Burn, Baby, Burn: Recording Audio CD's From Any Source

Burn, Baby, Burn: Recording Audio CD's From Any Source

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Burn, Baby, Burn: Recording Audio CD's From Any Source by Josh McDaniel, Bob Starrett

Remember those mixed tapes you lovingly recorded for friends and family over the years? Today they're a thing of the past. Mixed CDs are where it's at in 2003. But chances are, unless you run with a pack of music-crazed teenagers, you have little idea how to burn your own. Here to help is the ultimate guide to recording audio CDs from any source, be it an existing CD or a scratched LP. While the book's focus is exhaustive—covering the range of CD-R and audio restoration software, CD-R and CD-R/RW drives, audio file formats, and audio sources available today—the information is delivered in easily digestible, jargon-free chunks. A troubleshooting chapter describes how to deal with some of CD burning's most common bugaboos: long silences between tracks, a CD that works fine in the computer but fizzles on the stereo, and more. Also included are new chapters on capturing and recording digital audio streams and creating discs that include both audio and video.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321241313
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Publication date: 06/23/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.64(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents


1. Diving Right In.

Find Your Tunes. Prep 'Em. Burn 'Em. A Word of Caution, or Make That Two Words.

2. Hardware and Software.

Your Arsenal. Recording Drives (CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and so on). Media (Blank CDs). CD-R Software. Digital Audio Editing and Restoration Software. Possibly Requisite Stuff, Depending on What You're Up To. Hit Me with Those Laser Beams.

3. Copying Audio CDs.

The Order of Things. The Ubiquitous but Mainly Nefarious Copy Utility. How Bob and Josh Copy CDs (Most of the Time), a Handy Tip, and Something We Bet You Didn't Know. The Burn.

4. Recording MP3s To CD.

Things You Should Know About MP3 and File Sharing. The Easy Way to Record MP3s to CD (a.k.a., Bob's Way). The Slightly Less Easy but, in Josh's Opinion, Better Way to Burn MP3s to CD. The Burn.

5. Capturing and Recording Digital Streams.

Attended Capture. Unattended Capture. The Burn.

6. Restoring and Recording Cassette Tapes.

Unplug Before You Plug In. Preparing for Recording on Windows. Preparing for Recording. Taking a Noiseprint and Dehissing. Track Splitting and Cleanup. The Burn.

7. Recording and Restoring Vinyl.

Requisite Stuff. Hooking Up. Scrub Before Surgery. Recording. Restoring. Track Splitting. The Burn.

8. Polishing Your Compilation CD.

Listen. Equalization. Normalization. Fade-Ins and Fade-Outs. Crossfades. The Butt Splice. Creating a Fake Live CD. The Burn.


The Umbrella. Gather Ye Rosebuds (But Not All of Citizen Kane, 'Cuz That's Too Big). The Layout and the Burn.

10. Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting.

"My computer doesn't recognize my recorder!" "My drive won't record anything!" "What gets recorded sounds awful!" "My recorder says my blank disc is not writable or will not recognize my blank disc!" "What's this 'Buffer Underrun' message?!" "My system keeps locking up during recording!" "My disc skips during playback!" "The CD I burned plays fine in my machine, but not in my stereo!" "My drive won't eject the disc!" "There's interminable silence between my tracks!" "Should I check that little 'CD Text' box I keep seeing?" "Can I record and restore my 8-track cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes?"


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