I've recently decided to create a CD collection of ZBS's Stars & Stuff. I know, there already is such a collection in existence. However, my cassette version of S&S (which has a black-and-white cover resembling a classic sci-fi comic book, with a spaceman kneeling beside a scantily clad woman) contains a lot of material that the CD collection does not, such as The Ah-Hah Phenomena, The Old Gezzard's Tale, the Life Carrier PSA, the Jiffy John ad, numerous music segments and the UNEDITED version of Tired of the Green Menace?. There are also a few audio glitches in the CD version that I hope to repair.
Therefore, I've been compiling a complete S&S collection, arranging the tracks in the same order that they were on cassette, and inserting the tracks unique to ZBS's collection wherever appropriate (e. g., putting Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots after Space Scoundrels and Boogie Woogie, etc., Part 2).
I’ve been encountering a few problems so far. The biggest is the length issue. Even the longest CD-Rs don’t hold as many minutes as the longest cassettes, and three of the five S&S tapes go over the standard 80-minute limit. Not only that, but I’ve been hearing that the 90-99 minute CD-Rs are of questionable quality and aren’t writable or compatible with some computers. Though the “extended” collection covers 7 CDs with the added material, if I can't use 99-minute CDs, I may have to stretch it out to 9.
Another problem I’m having is with the cassette ripping. I’m using PlusDeck 2C to convert audio tracks unique to the cassette collection to MP3s. These files always start out loud and scratchy, but they can be edited. Unfortunately, even after lowering the volume to match that of the MP3s I’ve ripped from ZBS’s CD collection and applying a noise filter, the quality of the audio is still considerably different. The cassette audio sounds much sharper and harsher compared to the CD audio, which sounds softer, as if the sound were “sanded down” slightly.
This was especially obvious when I tried splicing in the song “Oh Those China Nights” into the gap between parts 1 and 2 of “The Flatback dragon” (since the song fades out, then in again at the end and beginning of each, repectively). I fit the song segment in all right, but the sound of the vocals changes noticeably when the druid starts talking over them. It makes me wonder whether I should scrap the CD MP3 and record the cassette version instead. I still don't know what can be done to make the rest of the cassette audio sound more like the audio from the CDs.
I don’t know if anyone here is experienced in sound editing or CD burning, but if anyone is, I’d appreciate any tips or advice you could give me regarding these matters.