Thanks for the tip on the tag info in the file causing noise. That is exactly what I encountered. All of my files have artwork ,tag and Replay Gain info embedded in them. The reason that I need to use the -R option is that all the Hi-Res Audio files are at least 24 bit / 96kHz or higher. So, I’m downsampling the audio not upsampling it. As I type this, I just realized that I never specified the bitrate in the converted files. It will need to be downsampled to 18 bit. I will take your advice and perform all of the conversions when I export the files to wav and dispense with the unnecessary parameters in mp2enc. That seems like a more logical route.
I’ll be mindful of the 8.3 names too. For the time being, I’m running mp2enc natively on my Mac but running DCCU and DCC Studio file conversions in a Windows XP Virtual Box VM on the same Mac. Tape writing is being performed on a Dell D600 running Windows ME. So far, I haven’t had any issues with long file names causing issues when being converted to 8.3 names. It might just be peculiar to my setup. But, I will keep an eye on it for conflicts.
Thank you so much for putting the time and effort into this project. I’ll be looking forward to the changes that you will be making.