I have tried to backup Van Morrison - "Moondance" CD. The original now has a scrated though nothing is audible when played on either my mid price Hi-Fi seperates or PC.
PC is self build PIII 500, with 3 DVD/CD drives as follows and Creative DVD 5241E Drive, Cyberdrive CW018D CD-R/RW, Matshita CD CR-586, 60Gig DMA33 Hard Drive (45 Gig spare capacity) and 384 meg PC100 SDRAM. PC been with me now for few years but recently new hard drive fitted and fully rebuilt and is always rock steady. (Unless I use Yahoo Messenger - but thats another story!)
Problem - and I've never seen it before, but I'm not that experienced! When copying this CD the first 6 tracks copy fine but the last 4 have intermitent clicks (almost as loud as the music) anywhere from max of about 4 seconds apart to one or two every second.
I have tried copying on the fly and to hard drive first and with all three programmes and masses of different settings but nothing cures it! However, I have had the most success by copying to hard drive first using DVD in "Secure Mode" with "C2 Error Correction". This reduced the clicks to only just audible (needed to know they were there to hear them really) took 58 mins to copy one track to hard disc and reported lots of errors.
I have tried editing the wav file with 2 or 3 programs but on the best copy of the file they have no effect and on the worst copies the filter has to be forced to be so strong that it distorts the rest of the audio. I have tried to find the shape of the "click" using Goldwave editor and using a specific filter for this, but wave shapes are so complex I cant find the wave form that is the click. Maybe I'm just stupid.
Sorry this post is so long, but I have spent a thousand more minutes trying to get the "clicks" out than it has taken me to type it or you to read it.
Please some-one, help this greatful frustrated (relative) newbie!
PS: If all else fails can i put a cable from the output back to the input of my soundcard and copy like that? I imagine there are many reasons (PC performance, sound card performance [Soundblaster PCI64V] interference, possible feedback etc etc) why this can't or shouldn't be tried, but does anyone have any experience of this method?