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Subject: Re: Long recordings - Audible books

Re: Long recordings - Audible books

From: ajf <>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 14:22:02 -0400

I play the book on the PC and record from the soundcard overnight using
Audiotools, which has a very nice tracking feature. I choose a minimum
track length of 40 minutes. Audiotools will create a new file any time
after that, if it detects 1.5 seconds of silence. Both "40 minutes" and
"1.5 seconds" are parameters that I chose: YMMV. Audiotools automatically
numbers the files sequentially. I record to mp3 using a CBR of 96kbps and
sampling at 22050 kHz in mono -- more than adequate quality for spoken word,
but economical in space consumption on my JBR 10. I start with Audible
Format 3 because it is considerably cleaner than 2, and half the size of 4.

I also set a recording time limit of 5 minutes longer than the full length
of the book as given by Audible, so that I don't record a long period of
silence at the end.

I direct the files into a new folder set up for each book. In the morning,
I apply tags to all the files in the folder, using mp3bookhelper. Then I
attach the USB cable and move the folder to the JBR.

Jonah, Jim writes:

> I've been struggling with a good, quick workflow for getting Audible books
> onto my Jukebox (due to their "Playback" protection, sheesh!).
> Currently I'm playing the file on my Mac and using Audio Hijack to record
> it. Then I'm using pymp3cut (a PHP script) to cut the file up Originally I
> just moved the one long 140 meg file onto my Jukebox, but when I had
> playback issues I decided to try cutting the file up into smaller pieces.
> Issues I'm running into are:
> * The PHP script needs to be given a play time that is much longer
> than the recording actual is in order to correctly cut up the file. I
> suspect the PHP script is flawed - could be VBR is throwing it off.
> * Currently the files are cut up into about 45 minute chunks (6 hour
> book).
> * Bookmarking and/or shutting off the jukebox and restarting when the
> file is about 30 minutes into a 45 minute segments doesn't always work
> correctly - the file will start playing, the hard drive will do a lot of
> spinning, the file will stop playing (though the display keeps ticking off
> the seconds as if it's playing), then the jukebox gives up on that file and
> moves on the next file.
> Recently I deleted almost all of my files from the jukebox, ran defrag,
> check disk, and copied back a subset of my files, so defragging/checkdisk
> isn't the issue.
> Question: How are others who are listening to Audible books
> handling/processing the long files?
> Thanks!
> -----------------
> Jim Jonah
> "To a programmer documentation is like sex -
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Received on 2003-05-21

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