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  1. Posts : 276
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    Formating CD for Old Standalone Player


    I downloaded a voice interview from the Internet.

    I am using audio CD's for transferring the file from the computer.

    First I converted the downloaded file to .mp3. It played okay on my computer using VLC. It would not play on my old standalone player.

    So I converted it to .wav. Same problems.

    Audacity shows that it has two tracks.

    I listen to CD's on the standalone player all the time.

    It readily plays .mp3's from educational books.

    Does anybody have any clues as to what might be going on?

    Thanks for any guidance.
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  2. Ghot's Avatar
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    mikeincousa said:
    I downloaded a voice interview from the Internet.

    I am using audio CD's for transferring the file from the computer.

    First I converted the downloaded file to .mp3. It played okay on my computer using VLC. It would not play on my old standalone player.

    So I converted it to .wav. Same problems.

    Audacity shows that it has two tracks.

    I listen to CD's on the standalone player all the time.

    It readily plays .mp3's from educational books.

    Does anybody have any clues as to what might be going on?

    Thanks for any guidance.
    This describes how to burn an audio CD for use in things like... "old standalone players".


    3 Ways to Burn Music to an Audio CD - wikiHow



    /edit A "voice interview" is pretty much the same as a song....only done via taking. :)
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  3. fireberd's Avatar
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    "Formatting CD"
    There is no need to format a CD first. If its an MP3 you just burn a "data" CD. The CD burning program takes care of anything.

    If you want to go the formatting route there are many things that have to be done, including finalizing the CD but why go through all that hassle and this method is iffy at best.

    If you don't have a burning program (the built in is not very good) download the free CDBurnerXP (works in win 10) and use It to burn the data CD.

    CDBurnerXP: Free CD and DVD burning software
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  4. ClippyBeer's Avatar
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    As Ghot advises, an audio CD is what you want so it will play on ANY CD Player, I have burned dozens of these in the Napster era from downloaded MP3s to play in my car's CD player.

    The CDBurnerXP software suggested by fireberd is good, I've used it before. Among its many features is the ability to create audio CDs.

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  5. Callender's Avatar
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  6. fireberd's Avatar
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    If its a regular audio CD, created from wav files and not MP3, older audio players will - in many cases - not play audio CD's created at burn speeds over 12X. Some real old ones won't play 12X and will either skip or just not play at all. Most (all that I've encountered) SATA burner drives lowest audio CD burning speed is 16X and that poses a problem with older audio players.

    I do a lot of audio CD burning for my recording studio clients and have some older PATA burner drives that will burn audio CD's at 8X. Thus my burn speed standard is "8X". I have a bank of 5 USB Connected PATA drives that I use for CD production. Using Nero Burning ROM for burning I can burn 5 discs at a time.
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  7. Posts : 276
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    Thanks for all the great responses.

    I have installed CDBurneXP. I went to the Audio Tab. It immediately told me that I needed to follow the instructions for adding Data Tracks. Went there. Put in a fresh CD. Added the file that somehow found its way to Audio screen. Not sure how it got there now.

    Pressing Burn took me to the next screen. It wants me to set a burn speed.

    If understand the above comments-where I got into trouble in my first run was relying on the default burn rate in W10? It was too high for my old player?

    So which burn rate should I use from the BurnOptions screen in CDBurneXP?

    Thanks again for your guidance.
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  8. Callender's Avatar
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    44100 Hz 16-bit as far as I know.
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  9. Callender's Avatar
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    EDIT:

    Forget that. It's the required sample rate:

    CDBurnerXP: KB1: Burning audio discs doesn't work
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  10. Callender's Avatar
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    I'd say check sample rate berfore burning.

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