Make high quality audio CD's
an mp3 file without the fuss
MP3 is a tightly
compressed, high quality wav file. so MP3 decoding software
is used to convert MP3 back to it's original WAV format. When
the MP3 has been converted to WAV it then needs to be converted
again to CDA format which is the format that normal home audio
CD players use.
If that sounds a little complicated, well, it is...
But hang on, don't worry.
If your computer has a CD writer, it will most probably do it
all for, conversion included, in
minutes...and all with a few clicks of the mouse...
your existing CD writer and software
You can use the CD writer and CD writing software you already
have built-in to your computer to make audio CD's. All it takes
is a little bit of time to learn how to do it - and once you've
learned how to do it once, every CD after that will be a breeze.
The process of producing a CD using a computer, is known as "burning"
a disc and involves having a CD writer and CD writing software
installed on your computer. CD-writers and CD writing software
are also known as CD burners and CD burning software because of
the process involved in making the CD. The computer "burns"
the data on to the blank CD using a laser.
There is another method of writing CD's called "pressing"
which is used by large factory CD production machines to "press"
the data on to the CD's. But large factory "presses"
will only handle runs of 1,000 or more CD's. If you only want
to make one CD, not a thousand(!), you don't really need to concern
yourself with this right now.
So, 99.9% of people will use a CD writer/burner installed on their
computer to make an audio CD.
The main hurdle you may face is that there are hundreds
of makes and models of CD burners/writers on the market and thousands
of software programs that that make them work, so, as you can
imagine, it's impossible for me to write thousands of articles
to cover how to use each and every CD writer and software on the
However, don't despair - both your CD writer and the software
should have come with an instruction manual (sometimes the instruction
manual is a booklet that comes with the software and other times
it is actually a help file on the software program).
Look through your instruction manual/help files and locate a section
that tells you how to produce an "audio CD"
All good CD writing software nowadays will convert the mp3 to
CD audio format ready for burning for you, but still check your
instruction manual/help files just to make sure.
Once you have produced (burned) your audio CD, make sure you've
done it correctly. Test it on a domestic hi-fi CD player.
Don't test it on your computer because your computer can play
a variety of different formats - if you've chosen the wrong format
and done it wrong your computer will still play it. So remenber,
most domestic home hi-fi's ONLY play audio CD's, so this
is the best test to check if you've produced your audio CD correctly.
Don't panic if you find that your hi-fi won't play the CD right
away (or at all).
Some hi-fi's and CD players cannot play or struggle to play CD's
produced by a computer.
So before you assume you've done something wrong and throw your
newly produced CD away, try the CD in another couple of different
It's also worth noting that in-car CD players are probably the
worst culprits for not playing "computer made" CD's.
Very often they will only play "pressed" discs, so don't
be surprised if your car CD won't even recognize your "burned"
disc at all!
Article: How To "Burn" The Perfect
Article Written by Kenny Campbell
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