Formating CD for Old Standalone Player

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  1. Posts : 5,188
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    Then I'd say choose a burn speed of 48x or lower.
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  2. Posts : 5,188
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    Sorry, I just worked out that my screenshot shows .mp3

    If files are not .wav or .aiff format thet need to be converted before burning 44100 Hz 16-bit .wav or .aiff for burning to audio cd that will play anywhere.

    If you are just ripping an audio cd it should be possible to just add the tracks and then burn.
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  3. Posts : 281
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    I am not locked into any file format, save for one working with the player.

    So is the best track downloading or converting the .mp3 to .wav? Another format?
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  4. Posts : 5,188
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    You might want to wait for @fireberd to confirm.

    If your original tracks are .mp3 and you want to burn to cd for use in a regular cd player then yes you'd need to convert before burning (keeping the originals)

    From Audacity:

    Audio CDs always contain uncompressed PCM stereo audio at 44100 Hz sample rate, 16-bit sample format. So to burn an audio CD, export the file(s) you want to burn as a 44100 Hz 16-bit stereo WAV or AIFF file.

    To ensure that you create a CD that will play anywhere it is important to choose the option to burn an "Audio CD" or "Music CD" and not a "Data CD".

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  5. Posts : 281
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    This is my exact project:
    Face To Face | Carl Gustav Jung (1959)

    I want to make a copy for a friend that does not have a computer or the Internet.

    I have bouncing around so much I cannot immediately track-back to how I downloaded the file. I am also new to VLC but think that is how I moved a copy of the file to my Computer.

    At at glance I noticed the Burn screen has a trial run feature. That could help isolate problems prior to burning, I would think.

    Speaking to "To ensure that you create a CD that will play anywhere it is important to choose the option to burn an "Audio CD" or "Music CD" and not a "Data CD".
    Yes. That is exactly what I want to do.

    Thanks again for any guidance.
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  6. Posts : 913

    Old players require Compact Disc Digital Audio - Wikipedia disks, they are different from ISO9660 data disks.

    Steps to create your CD-DA disk:
    1. Download & extract BIN/CUE image of CD-DA disk (already prepared for you) from |
    2. Download & install ImgBurn from Burning DVDs and CDs with Format Control on Win 10 pro post, not from an official site!
    3. Run ImgBurn, select image, select slow burn speed, burn a physical CD-DA disk.

    If you want to create CD-DA image yourself, do the following instead of step 1:
    - download an audiotrack only from yt using jdownloader2
    - amplify & convert to wav using audacity + ffmpeg
    - create cue file using imgburn
    - create bin+cue image using anyburn
    - continue to step 3.
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  7. Posts : 2,505
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    One thing to keep in mind. An MP3 is "something less than full fidelity". Converting to wav does not restore the fidelity, it will still be at whatever the MP3 was.
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    I thought it is clear however it is better to clarify:
    Import from m4a (directly from yt source) was made. Some amplifying without clipping. Export to wav. Nothing more. I know how to manipulate digital sound.
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    It really is not as complicated as everyone is making it seem. CDBurnerXP handles the conversion process. I used to burn audio CDs from MP3s of varying bitrates using Nero v6 for my then car's Pioneer CD changer. They played flawlessly.

    mikeincousa said:
    Pressing Burn took me to the next screen. It wants me to set a burn speed.
    This is the speed at which your burner will write the disc and has nothing to do with the quality/sampling rate. Choosing a lower speed only means it will take slightly longer to write the CD. It's always better to choose a lower burn speed for older CD players.

    If you've gotten to the point where it's asking you the speed JUST BURN IT! Blank CDs are cheap as chips right now because nobody uses them anymore. You may create a few coasters in the process of learning but learn you shall! We all did when we were new to CD/DVD burning.

    Remember CD Audio is ancient compared with today's tech, hark-ening back to the days of Windows 95, dial-up internet, Netscape Navigator, etc. Not in the least bit complicated.
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  10. Posts : 913

    It really is not as complicated as everyone is making it seem. CDBurnerXP handles the conversion process.
    So try to
    1. increase low amplitude of signal in source file to your choice, and
    2. create a BIN/CUE image (which can be stored for future use or sent to someone else as a file),
    both using CDBurnerXP, and without need of burning a physical CD first and then reverse-ripping it. I'm curious.

    CD Audio is ancient (...) Not in the least bit complicated.
    Surely you already read the RedBook specs, didn't you?

    (On the other hand, CDBurnerXP Portable is still a very good piece of software except it cannot "burn" an image file.)
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