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Burn, Baby, Burn! is your ultimate guide to recording audio CDs. If you're mired in stacks of vinyl, boxes of old cassettes, or have a computer full of unorganized digital tunes, this book is what you need. Authors Josh McDaniel and Bob Starrett-the always-expert and sometimes-irreverent CD mavens-take you step by step through how to record your own audio CDs. Whether you're copying LPs, cassettes, or MP3s, Josh and Bob make it easy to copy, clean up, and record your favorite tunes. Along the way, they provide lots of tips, and they make sure you have as much fun learning as you do listening to your new compilation CDs. You'll learn how to find and use the best software for recording audio, set up your hardware for expert recording and copying, revive your worn-out albums and fuzzy cassette tapes with audio-restoration tools, capture and record audio streams, decode MP3s for use on audio CDs, and burn your favorite tunes to compilation CDs.
1. Diving Right In.
Find Your Tunes. Prep 'Em. Burn 'Em. A Word of Caution, or Make That Two Words.
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.
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.
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.
Attended Capture. Unattended Capture. The Burn.
Unplug Before You Plug In. Preparing for Recording on Windows. Preparing for Recording. Taking a Noiseprint and Dehissing. Track Splitting and Cleanup. The Burn.
Requisite Stuff. Hooking Up. Scrub Before Surgery. Recording. Restoring. Track Splitting. The Burn.
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.
"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?"