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I use ProTools on Macs, so it may not seem real to you. For me, the native plugin for Time Compression and Expansion (TCE) can shorten audio pretty much imperceptibly, especially in small amounts, such as 5 or 10 %. I have made CDs up to 79:55 with no problem.YMMV!

The most practical way to do what you want is so make two shorter CDs. Do take the replicatorís word for it; if you give too much material they wonít guarantee replacement for defective discs. Quality of replicated CDs does not implicate blank quality - duplicated CD-Rs do require top quality blanks, such as TY type.

Can you drop one song and eliminate the problem?

Best,
<L>
Lou Judson
Intuitive Audio
415-883-2689

On Aug 7, 2018, at 8:06 PM, Kurt Nauck <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> The comments have been great. But they've left me with some questions.
> 
> I have 79:54 of material at this stage, which includes fade transitions, but no actual intervals.
> 
> The duplicator I spoke to told me that a full 80 min CD can lead to problems in the duplication process - that the closer you get to the middle, the greater the potential tracking problems. That comment was the genesis of my question. Should I be concerned? Can this be mitigated by a higher quality blank? Should I expect a percentage of CDs to exhibit playback problems on the first couple of tracks, and if so, are we talking about 5% or .05%?
> 
> I did consider running a compression in Audition as Lou suggested. But I know that to shrink an image file by an odd figure can leave some unpleasant artifacting, and I assume the same may be true for audio files as well. If I bought myself 20 seconds by squeezing the tracks, will that prove to be problematic? It probably would be for those with perfect pitch!
> 
> If a person with an older player not designed to handle an 80 minute disc attempts to play one, what would be the result? Would he not be able to hear the beginning, the end, or would he just have tracking problems throughout?
> 
> Kurt Nauck
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