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Burning gapless audio CDs from vinyl


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I backup my (old) vinyl records to CD - they last longer. I do this by recording each side with Audacity, spliting into tracks, saving each as a WAV file, creating a CUE file and burning with ImgBurn.


So far, so good.


The problem comes with live albums where the tracks are continuous - no gaps.


I've read in the forum that audio CDs are split into frames of approximately 1/75 second, and if ImgBurn is writing a track, it will pad with 0s to the end of the last frame, if necessary. So, even with pre-gap set to 0 seconds, there will be a silence of up to 1/75 second between tracks.


Obvious answer is to make sure the tracks are integer multiples of the frame length.


However, I can find no easy way of ensuring this with Audacity / ImgBurn. Whilst I realise this is not an ImgBurn issue per se, I am wondering if anyone has a simple method of doing this. Alternatively, a good start would be if someone could say how many (44,100Hz) samples there are in an audio CD frame, then I can probably manage it.

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You'd have to save as one long file and not split the tracks up if you don't want any digital silence (potentially being) added.


You are just talking about a maximum of 1/75 of a second though (that's what 1 sector is... or 2352 bytes if you prefer it that way). Would you really notice it? Maybe... maybe not.

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