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Old 2010-04-18, 12:21 AM
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Re: GAPS using NERO and Power2go

I'm not familiar with Power2go so no comment there.

You can remove gaps with the Nero WAV editor, but the problem then becomes what about the sector boundary error that you introduce into the track? If you remove a portion of a sector then something "has to give" somewhere else ... assuming you are going to maintain track alignments on boundaries. Another possibly huge point is what about the newly changed "beat pattern" you've introduced?

Frequently what you will find is that folks have replaced a very messed up portion of a recording with silence. The silence is created by simply reducing the volume of the track to zero where the really nasty problem exists. If you find a 1/2 second one of those and then take out the silence then you could end up with a momentary bit of strangeness in the beat. That's not a good idea (IMHO). On the other hand if you have gaps that were somehow introduced between tracks then you may well be able to improve the situation quite a bit. The problem here again is sector alignment.

The Exact Audio Copy WAV editor is mentioned below. I'm sure that there MUST be better freeware wave editors than the one from EAC (maybe Audacity?) ... I'm just not familiar with them. If other folks have suggestions about good freeware WAV editors please post in this thread.

Exact Audio Copy has a WAV editor that in some ways is rudimentary. The user controls/interface could use work, but hey it's FREE (thank you EAC providers!). One very nice thing about it is that you can zoom all the way in and see the individual samples that comprise sectors. This enables you to see if a track is sector aligned or possibly remove samples at the beginning/end of a track on a sample by sample basis e.g. THIS exact sample is the beginning/end of the zero samples. The problem again is sector alignment.

If you have the "introduced gaps between tracks" problem then you could edit out all zero samples at the beginnings/ends of the tracks and then join all the tracks into one giant WAV and then resplit the tracks on sector boundaries very near the original places after first adding some zero samples in the last sector or trimming off the last few samples in the last sector of that one giant "track" (= the CD). You might also want to do some work "knitting the tracks together" at the old track boundaries. The much better situation is where you do not need to do that "knitting."

A word about Nero 6 WAV editor ... I've occasionally gotten some very odd results using it. With that one be careful to check that you have gotten what you think you should have gotten (in the entire track) ... and keep intermediate copies of the modified tracks. I've never had that sort of problem with the EAC WAV editor. I use Nero 6 because it was provided to me along with a burner I bought. Versions of Nero after v6, to me, seem to be bloatware.
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