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Little Audio CD Book, The


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  • Copyright 2001
  • Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 9 1/4
  • Pages: 288
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-201-70897-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-201-70897-4

The affordable new CD-R drives turn every computer into a potential recording studio. If you'd like to augment your music collection with CDs you burn yourself, The Little Audio CD Book is your complete and jargon-free introduction to recording audio CDs--no previous experience required.

The Little Audio CD Book covers the gamut of CD-R and audio restoration software packages, CD-R and CD-R/RW drives, audio file formats, and audio sources. The authors not only tell you how to choose the right hardware and software, they show you exactly how to record your own CDs from a wide variety of sources. You'll learn everything from how to digitally restore the worn tracks of your favorite old records to how to download and record those hot MP3 files from the Internet.

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Table of Contents

1. Compact Discs and Recording.

Save those LPs and 45s. From vinyl, tape, or disc. Analog and Digital. Issues in Audio Recording. What recorder? What media? What color? Recorded History. X confusion. Why Use CD-R? Two hundred songs on a disc? So Sue Me. So Sue Me. Digitizable Audio. First Things First. Getting music. Where Is the Good Music on the Internet? FTPs: Don't waste your time. Music on the edge. Music Download Sites. Getting the Music.

3. Audio Recording and Ripping Software.

Beware the BIOS, a Necessary Digression. Back to the story. Recording Software for Windows. Recording Software for Mac OS. Audio-Only Recording Programs. Jukeboxes that Record. High-End Audio Recording Software. Specialized Software for Extraction. Ripping Without WAVs—CDFS.VXD. Simple burning. Other CD programs of interest. Freedom of choice.

4. CD-Recordable and CD-Rewritable Drives.

CD Recorder Interfaces. Selecting a Recorder. Recorder features. The X Factor. CD Recorders--What's Inside? Random access time. Hardware requirements. Standards, history, and writing modes. CD-R standards. CD-R data structure. CD-R Writing Modes. Disc-at-Once (single-session). Track-at-Once. CD-R Incompatibility. CD-R hardware. CD-R media. Dyes.

5. General Hardware.

Sound cards and USB sound devices. Phono preamplifiers. The RIAA Curve, a quick digression. Stereo peripherals. Additional CD-ROM drives. Hard disks.

6. Recording and Troubleshooting.

Recording with Windows--It's a Wonder It Works at All. Auto Insert Notification. Sync data transfer. Disconnect. Microsoft's FindFast. Read-ahead optimization. IDE busmaster drivers. autoexec.bat and config.sys. Sure and Stable Mac Recording…and iMac Limitations. Recommendations for IDE Recorders. Rules and Regulations for SCSI Recorders. SCSI on the Mac. Troubleshooting Recording Problems--Causes of Buffer Underrun. CD-R Media. Using Your Computer While Recording.

7. Highway 61 Restored.

Making Connections. Stuff You Need on the Outside. Connecting your stuff. Stuff You Need on the Inside. Recording. Restoration. The high-pass, or rumble, filter. The declick, or impulse noise, filter. Median filter. Dehiss, denoise filter. Dehum, debuzz, notch filter. Reverb. Equalizers. Preparing for the Burn. The Burn.

8. Restoring and Recording.

Cassette Tapes. Unplug and Plug In. Recording. Taking a Noiseprint. Track Splitting. Dehissing. The Burn.

9. Copying CDs.

The Ubiquitous but Sometimes Nefarious Copy Utility. How Bob and Josh Copy CDs. The Burn.

10. Recording MP3s to CD.

In the News. Now Let's Go Get Some of These Things. Napster. Requisite Software. Getting Your MP3s Ready for CD. Burning Your Former MP3s to Disc.

11 Compilation. Discs.

Track 1, from a CD. Track 2, from a Tape. Track 3, from Vinyl. Track 4, from an MP. Equalization. Fade-Ins and Fade-Outs. Normalization.

12. Mixed Discs.

The Making of Multisession. The audio session. The data session. The deleterious autorun.inf file.

13. Home Recorders.

Home Burning Basics. The Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 (AHRA).

14. Legal Issues: A Quick Overview.

The Law. Think Practically. According to the RIAA. According to the HRRC. The effect of the Betamax case on CD burning. Go to Jail? Where Are We Now?

Appendix A: CD Recorder Manufacturers.

Appendix B: What Are MP3s?

Appendix C: Web Resources for CD Recording.



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