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lack of a fade out on live songs with applause

David Engelke Nov 30, 2016 05:53PM EST

On the Neil Diamond - "Hot August Night" (original 1972 show) 96/24 flac download: The audience applause at the ends of all songs are cut off suddenly. This is very jarring and annoying for a high $26.99 charge.

I would much prefer a more natural-sounding fade out of the applause. I don't think this would compromise the ARTISTIC INTEGRITY of the recording. I'm quite sure that this could be easily accomplished by the people who digitize the recording.

I would think that an engineer who actually listens to the 96/24 recording would agree with me!

Perhaps all 29 songs could be combined as one huge file, but that would make it impossible to cue up selected songs.

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Customer Support Dec 13, 2016 10:20PM EST ProStudioMasters Support
Hi David,

This album contains crossfades between tracks, rather than fade-outs and fade-ins. This is a legitimate mastering approach when working with a collection of live recordings, used to foster a sense of continuity and to contribute to the illusion of being present for an actual event. For this illusion to be effective, and for a smooth listening experience, your playback software or hardware must support gapless playback. Gapless playback pre-loads the contents of the next file in the playlist to the audio buffer, which allows for an album to play back without additional silence between tracks. Without gapless playback, a playback device will most likely load the contents of the audio file into memory at the moment the track is being cued, leading to a brief silence between tracks. We suspect that this may be the issue at hand, and to confirm this, we recommend playing this album using a software application that supports gapless playback by default, such as foobar2000 for Windows, and either Audirvana Plus or VOX Player for Mac. Below are the links from which this software can be downloaded:

http://www.foobar2000.org/
https://audirvana.com/
https://vox.rocks/mac-music-player

We’ve verified that all transitions are seamless using gapless playback.

- ProStudioMasters

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