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Author Topic: IDEA: Cue sheet creator  (Read 7628 times)

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IDEA: Cue sheet creator
« on: September 27, 2007, 12:58:59 AM »
OK, here's a problem I'm having.  In my anal process of mp3 creation, the last step is to split a large mp3 into smaller pieces using the standard cue sheet.  I do this with a program called musicutter.  The audio is recorded from my jazz gigs as wav files, I use Sound Forge to mark the regions where the songs begin and end.  But then, I have to somehow convert the regions' information into the standard cue format, which is just a text file in a specific format.  In Sound Forge, unfortunately, I can't export it into the proper cue sheet format which is the following:

Standard Cue Sheet Format (example from wikipedia)
TITLE "Live in Berlin, 1998"
PERFORMER "Faithless"
FILE "faithless - live in berlin.mp3" MP3
  TRACK 01 AUDIO
    TITLE "Reverence"
    PERFORMER "Faithless"
    INDEX 01 00:00:00
  TRACK 02 AUDIO
    TITLE "She's My Baby"
    PERFORMER "Faithless"
    INDEX 01 06:42:00
  TRACK 03 AUDIO
    TITLE "Take The Long Way Home"
    PERFORMER "Faithless"
    INDEX 01 10:54:00
  TRACK 04 AUDIO
    TITLE "Insomnia"
    PERFORMER "Faithless"
    INDEX 01 17:04:00
  TRACK 05 AUDIO
    TITLE "Bring The Family Back"
    PERFORMER "Faithless"
    INDEX 01 25:44:00
  TRACK 06 AUDIO
    TITLE "Salva Mea"
    PERFORMER "Faithless"
    INDEX 01 30:50:00
  TRACK 07 AUDIO
    TITLE "Dirty Old Man"
    PERFORMER "Faithless"
    INDEX 01 38:24:00
  TRACK 08 AUDIO
    TITLE "God Is A DJ"
    PERFORMER "Faithless"
    INDEX 01 42:35:00


However, in Sound Forge, I can export the region information in the following way:

Sound Forge (using the export to Windows Media Script File option)
start_region_table
00:00:00.0 00:01:00.3
00:01:00.3 00:04:15.0
00:04:15.0 00:04:41.5
00:04:41.5 00:08:58.8
00:08:58.8 00:10:13.8
00:10:13.8 00:15:18.6
00:15:18.6 00:15:46.4
00:15:46.4 00:21:13.9
00:21:13.9 00:21:57.3
00:21:57.3 00:26:22.6
00:26:22.6 00:27:05.0
00:27:05.0 00:31:02.8
00:31:02.8 00:32:01.9
00:32:01.9 00:38:31.5
00:38:31.5 00:38:45.7
00:38:45.7 00:43:08.3
00:43:08.3 00:44:41.9
00:44:41.9 00:50:48.3
00:50:48.3 00:51:32.1
00:51:32.1 00:58:47.5
00:58:47.5 00:59:22.6
00:59:22.6 01:02:50.5
01:02:50.5 01:03:34.5
01:03:34.5 01:07:55.3
01:07:55.3 01:09:16.7
01:09:16.7 01:15:38.4
01:15:38.4 01:16:10.0
end_region_table

I need to somehow find an automatic way to take the first numbers from each line of the Sound Forge text and somehow format it to the proper cue sheet format.  I'm sure there's a way to do this with some text editor and a script or macro, but I have no idea how.  Can anyone help?

Thanks.

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Re: IDEA: Cue sheet creator
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2007, 01:10:37 AM »
Just some info....

musiCutter is ok....but old. Cue Splitter is much newer.

For creating cue sheets using FreeDB data, try CueMaster

There is also a shareware program for creating cue sheets called CDRCue
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Re: IDEA: Cue sheet creator
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2007, 01:53:21 AM »
Thanks for the Cue Splitter program, i didn't know about that.

But you missed the point of the post here.  These are my own recordings, so CueMaster won't work.  And CDRCue is ok, but I have to input the information on a track-by-track basis.  What I need is to somehow massage the text from Sound Forge into the proper cue sheet format.  It's more doing it from scratch and batch-style/automated than the options you mentioned.

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Re: IDEA: Cue sheet creator
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2007, 04:45:50 AM »
Shouldn't be too hard converting the file... simply use the first column for the INDEX.

Btw, why split to individual MP3s instead of having a .flac+.cue combo? :)
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Re: IDEA: Cue sheet creator
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2007, 10:25:27 AM »
Shouldn't be too hard converting the file... simply use the first column for the INDEX.
Yeah, it doesn't seem to be too difficult, I just don't know how to automate it.  That's what I need help on because I don't really know programming or how to use the fancier features of a note editor.

Btw, why split to individual MP3s instead of having a .flac+.cue combo? :)
Mp3's are more useful to me.  I can transfer them to my minidisc recorder and they take up less space.  For me, there's not a drastic enough difference between a good mp3 file and a lossless file to make up for the big difference in file size.  If I had everything in lossless, I'd need a much bigger hard drive and probably multiple of them.  And I don't like the idea of having a supporting file (cue file) to go along with the music file.

Either way, I'd still need a cue file.

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Re: IDEA: Cue sheet creator
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2007, 03:12:01 PM »
Here's an online generator: http://www.stutenandy.de/cue.php?lang=en

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Re: IDEA: Cue sheet creator
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2007, 05:32:21 PM »
There is also Audacity. It has the ability to detect silences, mark them then export each set between those
silences as whatever audio type you choose. I have used it a few times to create single tracks from a cd that
got ripped as 1 large mp3.

audacity.sourceforge.net