Mark Knecht wrote:
I guess the
process of copying audio and data from CD
doesn't introduce any opportunity to compromise the
sonic quality of the source. Am I right or wrong?
According to one guy, you're wrong.
Hm. Of course things can go wrong in a digital
transfer, but they are not supposed to. It's rare,
luckily, otherwise we would have even more trouble
than we do when we store computer files on CDR.
Remember that only a single bit error in a software
on CD will probably make your computer crash. How
often does that happen? (OK, sometimes it does!)
'Exact Audio Copy'
Snake oil. :-)
Of course it's a good thing that it tells you if
you have a serious dropout on your CD - that does
happen. I'm sure it's a fine program.
I think you might be looking for it's 'Glitch
section on the Sound Editor page.
Won't remove clips though.
These may be clipping, but the might be incorrectly
written bits on the CD you're ripping, as described above.
Maybe. Doubt it.
As an experiment, I've burned multiple CDRs with
same database, and then used EAC to see what happened.
None of the CDRs were identical, even when burned at
a lower speed.
!!!. Hope you don't make your computer file backups with
It could also be just plain clipping if the levels
set too hot in the original mix.
Not clipping on the digital side, but you might guess
that there was clipping in the original mix.
Other CDs I've run across with strange results
be something like SMPTE by Transatlantic which seems
to drive my CD player crazy with clipping.
In principle, it can't make your CD player clip, not if
its analog circuits are adjusted correctly. Sorry for
splitting hairs :-)
Waves has some stuff in their Restoration package for
clicks and pops,
Won't fix clips though.
look-ahead limiter/compressor which is quite good at
this sort of stuff.
Won't fix clips after the fact.
Dr. Oyvind Hammer
Dinosaur researcher etc.
University of Oslo