I have searched a lot about gapless Audio CDs and a general advice was that using cue sheets is a good way to do it but it just fails for some tracks and I don’t know what to do. My source is a big mp3 file containing a whole album cd (not split in tracks) so it is perfectly gapless, now I just want to burn it to an Audio CD with proper tracks. And I have this cue sheet for this file:
TITLE "Buddha-Bar Nature" PERFORMER "Allain Bougrain Dubourg & Arno Elias" REM ** Generated by CueMaster v1.6 ** REM Time : 56:50:00 REM Length: 3410 seconds REM Year : 2005 REM Genre : New Age REM DiscID: 9e0d500c FILE "01_Bar_Nature_By_Allain_Bougrain_Dubourg_Arno_Elias.mp3" MP3 TRACK 01 AUDIO TITLE "Pandora" PREGAP 00:02:00 INDEX 01 00:00:00 TRACK 02 AUDIO TITLE "El Corazon" INDEX 01 04:43:63 TRACK 03 AUDIO TITLE "The Dance of the Flames" INDEX 01 09:43:55 TRACK 04 AUDIO TITLE "Deep Believe" INDEX 01 14:42:28 TRACK 05 AUDIO TITLE "Guide Me" INDEX 01 19:20:54 TRACK 06 AUDIO TITLE "Osmyo" INDEX 01 24:17:07 TRACK 07 AUDIO TITLE "Walking Man" INDEX 01 28:11:60 TRACK 08 AUDIO TITLE "La ForÄ™t Inconnue" INDEX 01 33:40:43 TRACK 09 AUDIO TITLE "Alanis Sunrise" INDEX 01 37:48:15 TRACK 10 AUDIO TITLE "Star of Hirma" INDEX 01 42:07:35 TRACK 11 AUDIO TITLE "Epic and Dream" INDEX 01 46:40:24 TRACK 12 AUDIO TITLE "New Day" INDEX 01 51:42:22
I tried burning this Audio CD with ImgBurn, Nero Express and Ashampoo Burning Studio but in each case there was a slight gap after track 5 and 8 and I couldn’t hear gaps after other tracks. So then I tried converting the mp3 to wav and used the same cue sheet just with a modified file name and type and burned again - result was exactly the same. Then I tried splitting the wav into tracks using a program Medieval Cue Splitter which split the file into tracks according to the cue sheet. The playback of the wavs in Winamp was completely gapless! So I tried burning the separate wavs as Audio CD without the cue sheet in Nero - still the same result - small gap after track 5 and 8. I don’t fully understand where the problem is? Why there are gaps only after certain tracks? Should I modify the cue split times somehow? If yes then how? It puzzles me that burning applications sometimes add small gaps which are not there in the source file and I don’t understand the mechanism - when and under what conditions?