Re: Electronic Audio Files and incompatibility with Hardware
Posted by Buddyroe on 7/16/2018, 1:22 am, in reply to "Electronic Audio Files and incompatibility with Hardware"
Seems like you are having trouble with file format. Purchased audio CD's will show as *.CDA files, these have copyright protections built in. |
Typical unprotected audio files show as *.WAV and will play on any audio CD player.
Compressed audio files are usually *.MP3 and will only play on MP3 compatible equipment.
You mentioned having MP3 type files, make sure your Stanton C.500 recognizes MP3.
I have a software/hardware dilemma. Our music library here at the station is rather limited, consequently, I bring my own CDs, mostly original commercial-grade CDs but with several burned CDs from my computer. The station has a dual CD player , Stanton C.500. Here's the issue: Many times (maybe 35% of the time) the burned CDs either skip or will not even recognize the CD. Picture this: I cue a song from my burned CD and I NEVER know whether it will play or not. Yet I can put the CD in any of my personal CD players or computers or whatever, and RARELY are there any issues; it's only when I'm at the studio. I have discussed it with the our engineer and he has no clue claiming that it's my problem and I have to deal with it. We're on a shoe-string budget so we can't replace the CD players; besides the argument is the incompatibility of my burned CDs, although there are a few of the other DJs who have the same issues when they try playing burned CDs. The studio CD players work fine with the commercial CDs - most of the time. I have researched this till I'm blue in the face, thinking maybe it's the CD player, maybe it's the format (mp3, mpeg, etc), maybe I'm burning the CDs at too fast a speed on the computer, maybe it's the CD quality. Much experimentation, calls to one of the sales reps from the CD player manufacturer, hours Googling, cleaning the CDs with with toothpaste - still nothing. The station does subscribe to Spotify but that library on Spotify is limited and I don't want to have a playlist that may not be available on Spotify.