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Old 28th May 2006
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Importing cda into Audition

We are mastering a project. The two-track mix of the entire project was archived on DAT. The

DAT was burned to CD and sounds great. We have ripped a two-track mix from the CD (cda) format

as a wav file using Adobe Audition . After minor trimming (no processing), it was burned back

to cda. After comparing the two versions, the file that was converted back from wav to cda

exibited phasing problems and a loss of depth. The wav and cda file waveforms are visibly

different too.

We have experimented with ripping the original cda file as an .aif (AIFF), trimming and burning

back to cda. We feel the sound is somewhat better doing it this way than the "WAV" route.
So the questions are:

Does the conversion from cda to wav compromise the sound?
Does the conversion from cda to aif compromise the sound equally?
What is the best file format to use when converting cda to a format that Audition can read?

We have this equipment available:

DAT machines

Bottom line:
What is the best way to transfer this data from DAT or Masterlink into the computer?
In what file format should this data be saved in order to import it into Audition?

Any advice or help is appreciated.