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    How do I burn an audio CD from my MP3's?

    You must first encode your MP3's into WAV files. You can use third-party software, or a different output plug-in directly in Winamp:

    You must have burner, and burning software to put the songs on to a CD.

    NOTE: You must use CD-R, not CD-RW in order to be able to play the disc on a CD player

    1. Go into Winamp's Preferences

    2. Select the Diskwriter output plug-in in preferences

    3. Choose a directory to save the WAV's in. Note this down; you'll need it later.

    4. Turn off shuffle and repeat. It's also recommended that you turn off Winamp's equalizer and make sure no DSP plug-ins are in use, unless you're sure that you want to save their effects on your CD.

    5. Play the songs in your playlist.

    6. Now find that directory which you selected in step 3. Your WAV is saved here.

    7. Open up you burning software and use it to burn the WAV's to CD.

    Remember to close the session or finalize the disc

    You must now reset the Output Plug-in to allow for normal play. Go into options. Click Output under 'Plug-ins'. Highlight Nullsoft waveOut plug-in. Close the preferences window. Now your songs will play normally. Repeat these steps when you want to convert more songs.

    [This message has been edited by Ice (edited August 02, 2000).]

    [This message has been edited by Winsane (edited August 27, 2000).]

    [This message has been edited by Radioactive Man (edited October 17, 2000).]

    [Edited by Radioactive Man on 05-06-2001 at 04:28 PM]

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    MP3 to CD

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    The information in this post was derived mainly from gandalf's comprehensive thread which can be found here. If this thread hasn't answered your question, try the link and be surprised...

    [This message has been edited by Radioactive Man (edited August 01, 2000).]

    [This message has been edited by Radioactive Man (edited October 16, 2000).]

    [Edited by Jayn on 12-20-2000 at 02:14 PM]


  • #3
    To burn CDs, your WAV files need to be 16-bit, in stereo, and with a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz. The above instructions will work for most MP3s, but if your MP3s (or other source audio files) aren't in stereo and 44.1 kHz, you'll need to follow the venerable Reverend Ike's instructions in this post or my own in the next to end up with CD-quality WAV files that you can burn.

    The following is compliments of Reverend Ike:

    You can change the attributes of a Wav file using the Sound Recorder program that is usually included with Windows. The program is normally found at: Start button > Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Sound Recorder.

    First, convert your mono Mp3 files to mono Wav files. I assume you know how to do this using Winamp. (If not, post a reply).

    Next, open Sound Recorder and, in the Sound Recorder menu, select File > Open. This will give you a pop-up window: navigate and select a mono Wav file to convert, and then click the "Open" button.

    In the Sound Recorder menu, select File > Save As. At the bottom of the window that appears, you will see the attributes of your mono Wav file. Click the "Change" button.

    In the next window that appears, you will see three drop-down menus: "Name", "Format", and "Attributes". In the "Name" menu, select "CD Quality". The "Attributes" entry should then automatically change to:

    44,100 Hz, 16 Bit, Stereo ... 172 KB/s

    In the "Format" menu, select "PCM".

    Click the "OK" button. Then, click the "Save" button, and when the dialog box asks if you want to overwrite your mono Wav file, click the "OK" button.

    Repeat the process for each mono Wav file.

    By the way, the above process is also used if you are attempting to make an Audio CD using Mp3s that are stereo, but were recorded at 48,000 Hz or 32,000 Hz, etc.

    [This message has been edited by Winsane (edited August 27, 2000).]


    • #4
      Or, you could skip using Sound Recorder to convert to CD-quality WAVs by doing the following:

      First, download PP's ACM WAV writer plug-in from and install it.
      Next, open Winamp, go to Winamp Preferences/Plug-ins/Output, and double-click on "ACM WAV writer plug-in" in the list on the right. Click on the "ReadMe" button for information about the plug-in and how to use it. (But for the sake of completeness and clarity, I'll finish explaining how to convert to stereo anyway.)
      Once you've read and closed the ReadMe window, choose a folder to save your converted files to by clicking on the "output directory:" button and browsing to the folder of your choice.
      Next, make sure that "convert to format:" has a check mark next to it (click once on the little box if it doesn't).
      Then, click on the button labeled as "...". This will bring up a format selection dialog box. Click on the down-pointing arrow next to the "Format:" selection box, and choose "PCM" from the drop-down list. Then click on the down-pointing arrow next to the "Attributes:" selection box, and choose "44,100 Hz, 16 Bit, Stereo 172 KB/s" from the drop-down list. Click on the OK button.
      Leave the "output file mode" set to "auto".
      Click on the OK button and exit Winamp Preferences.
      Make sure that shuffle and repeat are turned off. Also make sure that Winamp's equalizer is disabled, and that no DSP plug-ins are active.
      Play the files you want to convert to stereo WAV files. (Note that you won't be able to hear them during conversion.)
      When you're done converting your files to WAV, be sure to go back to Winamp Preferences/Plug-ins/Output and select "Nullsoft waveOut plug-in".
      Find the WAV files you just created, and they'll be ready to burn to CD.

      [Edited by Kaboon on 12-20-2000 at 02:22 PM]


      • #5
        This thread is soooooooo out of date.
        If those responsible don't, then I'll update it . . . errmmm . . . soon

        [Edited by DJEgg : 19th Jan 2002]

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