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burning 96/24 music DVDs successfully


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I have posted a couple of questions about burning 96/24 high resolution music file on DVD-R and gotten no help that actually allowed me to do it on either the Apple forum or on the Roxio forum, but I now have a solution, cobbled together from several sources and suggestions by friends:

 

One can use Roxio's CD Spin Doctor to record 96/24 music files, but I have not been able to burn them to DVD using Toast 9. I have been able to down-rez them to 48/24, which throws away half the data but still sounds very good, but even that limits me to about 45 minutes of music from only one single recording session on a disc. However, one can import those files to Audacity 1.2.6a for powerPC, edit the files and divide them into tracks manually if desired, then drag and and drop the files into Toast 8 music DVD with the resolution custom set to 96/24, and burn them to DVD. The resulting DVDs sound excellent with only very subtle differences, if any, between the recording and the original. This is vastly better than burning CDs, which can sound pretty good but the information loss is audible and obvious. The CDs sound like CDs. The 96/24 music DVDs sound like the original records.

 

This probably works with other versions of Audacity on an Intel Mac, but I haven't tried it on my MacBook yet. However, IT DOES NOT WORK USING TOAST 9; but it does work with Toast 8.

 

AND one can make longer DVDs with files from multiple sessions, I suspect 100 minutes long or longer, but the longest I have done so far is about 82 minutes. Audacity can be used to digitize music files at 96/24, though I haven't done that yet either. So far I have just taken music files recorded over the past 2 years with Spin Doctor that I had previously tried unsuccessfully to burn with Toast 9. I imported the files to Audacity edited them, and burned them with Toast 8, and that worked just fine, but only with Toast 8.

 

In reference to another posting on the Roxio forum, I do note that there is a minimum one second break between my edited tracks. I would really like to have zero second breaks between tracks (like one can do on CD), but apparently I can't do that. But at least I can now have high resolution music on DVD.

 

I do have a question that I don't have a solution for. How do you make a music DVD that will play all the way through without pausing or stopping, but without repeating endlessly either? If you check continuous play, it will play all the way through, but then repeat (ad nauseum) unless you get up and manually stop it. My work around is recording some blank tracks or lead-out grooves from old LPs for a minute or so after the end of the program, to give myself a chance to get up and stop it before the album starts to repeat.

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I do have a question that I don't have a solution for. How do you make a music DVD that will play all the way through without pausing or stopping, but without repeating endlessly either? If you check continuous play, it will play all the way through, but then repeat (ad nauseum) unless you get up and manually stop it. My work around is recording some blank tracks or lead-out grooves from old LPs for a minute or so after the end of the program, to give myself a chance to get up and stop it before the album starts to repeat.

There isn't a way to change this in Toast. However, it probably can be done by modifying the IFO in the VIDEO_TS folder using MyDVDEdit. The process involves dragging a Toast-authored VIDEO_TS folder to the hard drive (either from a disc or from a disc image), changing the permissions to read and write and then changing an instruction in the IFO. Unfortunately I don't know what instruction to change. There is information on the site for MyDVDEdit's developer. If you figure this out, please come back here to share it.

 

I'm glad you're finding some success with your high-quality audio files.

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