I have searched all over the net for an answer to my problem and came up with nothing. So here I am hoping for an answer. I posted it first in the newbie section before I found this forum. I apologize for the duplicate post.
Frequently when I rip a music CD (using my Samsung or Memorex DVD drives), when I look at the waveform, the music levels are heavily clipped.
I have Windows XP, SP2. Memorex 4X DVD burner, Samsung cd-rom/burner, Sound Forge 7.0, Windows Media Player 10. Sound Blaster Live.
I have ripped using SoundForge 7.0, Windows Media Player 10, and a couple of other programs, all with the same result. I have reduced all recording levels on the sound card and in the ripping programs to almost zero (even though I know it's not going through the sound card at this stage), same result.
Reducing volume levels or normalizing or anything else after the ripping operation does not, of course, eliminate the original clipped peaks.
I cannot find a way to attenuate the data amplitude level coming out of the cd rom drive so that the signal levels are not clipped, other than doing a real-time analog recording and having control over the recording level that way.
How can the digital signal's amplitude be reduced coming out of the cd-rom drive?
Thank you for any guidance on this.