So, I purchased the mp3 versions of Due Acque, Lumin, and Mycosphere. Great performances, but the ripping job was terrible. Typically, for gapless albums like these, I'll drop the tracks into Goldwave, delete the small silence between them, and basically "stitch" them together into one unbroken mp3. When trying this with these tracks, however, I noticed that the ends are "frayed," so to speak; that is, the waveform becomes distorted/jagged around the track transition points. So, even after removing the tiny gap, I still get an annoying little pop/click when transitioning to the next track. It's a thing I've noticed in damn near every track of each of the 3 concerts I purchased. You can see some of the problem spots circled here
. On listening to the concert in its entirety, I've also noticed several pops/clicks in the middle of tracks.
I'm getting really damn sick of paying for mp3s that haven't even been ripped/encoded properly (CD Baby has been a particularly egregious offender in this regard, but even Amazon has given me some bad apples). To anyone else who's ordered the mp3 versions of any of these concerts, have you experienced similar issues? To those who ordered the FLAC versions, do those seem to be problem free? Anyone ordered FLAC and then converted to mp3?