I would like to ask about researching the best quality reproduction on disk CD/DVD that I
can expect for a tight budget.
I have been reading the post at "MLP burn to
DVD-Audio" and Hugh Robjohn's answers which gave some indication of some of the things I
need to consider although my question is slightly different.
I need to produce
better quality disks than I currently do as they are pretty poor. But where are we with
CD's and DVD's is it possible to at least be up with the curve. If someone should want buy
a disc what should they expect. So which format for what purpose and which software. At
the moment I just want to pass them to friends for feedback. Later maybe submit them in a
more serious capacity.
So far I have been using Wavelab 6 (to gain some
experience of mastering) and to produce montages to burn disks. A dedicated software
encoder for burning would seem be the right move? I see mentioned diskwelder, Dolby
products as well as DTS products. How much do I need to change about what I am doing to
make an improvement?
I currently use Ableton Live 8 for recording as it works
well for the creative process for me (ok just a simple songwriter). I have little
knowledge of other DAW's, I assume that the same issue would arise with Pro Tools?
I am also aware that poor cd quality can be down to bad tracking,mixing,mastering
and am still learning here of course. That bottle-neck with 16 bit 1.44 kHz gets me
somehow I think. I wonder what sort of analysis tools would be most appropriate for
auditioning a mix? A slightly different approach I guess than using the Sonnox Fraunhofer
Pro-Codec plug-in for MP3's.
Hope you can help and look forward to your
Carillion AC2 Core 2
Core i7 CPU
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Ableton Live 8 Suite