I used Audacity to import an audio file from a CD and I see that the file has numerous silent gaps in it. Are these gaps from the original CD? screen shot of 1 gap in file

  • Could be on the CD, could be read errors or timing errors. From just a picture of the waveform, no-one's ever going to know.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jul 5, 2018 at 6:51
  • Don't you still have access to the original CD? Commented Jul 6, 2018 at 13:22
  • Yes I do have access to the original CD. Commented Jul 6, 2018 at 22:25
  • How did you import the file? Did you just grab the raw data or did you 'play' the CD into Audacity, or...?
    – Jim Mack
    Commented Jul 7, 2018 at 1:36
  • I imported the track into Audacity from my hard drive after having added it into the iTunes library from the original CD. Commented Jul 8, 2018 at 19:01

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Was the original CD burned? If so, alot of burning software like Nero or whathaveyou gives an option to insert a small gap between songs when burning the CD. It used to bug me when I had both Tommy and The Wall burned like that from friends cause it would mess up the flow. That might be the reason. That or iTunes may have done this when ripping the CD - did you rip it to a single file or something?

  • I have decided that it must be a problem with the original CD...read errors or timing errors. Commented Sep 16, 2018 at 17:19

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