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How to create 1 mp3 file from an audio CD that has 1 physical audio track with mutiple track "markers".

The Audio CD has one long, continuous audio session. Playing the CD in a standard audio player plays the entire single physical audio session from start to finish without any breaks. The audio session has 70 track "markers" (at 1 minute intervals). The player shows that there are 70 "tracks" on the CD. That makes it easy to select any particular part of the continuous audio session as desired, or to easily go back to replay a section, or to stop listening at any time, and be able to continue listening at a later time from where you left off.

The same technique is used for audio accompaniment tracks for choirs or singers. There is one complete, unbroken physical audio track for the entire song that plays from start to finish without any gaps. But there are track "markers" at several intervals throughout the entire song. That makes it easy to pick any part of the song to play when doing singing practice. There are no gaps or clicks at each track marker.

Considering the first example Audio CD above, using Nero Burning Rom to "Save Audio Tracks..." creates 70 separate audio files! One can use Nero WaveEditor to Edit > Insert each file (very tedious for 70 files!), but the final result has clicks and gaps at every join!

How can one do the simple task of creating just one continuous mp3 file from the original one continuous physical audio "track" on the CD please? There must be a way...
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  • If you want to insert all 70 files at one time into WaveEditor, select File, Open. You can then select all your files using standard Windows keystrokes.

    Would you try that and then let me know if there are still clicks and gaps. You might be able to eliminate clicks using the declicker. I think there's also a way to remove gaps.

    I'm in a hurry this morning so I can't give you a better answer.
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  • Thanks for your reply Wither 1,

    WaveEditor has disabled all the standard Windows keystrokes and mouse methods for selecting multiple files. It will ONLY allow the selection of just one file at a time. Shame.

    For the professional audio accompaniment tracks, I want the precise original complete track. So far the only way I have found to do it is to use Audacity zoomed in to the individual samples. it allows me to cut the Nero added excess off the end of say part 1, after the last sample, and cut the added excess off the start of part 2 up to the start of the first sample, to create what I believe is a perfect join that matches the original. But that is very tedious.

    One can listen to the original CD in perfect completeness. One should be able to convert the compete "track" as one.
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  • Were you using File\Open instead of Edit\Insert......? As shown below, I'm able to select multiple files in that manner-



    As noted before, I think the declicker will eliminate the clicks and you can cut the gaps.
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  • I was using Edit > Insert as mentioned in my original post.

    I am using WaveEditor V15.0.6000

    Using File > Open creates a new instance of WaveEditor for every file. Shame.

    Looking closer, the "click" sounds like a click because of the sharp cutoff at the end of or beginning of each track. When the gap is removed, the end of one waveform matches the start of the next, so then there is no "click". The gap is 27mS long. The declicker will get rid of the sharp cutoff, but the gap remains. It is too tedious to manually remove 70 gaps. I can't use anything that will automatically cut out 27mS gaps of silence, because then a speech will get messed up - crammed together. And on some songs there is just drum beats with small segments of silence between them. Cutting out the silent segments will obviously mess up the beat timing.

    It all points back to having to be able to grab the entire original track without having Nero chop it up into individual separated tracks.
    • You're right about the addition of multiple files. Sorry about that. :(

      You can use Edit, Insert Audio Files to add multiple files at one time in SoundTrax and then use File, Export to Audio File to create a single file. Note that when you select your files, it will give you the option to add a fade in between the files. Selecting the correct duration of the fade in, would probably get rid of the clicks and gaps.
    • Hey Wither 1 - that was very close! That bit about Export was very helpful. Thanks for your help!
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    Peter,

    Have you tried simply importing the CD directly into Nero WaveEditor?

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  • Omega Tester! - your solution is perfect!! Thank you so much!! This is exactly what I was looking for, and it works beautifully! There are no gaps or clicks between track markers - the complete audio track comes in as one whole just as it plays on the CD.

    The File > Export to Audio File... function that Wither 1 mentioned (thanks Wither 1!) is wonderful - all the various formats with advanced options are available - fantastic!

    I found there are 2 ways to get to the same import CD function - your way, and Audio > Import from Audio CD...

    I had forgotten about SoundTrax. I used it about 10 years ago to convert a heap of audio cassettes to CD's.

    I discovered that the original imported CD track files all get saved to wherever you like as .wav files for re-insertion or editing or whatever - nice! The CD track sections all get split into individual files, but if necessary can be inserted into SoundTrax again, and doing so has the ends rejoin perfectly at the individual samples - amazing!

    The solution was very simple in the end. It's amazing how long it took to find!

    Thanks again for your answer,
    Best regards,
    Peter
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