3 can indeed change the final file size so it is no longer on a sector boundary. I don't know for certain whether or not Roxio's Sound Editor concerns itself with prepping tracks for CD burning that way.

     

    Oh, and you can't calculate whether your track is properly sized just by looking at the byte count of the .WAV file, because there is header information in the .WAV file that isn't part of the actual music data. You'd have to make sure you take out the header data (usually, but not necessarily, 44 bytes).

     

    I confess, I don't use Sound Editor to capture my LPs, I use CD Wave to capture and split out my tracks. I do most of my noise reduction processing on the entire side of an LP, then split that final file apart. Then I use Roxio's Music Disc Creator to burn my discs.

     

    Standard disclaimer, I have no affiliation with CD Wave or GoldWave, except as a satisfied user, and receive no remuneration for mentioning their products.


  3. The issue, as I see it, is that Music Disc Creator isn't seeing a CD-R drive in your system. Please let us know the make model of the Optical (DVD/CD) drive in your system. Is there any possibility that it's not a writer, and only a read device?

     

    If it recognized a writable drive, it would list that drive, in addition to the image option.


  4. And have you tried the suggestion of burning your content onto a different brand (or two) of discs? What brand are you using? The original poster never came back to indicate if he had tried that suggestion. Perhaps he did, it solved his problem, and he never responded. Let us know if that suggestion helps you, or if you've already tried it.


  5. I've had this problem as well, for several versions. You'll note, that if you click on the box with the question-mark in it, you'll then actually see the "preview" of the effect. So, it's tedious, but you can see the preview of them, just one-at-a-time. I don't usually get too fancy with my transitions, so only use a few, but I can always look at them by simply clicking on them.

     

    I know, not a "solution" but it is a workaround.


  6. The connection from the Receiver would be from the "Tape Out" jacks. Those are automatically switched to give a line-level output of whatever you're listening to, LP (Phono), Aux, or Radio. However, the "Tape Out" jacks are NOT switched to send the signal that's being listened to from the tape deck, because if the tape deck is set to record, you'll get a feedback loop.... unless there are two tape inputs. Then you can usually hit the dubbing switch to send the output from one tape deck to the other via the "Tape Out" jacks.

     

    So, the receiver is a more generic signal source than a Cassette/Tape deck since many people are capturing from LP rather than from cassette.


  7. Well, at this point, I just don't know what the source of the noise is. Since playing the tape directly through your TV doesn't introduce the noise, we have to assume it's either in the Roxio video capture device, or a combination of that and the Mac. I was forgetting that you're on a Mac, and Goldwave is a Windows application. You've tried a different Mac, and a different USB power supply, so we've sort of isolated it to the Roxio device.

     

    Once again, what we're forced to recognize is that no matter how "Easy" something may be described as being, there's often much too much to learn. :) At this point, I don't have a good solution for you, without you having to get into a little bit of audio editing. As I say, most audio editors can create a notch filter that would take out the objectionable noise from your video. But that's an extra couple of steps (extract the audio, filter it, add it back to your video).

     

    You could try contacting Roxio and explain the problem (point them to this thread), but I doubt you'll get much satisfaction from Roxio. I'd be as tempted to look for another device, possibly find a less-expensive used one off ebay. Then we could see if it's your specific unit, or an overall design problem, but you're the first person to mention a high frequency noise problem, so there's hope it's the device, not the design of the device.

     

    Sorry I don't have a better idea. Maybe someone else will put one forth!


  8. Okay... in the gap, it's audible... but I do have to crank it up some.

     

    I extracted the audio from your clip. One interesting thing is that there's a definite DC offset on your audio. Not sure how or why it's happening, but it is. Shouldn't be an issue with anything. The main noise is right around 8,000 Hz., with a harmonic at 16,000 Hz. (I'm pretty sure I can't hear that high anymore). So, if you used a tool like GoldWave, an audio editor, you can make a notch filter to filter it out.

     

    (Okay, I got curious and listened to some test tones available on YouTube. I can get up to 14,000 Hz, but cut out at 15,000 Hz. That's actually as good or better than I expected.)

     

    Now, I have another question for you. When you're working on your video, are you using speakers, headphones/earbuds?

     

    If you're using headphones/earbuds, can you still hear the noise if you use your speakers. Your TVs audio response may roll off enough that you simply won't hear the noise, which you said you didn't when playing the VCR through the TV. If you play your captured video through your TV, do you hear the noise?


  9. I don't know what options are available in the Mac version of Easy VHS to DVD. They're pretty limited in the Windows version. My original thought was to have you extract the audio from a bit of your video, and post that somewhere so we could listen to it. But there's probably a pretty good chance those options aren't available. So, could you instead post a few seconds of a video someplace where we could download it, a bit that has the high-pitched sound clearly evident? Actually hearing the problem may help us out.


  10. I think I know the sound you're talking about, and my suspicion is the power on your USB port. If the 5V power has any switching noise from the power supply, it can come through the Roxio Capture Device, I've heard it. So, if you have another USB port, try that. If that doesn't work, you could try, no guarantees this will help, a powered USB hub. It will have it's own power supply, and if the problem is the power from your Mac, then that may isolate it enough to clean up your signal.

     

    Hope that helps!


  11. I recently noticed that Digitize Lps doesn't save a song on about 1 out of 20 LPs

    I tried to re-digitize the song and it still wouldn't save.

     

    Also when I switched from Creator NXT 2 to Creator NXT 4 Music ID only tries to ID the first 2 songs.

    When I was using Creator NXT 2 it would try to ID all of the songs and some times get all of them right!

     

    So, what exactly happens when it "doesn't save a song"?

     

    Is it a case that some of what was played is deleted? Or is it a case that it's not identifying a change between tracks so that one of the tracks is appended to the next one? Or do you mean that it's just not coming up with a name for the track?

     

    Do you have track detection enabled so that it automatically attempts to split out each track? (I'm assuming that's the case.)

     

    Not being shy about doing my own track splitting, I always record the entire side of an album at one time, then I manually split out the tracks. I also then name the files manually, but that's just my preference.

     

    But let us know exactly what's happening.

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