Hi all, I just finished ripping my 400 CD collection into flac files. While I am technically inclined (a programmer), I am new to this whole area of digital audio. I thought I was doing great using a lossless format like flac, thinking that I could now re-generate my CDs if they ever became lost or scratched. However I had a 'DOH' moment when I suddenly realized that I don't really have everything... there is the information about gaps between tracks. Obviously many concert albums have no gap between tracks, and it would suck to have a default 2 second gap between every track. I'd like to be able to preserve this information if possible, so that I can regenerate the CD down the line if I lose the original.
Actually, you already have everything you need to recreate the CD exactly. Lossless = gapless, so you won't end up with a different SOUNDING CD burning from the files than you would burning from a cuesheet, assuming you burn a discatonce session with no added gaps. The only difference is that you won't get that negative countdown between tracks as you would on the pressed CD.The gaps are already included in your files, as the default for any CD ripper is to read from index 1 to index 1 and include everything in between. So as far as the audio data of the CD goes, you have it all, and burning it will put everything back where it goes. The only exception is for the Hidden Track One Audio (HTOA) situation, but it being rare, that's not a real consideration.The real question is: Do you REALLY care enough about the gaps to know exactly where they are on the burned CD copy? If yes, then at some point you're going to have to read the CD's again and create the cues, or go online if you can and download them. If not, then you're good to go. Some people care about the devil in the details, some don't. I'm in the "don't" camp myself.I hope this helps, and have a great day.
Thanks for the info, I'll go off and try burning a CD from these FLACs now and see how it is. I never realized that "lossless" included info about the gaps too...
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