Why would a clean digital recording develop "skips?"

by Warren
(Lawrence, KS)

I have made many digital recordings, mostly rips from studio cds. At first, and for some time after the initial recording, the tracks play beautifully. But after an uncertain period of time, there will be a "skip" during the song track somewhere, just like from playing an old vinyl LP. I didn't think that was possible. I originally tried burning to a higher quality cd (which I still do on occasion) but for the most part I'm ripping to an external hard drive to play from my computer.

Is this a software issue? Suggestions?
Thanks.

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Oct 21, 2015
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by: Lee, Bedroom-Recording.com

Thanks for the clarification. So now you're down to troubleshooting - where is the problem?

First, start figuring out where the problem is NOT. Play the original CD in a few different players. Does it exhibit the same problem in multiple players? Probably not, because you're experiencing the same problem from multiple source discs.

Next verify the ripped file. Does it play OK on the computer? There is no need to check this on multiple software players or computers because it's a digital audio file. If it has the error, then you know it's somewhere in the ripping process.

Next verify the CD right after being burned. Try it on multiple players. If it works perfectly immediately after burning, then it's not a software issue. At least I can't see how it would be.

So my suspicion would be on the media (actual CD blank), or on the player. Are the CDs getting scratched on the back? Is the player in need of cleaning? I don't know what is actually your problem, but my process for figuring it out is verifying what does work, and trying to see if I can find a specific spot in the process where things start failing.

Hope this helps!

Oct 21, 2015
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by: Anonymous

Okay. So I had some CDs that I ripped the music from. The rip went to a destination folder on my hard drive. then I selected individual tracks from a variety of those rips and burned them to a cd. After burning the cds, the music played just fine, but over time a "skip" appeared. That's the mystery. I don't see how that skip could/should appear if this was all done digitally. I suspect it's the software -- that is: either the rip or the burn or both. I don't know where that error comes from. The software package is a DAK product and I have been using it for years. Those skips don't show up everywhere, but they do appear often enough to make me think I need to move to a different system.
I hope that clarifies.

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by: Lee, Bedroom-Recording.com

Hi Warren,

You're using a couple terms interchangeably that might not be the same. A recording is some storage of an analog sound. A CD is a digital recording of real sounds. A rip from a CD is not a recording of the CD - unless you used a speaker to play the CD, and a microphone to record the speaker. But it makes no sense, because the CD is digital to begin with.

So your tracks with the skip, are they digital files that have been ripped from a CD? If so, and there is a skip in them, every single time you play that sound file it will skip at exactly the same place. If that's the case, there was an error in the ripping. Either the CD is damaged, or there was an error in encoding the ripped file.

Then you mention that you tried burning to a higher quality CD - I'm confused! This is going from a digital audio file to CD, and I thought you were going the other way.

If you clarify some, maybe I can help.

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