Ordinarily I've always dismissed the notion of curses, hexes and spells as utter nonsense. But now, I'm starting to wonder. Have I become the victim of one, or is it just bad luck? Or do I simply need to replace some equipment?
The incident in question involves using my CD-R unit and copying/mixing a couple of CD's.
Up until now, my CD-R unit (a piece of audio equipment and not used in conjunction with my PC) has functioned just fine. I've made numerous CD compilations and mixes with no trouble (other than my own "screw ups").
But for some reason, when copying and mixing 2 particular CD's (Robert Miles' "Dreamland" and "23AM"), my CD-R refuses to copy them the way I want them to. I am not doing a straight dub of either one. I'm taking some tracks from both discs and trying to mix them together onto one CD. If I take an individual track off of either one, and mix it with a handful of other CD's, I've never had a problem. It's only when I try and record these two together.
Something will happen. Either the record drive will not recognize the track increments that I set (I suppose I could continue recording-with the finished product being a CD with one 75 minute track). Other times, I'll be midway through recording, and the unit will shut down for no discrenable reason and refuse to finalize the disc. I did not touch any of the controls or anything. Sometimes I won't even be in the sam room when it happens. It will flash "DISC ERROR" on the display when I try and finalize it. But it will "read" 12 (or however many tracks I put down) and 79:58 for the total time (even if I only recorded 45, 50, or 3 minutes of music). Then, I have to throw the disc away and start over. Since standard CD-R discs are one-time use only, if you screw up, the disc is ruined. I've gone through an entire 10-pack of Maxell CD-R 80 blank discs trying to make this compilation.
At first, I thought maybe the SCMS circuitry did not like the CD's. So I switched to analog mode, but to no avail. And it's not an error in the source discs because if it was, the malfunction would occur at the same point of reference. Sometimes, it'll shut down on the 5th song. Other times, at the very end. And again, when the track increments refuse to set, it can be at any point.
I'll then switch music, and make a CD of something else. And it works just fine.
I can't make heads or tails of any of this, and it's frustrating as hell.
So is it time for a new CD-R unit? Or has Roberto Concina (a.k.a. Robert Miles) put a curse on his music that says no one will be able to successfully copy his music-and this curse actually works?