Burning Your Own Music CDs
Music is a form of art, and MP3 is the trend these days, so this month I decided to write a column focusing on how to burn (make) your own music CD compilations. However, before we start, let me state that ATPM does not help, endorse, encourage, or support illegal files, and that includes pirated MP3 music files. The following is for educational purposes only!
What is MP3?
MP3 is a music format where inaudible parts of music are left out, and the rest of the data are compressed. The results are quite impressive. A 64 MB song usually becomes 3-4 MB when converted to MP3 format. With quality losses so negligible, it is no wonder that MP3 has become the standard format for archiving music on the Internet. Think of MP3 as the JPEG of music.
The MP3 market is evolving so fast that new devices and software are released every day. However, as usual there is a catch. Although you can easily find music CDs, MP3 files are hard to get hold of. For this reason, music lovers around the world have set up FTP servers and HTTP sites hosting thousands of MP3s (caution: some files are posted illegally). Just surf around or check David’s list of related Web sites found in this issue to find the songs you like most, then simply download them.
How Can I Transfer MP3s on to Regular Music CDs?
First let’s check the equipment needed:
- CD-R or CD-RW writer (unless of course you want to burn the CDs in the oven <smile>)
- Adaptec Toast software (of course you can use other software, but Toast is the most popular)
- SoundApp (an essential piece of shareware for converting sound formats)
- A collection of your favorite songs in MP3 format
- A blank recordable CD
With that ready, you just need to follow the simple steps below:
- Convert the MP3 format to AIFF sound format.
In SoundApp go to the File menu and choose the “Convert...” command. Enter the settings shown below.
Once you have the entire file converted, you can proceed to the next step.
Tip: You may notice that after conversion, each 3–4 MB MP3 file is about 64 MB as an AIFF file. So keep the MP3 files for archiving purposes, and delete the AIFF files once you have finished burning the CD.
- Collect all the AIFFs in one folder and call it anything you feel like (8 characters recommended)
- Open Adaptec Toast and choose “Audio CD” from under the Format menu.
- Drag the folder onto the Toast window. You should notice the window’s information changes to show the new tracks.
Tip: At this stage you may click on the "Audio..." radio button to preview your CD. You can change the song order and listen to the songs.
- Finally, hit “Write CD...” and Insert your blank CD. Do not bother writing multiple sessions; although your Mac can support them, regular CD players will only see your first session, so in this case writing one-time discs is more sensible.
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That’s about it. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Also, do not hesitate to send any art inquires you may have to email@example.com I will be more than glad to help. Have a good one. :-)