deleting tracks from cd and vinyl digital conversions??

Discussion in 'Digital Integration' started by CT Jim, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. CT Jim

    CT Jim AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Branford, CT. 06405
    I already know Audacity is for vinyl, and it looks like I'll be buying dbpoweramp for my CD stuff.

    Fir each type, vinyl or CD, do you copy/digitize the complete album or cd, then delete any tracks you don't like? Does it keep the original numbering or will it say after deleting track 6, move everything from 6 on up one number?

    Knee operation coming up, so I'm going to have about a month to do this....


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  2. palsapal

    palsapal Active Member

    nr Southport, UK.
    With Audacity, you can record individual tracks or all of them but you will need to "divide" multiple tracks & name/save them as Audacity doesn't do this. I find it easier (& more therapeutic) to record a whole side of vinyl, divide the tracks, delete those that are not required & name/number/save the ones that you want. Audacity just records a wave form & you'll be able to see track ends/starts so that you can home in on them. It's then a case of copying a track & pasting it to a new file. It's like a paragraph of text in a word processor where you want to save every other sentence. Highlight, copy/paste to new & save with a different name.

    It's quite a long-winded job as your playing the record in real time unlike ripping a CD which is at a much higher speed than when you're playing it. You will also consume time with Audacity if you want to remove pops & clicks. Labour or love.

    There are paid-for applications that will divide & name the tracks (using an internet database like the CD rippers).

    You'll need to give some thought to how you file your digital files. The rippers will have alternative formats from which to choose. Folder for each artist, sub-folder for each album? Tracks with track numbers?
  3. sKiZo

    sKiZo Hates received: 8641 Subscriber

    I'd think twice about deleting any music. Who knows? What you now consider filler material may turn out to be favorites as your tastes change, and storage options keep getting cheaper. I WOULD stress having a good backup plan, especially with vinyl rips, as you've invested a lot of time in your library and probably have better things to do than starting over.

    As far as hard drive organization goes, I leave that up to my ripping software. I have the basics (CD Rips, Album Rips, Digital Download, etc.) but beyond that, I let the ripper put the software where it wants to based on the tags. Then again, I use jRiver Media Center's libraries to catalog and sort music and seldom see the Windows Explorer anymore. Only place I'll change folder names and such is if I run into some gawds awful long path/filename that won't fit Windows naming conventions. Good example there was Toscaninni's "NBC Years" - 70 plus CDs got renamed 1-70 just to simplify storage. Those all become organized by composers and works, which is all I'll ever need (or want) to see.

    Here's a view of the Explorer ...


    ... And here's what I see in jRiver ...


    PS - any CD rips and such should have track numbers and such automagically assigned during the rip. Those won't change with file deletion and such unless you manually change them yourself.
  4. Yamaki

    Yamaki Not For Hire Subscriber

    Hillsboro, Oregon
    The metadata on your CD rips, i.e., track number, track name, album, artist, etc... are specific to that digital file. It won't renumber anything if you delete a track from your files.

    You can, if you want, select which tracks to rip and deselect any you don't want to rip if you know at that point in time whether or not you want a digital copy of a specific track.
  5. rwartner

    rwartner Super Member

    Scottsdale, AZ
    You always want a backup. I would rip all tracks as backup. Copy it to create play folder. There delete tracks you don't want. My backup would be on removable USB drive.

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