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Converting Audiobook Cds


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I am just now trying for the first time to use Toast 10 to convert a 9-CD audiobook to one track. After disc 2 finished converting, I accidentally clicked on DONE and could find no way to backtrack or edit and continue adding the CDs to the one track. So I tossed out the track I had done and started a new "disc" with disc 1. I got 3 discs converted and then popped in the 4th disc. Toast came up with an error and would not let me continue adding to the file I had already started. As far as I can tell, the file with 3 converted CDs is no good because it wasn't "finished" and here I am again having to start over, apparently.

 

I cannot find any instructions for this feature in the Toast 10 manual.

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I am just now trying for the first time to use Toast 10 to convert a 9-CD audiobook to one track. After disc 2 finished converting, I accidentally clicked on DONE and could find no way to backtrack or edit and continue adding the CDs to the one track. So I tossed out the track I had done and started a new "disc" with disc 1. I got 3 discs converted and then popped in the 4th disc. Toast came up with an error and would not let me continue adding to the file I had already started. As far as I can tell, the file with 3 converted CDs is no good because it wasn't "finished" and here I am again having to start over, apparently.

 

I cannot find any instructions for this feature in the Toast 10 manual.

 

For the moment, once you click Done there is no method to resume importing Audiobook discs.

 

Do you recall the error message you received? If you quit Toast and relaunched it, then began again from disc 1 did the process complete successfully?

 

 

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For the moment, once you click Done there is no method to resume importing Audiobook discs.

 

Do you recall the error message you received? If you quit Toast and relaunched it, then began again from disc 1 did the process complete successfully?

 

I can't be sure about the error message but it may have been a sense error.

 

I just tried ripping another book on CD to see if it was any better than the first time. I ended up with 2 tracks from 8 CDs. That isn't bad, but I was hoping for one track.

 

The other book I ripped (and posted about) ended up having 4 tracks from 9 CDs.

 

Sometimes Gracenote would get the CD info and sometimes it wouldn't and I would have to type in the book name and author.

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I have to admit, I cannot figure out the Convert Audiobook feature at all. What the heck are you supposed do actually do to import an audiobook from CDs?

 

And, do you realize that there is zero documentation of this feature? The word "audiobook" does not appear even once in the Toast 10 manual OR the online knowledgebase (for Toast, it appears once there, but only for Creator).

 

I upgraded to Toast 10 specifically for the audiobook conversion feature. But so far as I can tell, it's not really there...

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I have to admit, I cannot figure out the Convert Audiobook feature at all. What the heck are you supposed do actually do to import an audiobook from CDs?

 

And, do you realize that there is zero documentation of this feature? The word "audiobook" does not appear even once in the Toast 10 manual OR the online knowledgebase (for Toast, it appears once there, but only for Creator).

 

I upgraded to Toast 10 specifically for the audiobook conversion feature. But so far as I can tell, it's not really there...

I don't have an audiobook CD to test but it appears to me that you select Audiobook in the Convert window, insert disc 1 of the audiobook so it appears in the Read From button and click the big red button where you give the instructions for the conversion. When disc 1 is done it should eject and you're asked for disc 2 and so on.

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I can't be sure about the error message but it may have been a sense error.

 

I just tried ripping another book on CD to see if it was any better than the first time. I ended up with 2 tracks from 8 CDs. That isn't bad, but I was hoping for one track.

 

The other book I ripped (and posted about) ended up having 4 tracks from 9 CDs.

 

Sometimes Gracenote would get the CD info and sometimes it wouldn't and I would have to type in the book name and author.

 

 

Sometimes Gracenote would get the CD info and sometimes it wouldn't and I would have to type in the book name and author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes Gracenote would get the CD info and sometimes it wouldn't and I would have to type in the book name and author.

 

 

A work-around is to insert disc in the set first and allow iTunes to identify each disc. Now start up Titanium 10. Since all of the discs have already been identified; Titanium 10 will not use Gracenote.

 

I just tried to convert a 12-disc audiobook. When the eighth CD was inserted I received a message stating that it could not find the file: error =-35

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Here's what I tried:

 

  1. Switch to the Convert > Audiobook.
  2. Set the Options for the convertion: Audio Quality = Good, 1x playback, stereo --> mono.
  3. Insert disc #1 of an 11 disc audiobook.
  4. Click the Big Red Button.
  5. In the Save As dialog, choose "Multiple CDs to Single File", don't add to iTunes.
  6. Save file to desktop.

 

After ~10 minutes of converting, I get a dialog "Couldn't complete the last command because of a Mac OS Error. Result Code = 5". The only action possible is to click the OK button, which takes me back to Convert > Audiobook, with nothing imported. It appears from other posters that having an error occur somewhere during importing discs is not uncommon. It also appears that an error anywhere in the import process renders the whole conversion lost.

 

I have spent about two hours researching and testing the Convert Audiobooks feature, and I would conclude three things:

 

  1. This feature is badly designed.
  2. This feature is poorly implemented.
  3. This feature is not documented at all.

 

I wonder how many of the engineers on this release would be happy to sign their names to it. Frankly, I'd be too ashamed, at least if I had worked on this part of the product.

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