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berezina
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Ah, back to the childhood days...

First I would like to express my gratitude that there is a full section for posts like these. Now, onto my:
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Ooookay, so some of you already know that I'm 15 and have a crappy record player and a denon cd player (wrong combo, I know), sooo I've been alternating between both as the denon sometimes makes up for the analogueness of my Ittusb but not always. I came home on the bus from my jewish private school (Lamont Sanford flame in T-20 seconds ) and after the 1.245 hour ride home I was expecting to relax with a rolling stones record. Then I came up to my room and realized it was a disaster zone. As in, more of a disaster zone than usual. I walked inside betwixt the usual clothes on the floor and realized something was missing. I moseyed over to my neat pile of records and cd's and...BAM. Looking down, I saw my record collection in the same state as the band shirts on the floor. My DSOTM was haphazardy lying open on a cheap speaker i used as a footstool. My doors were behind the door. Worse yet, the Beatles cd's that I borrowed from my friend were open. And.....my use your illusion had been used. The cd's were naked on the ground. Well not quite naked--some peanut butter was covering some of the data side. My 5 year old sister had decided to explore my music collection. And she scratched up an old Blood, Sweat, and Tears record that I've never listened to so far (my dad's) so I decided it couldn't hurt anything to try out that vinyl scratching that DJ's do. five minutes into wondering why it didn't sound as cool as the Beastie Boys, my dad informed me that it was horrible for the needle. Oops. And on top of that, now my GnR cd skips on one track so much I'm considering downloading a FLAC and burning a copy, since I already own it.
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P.S. My sister is going to be punished...at least as much as you can punish a 5 year old

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Re: Ah, back to the childhood days...

Three tips for scratched CD's first:

1. Try burning a copy with a CD-ROM and a program that has error correction option (turn the option on obviously.) The burning program will read the CD many, many, many times to try to recover the data instead of just once that a CD player usually does.

if that doesn't work try two

2. Use toothpaste, yes I typed toothpaste to polish the CD using movements from the center of the CD outward. Toothpaste is a mild abrasives perfect for polishing plastics.

See if it plays, if it doesn't.

3. Try to burn it again. The polishing may have made it JUST readable to the CD-ROM drive.

If all else fails remember it's only "Use Your Illusion" and you can still listen to "Appetite For Destruction."

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P.S. My sister is going to be punished...at least as much as you can punish a 5 year old


Put headphones on her and make her listen to Britney Spears.

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P.S. My sister is going to be punished...at least as much as you can punish a 5 year old


Put headphones on her and make her listen to Britney Spears.

Yeah, right.... then what do you do with the 5 year old that's running around singing "But all of the boys and all of the girls are begging to if you seek Amy...".

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As far as burning programs go Exact Audio Copy (EAC) may be one of the best. It's freeware and worth paying for if it wasn't.

I had a student a few years back who wrote her name on the play side of a CD with an indelible marker. I used a product called Micromesh to clean and re-finish the disk. It's a Polish and scratch removal kit that is designed for refinishing airplane windshields. With it I was able to remove the name and re-finish the CD to where it looked like new again.

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You're overlooking the fact that my school was elitist enough to almost require buying a mac computer for every student to use. xACT is nowhere near as good.

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You're overlooking the fact that my school was elitist enough to almost require buying a mac computer for every student to use. xACT is nowhere near as good.

There was no way to know you're using a Mac. I've made no attempt to learn Mac's. My business customers use PC's exclusively.

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iTunes has error correction option just make sure that when importing the CD that error correction is enabled and that you import the album as WAV, AIFF, or Applelossless or the copy won't sound as good as the original. The mac version may have a little different layout than the PC version but on a PC you would got to "Edit" tab -> "Preferences" tab ->"Import Settings" box -> "Import Using" drop down and select WAV, AIFF, or Applelossless -> check "Use error correction when importing CD." Checking that box will slow the read down but the data that it gets will be more accurate.

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iTunes has error correction option just make sure that when importing the CD that error correction is enabled and that you import the album as WAV, AIFF, or Applelossless or the copy won't sound as good as the original. The mac version may have a little different layout than the PC version but on a PC you would got to "Edit" tab -> "Preferences" tab ->"Import Settings" box -> "Import Using" drop down and select WAV, AIFF, or Applelossless -> check "Use error correction when importing CD." Checking that box will slow the read down but the data that it gets will be more accurate.

On a Mac, while you're in iTunes, click the iTunes menu, got to Preferences, and on the resulting page you'll see a button for Import Preferences. Use that to select WAV, AIFF, ALC (or MP3 or AAC but no need to use that unless you really need to compress the music)

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Re: Ah, back to the childhood days...

berezina,

Looks like you're relatively new to this forum. Welcome.

It was around your age that I took serious note of the difference between ordinary sound from a record player from Sears and better sound at a friend's house. Hope you continue with this hobby - it's quite rewarding to finally get to sound I can listen to all day.

The cleaning methods recommended by others are good. If there is a store around that has a good record cleaner (I went to one witha Keith Monks model) you can use, it's worth it.

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