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Audio CD track start ID problem with Toast 6...


i_thalidomide

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This is a long-standing problem I've had when burning audio CDs in Toast (currently Titanium 6) at speeds over 2x, and I've never found a satisfactory explanation for it. For some unknown reason, each track's start ID will be a fraction of a second late, so that the opening split-second of each track will appear at the tail of the preceding track, prior to the appropriate start ID. Tracks that start sharply will then "pop" in if started from their own official track number, and tracks played on their own out of the disc's continuity will have a brief pop on the end as well, from the opening of the following track.

 

Of course, this is most likely not an issue for a lot of people, as most tracks have a bit of nothing at the head and tail, and I suspect most users will select some type of gap between burned tracks anyway, so this phenomenon will not normally be noticeable. However, I always like to remaster anything that goes onto a CD, and I lop off virtually all but a millisecond or two of silence from the start and end of every track, and I also don't tend to set any gaps between tracks - wasted space according to me, so this little "issue" has been a constant source of aggravation to me. Anyone else who operates the way I do will likely have noticed this as well, I suppose. Usually, I circumvent this by burning at slower speeds, but it seems, lately, as though no hardware or media will support anything less than 4x for burning, so I'm now stuck finding a more tangible solution...

 

Before anyone mentions it, I have noticed this issue on several different systems, with several different vrsions of Toast and several different brands of media and burners, both internal and external, so none of that is likely to be the issue. Whatever it is, it's a basic function of Toast itself.

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You sound like a perfect customer for Jam 6. It burns in frames on a disc rather than sectors so there is much more precision. In addition you can do that track trimming in Jam and do cross-fading between tracks if you like. You'll have a truly gapless audio CD.

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Well, I am used to doing my remastering in Pro Tools, as there's often more than just trimming involved - gain, compression, the occasional bit of EQing, and so on... Plus I'm used to it and use it all the time anyway.

 

However, your advice does make sense to me. I would have hoped to find something freeware to do the same job, but I've been hearing about Jam for years and I've never really known what it is, so maybe I'll check it out. Anything that increases my options and performace is welcome.

 

I'll try it and post my results here if it's not too far in the future.

 

 

Thanks for the tip!

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