MP3 CD Burner Help - Purchase - Download - Acoustica
You’ve got your songs arranged the way you want. You are ready to create your custom CD! Note that you will have to have a supported CD recorder in order to burn a CD or DVD.
Note: Did you want to burn an MP3 CD or an Audio CD? You can select this and the media size on the Song List screen. More …
Specifying the Silence Between the Tracks
Blend or Mix Adjacent Tracks Radio DJ style!
Selecting Too Much Audio
Specifying the Silence Between The Tracks
**This only applies to "Audio CD" mode.** Before you burn, you can fine-tune how you want your CD to sound. You can set it up to have several seconds of silence or no silence between tracks. If you are feeling fancy you can even have it mix between tracks just as they do on the radio.
To set the amount of silence or no silence between tracks, select "Fader Settings" from the "Song List" menu or click the "Cross Fader" button . This brings up the "Fader Settings" as shown below.
Select the setting you would like and then click "OK".
Blend or Mix Adjacent Tracks Radio DJ Style!
**This only applies to "Audio CD" mode.** You can create a CD where the tracks mix into each other. Click "Cross Fader Settings" from the "Song List" menu or click the "Fader" button on the toolbar.
Click the "Mix tracks" radio button. You can set the overlap and fade time. Overlap time specifies the amount of time that songs overlap each other.
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The overlap length sets how long the songs cut overlap each other.
The fade time specifies how long it takes to transition to the next song. Generally, shorter fades work better, especially with songs with heavy rhythm.
Selecting Too Much Audio
After clicking "Burn CD!" from the "Song List" menu
or clicking the "Burn CD" button on the toolbar,
you may see a window titled "Selected Audio Will Not Fit!"
If you have more than maximum minutes of audio selected, you can do one of three things.
1. Fade out the extra audio. Choose the length of the fade. The default is 2 seconds.
2. Cut off the extra audio. It may not sound graceful…but the option is available.
3. Cancel the dialog and remove some tracks and then try to burn again.
After clicking the Burn button, the "Burn Audio CD!" window comes up with several options that you can set. To start burning, click the "Start" button.
Number of Copies
Convert All Tracks To WAV Files First
Test Burn Mode
Test And Then Burn Mode
Burn CD Mode
CD Burner Options
Convert all tracks to WAV files first.
**This only applies to "Audio CD" mode.** This option will ensure that all tracks are first converted to WAV files before being written to the CD. You are required to check this option if you are mixing between tracks.
This defaults to "Max" which is the maximum speed possible on your CD recorder. 1X speed recording is comparable to the amount of time necessary to playback an audio CD. Since an audio CD holds 74 minutes, it will take 74 minutes to record an entire CD at 1X speed. An 8X speed recorder will take 74/8 minutes, which is about 9 minutes. If you are lucky enough to have a 16X speed burner, it will take about 4.5 minutes to record an entire CD!
If you are having problems recording a CD or if you wish to do other things during a burn, such as browsing the web, you should choose a lower burn speed.
Make (Number Of Copies)
If you are making more than one copy, change this control to the number of copies you wish to make. You will be prompted to insert the blank audio CDs when needed
CD Burner Mode
Test burn. A test burn will simulate an actual burn without using a blank CD-R. You will be required to put a CD-R in, but it will not use the burn laser on the CD-R. It is mainly a test to see if the data can be delivered to the CD recorder quickly enough to avoid ‘data starvation’ or the famous ‘buffer under run’ error.
Test and then burn if successful test. This will perform a test and then if the test goes smoothly, it will start the burn without any user interaction.
Burn CD! This will go straight to burning an audio CD. (No tests will be performed in this mode.)
The burn process involves a few steps. The screen shot below shows the burn/test progress window.
The burn process consists of several stages.
1. All audio files must be "Prepared". Acoustica MP3 CD Burner analyzes all songs to determine the exact length.
2. Some or all tracks will be converted to WAV files first. The tracks may be converted if they need to be normalized or auto-trim settings or trimmed. See the Preferences to set these parameters.
3. Burn or test begins.
4. Each track is burnt or test-burnt.
5. Burn or test finalizes.
You can abort at any time by clicking on the "Abort" button. If burning, aborting after stage 3 will result in an unusable CD. (Acoustica MP3 CD Burner will ask you if you are sure you want to abort, though.)