Devices/techniques to remove skips from compact discs

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Aaron, Jul 11, 2003.

  1. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    I've seen some of those skip-removing gadgets at record stores and wonder if any of those work and which ones work well. Does anyone have experiences with any of them? I'm talking about cd's with scratches/dings more so that ones just needing a clean.
  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I have never used one.

    But I have also wondered about them, and the response I've always gotten is that they shave a very small layer of the disc off, effectively buffing down the scratches. From what I understand you can only do it a few times.

    At least that's what the one at the local CD shop did, maybe those little hand held ones are different.

    As far as removing skips, I find that if you rip a scratched CD with a fast CD Drive(even 24x works for me) it usually reads over the scratches, and if the scratch is too big then it will skip over it, and give you a tiny bit of dead space, but the playback on your computer will be ultimately un-affected, then from there you can burn a copy of the disc and then enjoy it without the scratches.
  3. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    The "Skip Doctor" works well.
  4. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002
    True I have it as well and it works pretty well, also remember to clean your player.
  5. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    I have had one for a few years. I think it is called'Disc MD" It works just fine. ALmost ever time.

    It is basically a buffer. It smoothes out the scatches. IT will only fix scratches on the bottom though. It will not fix scratches that come through the cover of the CD.

    Hope this helps
  6. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Does the skip doctor work as a buffer? Does it get skips out everytime? only small scratches?
  7. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I was under the impression that they worked by filling in the scratch or nick. The problem with scratches and nicks is that because there is a pit there it doesn't allow the laser to reflect back properly. By filling it in it returns it back to a smooth surface so that it no longer skips and whatnot.

    brad cook
  8. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    yeah, this works great for heavily scratched cd's

    Once, my "Traveling without Moving" cd (by Jamiroquai) got stuck on the back of the 3-disc spinner of my stereo and then the damn machine went nuts and gave my cd some nasty scratches

    i had it polish but didn't work well and i gave up on it... till one day i decided to rip most of my cd collection (because i got a new CD-MP3 player) and tried that cd and was ripped pretty smoothly (to my surprise)

  9. The CD drive isn't any better at reading scratches, but it does have interpolation software which fills in the gaps fairly convincingly. Useful.

    A physical remedy I've heard is to use toothpaste rubbed into the disc in a circular motion. The paste is a fine abrasive, apparently.

    Uh.... try that one of those AOL CD's first, maybe.
  10. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    Scratches and nicks on the shiny surface of the disc, the bottom, can be resolved, most of the time. But if you get a scratch/scrape on the design side of the disc, the top, you are SOL. The CD player sends a laser signal that travels thru the clear plastic protective layer, the entire clear bottom of the CD, to bounce off the pits (theres another term for this, can't think of it now, its too early in the morning) where the music is stored for playback. Once the top of the disc is scratched, the CD is irreparably damaged.