Chapter 6: Making Music CDs. HP 7550e, 7570e

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Chapter 6:

Making Music CDs

A music CD is a compact disc (CD) containing digital audio tracks recorded in the Compact Disc-Digital Audio (CD-DA) format.

Music CDs can store up to 74 minutes of music and may contain up to 99 tracks, each usually representing a separate piece of music. Music CDs can be played back from a home or car CD player or from a CD-ROM drive through speakers or headphones attached to the drive’s output jack.

You can use Easy CD Creator to:

Compile audio CDs of your favorite music

Make CDs from Wave (.wav) files on your hard drive

Starting Easy CD Creator

1. Start up your computer.

2. Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc in the CD-Writer Plus. After a few seconds a screen will appear which asks you to “Please select the type of

CD you wish to create.”

NOTE: If no screen appears after about 15 seconds, you may have inserted a disc that is already formatted. Remove the disc and insert a blank disc. Or the

“Auto insert notification” option may be disabled (this applies to Windows 95 only). To check this, click Start, move the mouse pointer over Settings, and click Control Panel. In Control Panel, double-click System and select the

Device Manager tab. Double-click the icon for the CD-Writer Plus, then select the Settings tab. Click Auto insert notification if it does not have a check mark next to it, and click OK. Click OK on the System Properties dialog box.

Then close the Control Panel.

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3. Select the third option: Click here to create an audio CD that will be

playable in any CD player. The Adaptec Easy CD Creator Wizard window appears.

Making a Music CD

You can make a music CD by recording songs from:

Tracks on an existing CD

Wave files stored on your hard drive (*.wav is a standard Windows format for sound files.)

■ A combination of Wave files and tracks

This section explains how you can make a simple music CD with the

Easy CD Creator Wizard. It also explains how to do other tasks like recording audio tracks from an existing music CD and recording Wave files stored on your hard drive.

NOTE: Easy CD Creator is designed to assist you in reproducing material in which you own the copyright or have obtained permission to copy from the copyright owner. Unless you own the copyright or have permission to copy from the copyright owner, you may be violating copyright law and be subject to payment of damages and other remedies. If you are uncertain about your rights, contact your legal advisor.

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Using the Wizard

The easiest way to make a music CD is to use the Easy CD Creator

Wizard, which appears when you first start Easy CD Creator. The Wizard guides you step-by-step in making a simple music CD. Follow these steps to make a music CD with the Wizard:

1. Start Easy CD Creator if it is not already running (see “Starting

Easy CD Creator” on page 6-1.) The Adaptec Easy CD Creator Wizard appears, as shown here:

2. Follow the on-screen instructions in the Wizard windows.

As you add tracks to write to the CD, a list of these tracks will appear in the main Easy CD Creator window at the bottom of the screen. A final message box notifies you when the recording is complete.

Recording Audio Tracks from an Existing

Music CD

To record songs (audio tracks) from an existing music CD, you need to first create a CD layout— a file that contains the list of songs and the order in which they will be recorded—then record the layout to a blank

CD. To do so, follow these steps:

1. Start Easy CD Creator, if it is not already running.

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2. Select New CD Layout from the File menu or open an existing CD layout.

3. Click the Audio CD Layout tab:

Windows Explorer Audio CD Layout Window

The top part of the window is Windows Explorer, where you can select the songs you want to record. The bottom part is the Audio CD Layout window, which allows you to view the contents of the CD layout. To make changes to the list of tracks in the Audio CD Layout tab, see

“Changing the Order of Your Songs” on page 6-8.

4. Insert the source CD, which contains the songs you want to record, in your CD-Writer Plus.

NOTE: You can record directly from a CD-ROM drive only if it supports digital audio extraction. See “Recording from a CD-ROM Drive” in the

Easy CD Creator Online Help.

5. In the Windows Explorer section of the window, select the drive where the source CD is located to view the list of songs on the original CD.

6. Drag the songs that you want to record from Windows Explorer to the

Audio CD Layout window.

To change the name of a song, see “Renaming Songs in Your CD Layout” on page 6-8.

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7. Repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 for each existing music CD from which you want to record songs.

8. Select Create CD from the File menu when you have placed all of the songs that you want to record into the Audio CD Layout window.

The CD Creation Setup box appears.

9. Make changes, if any, to the CD Creation Setup settings (see “CD

Creation Setup Settings” in the Easy CD Creator Online Help for descriptions) and click OK.

Easy CD Creator needs a blank CD before it can begin recording your CD layout. Insert a blank CD when prompted. A final message box notifies you when the recording is complete.

NOTE: To make a jewel case insert that lists the artist, CD title, and songs, see

“Chapter 7: Making Inserts and Labels”.

Recording Wave Files Stored on Your Hard

Drive

To record a music CD using Wave files (*.wav), the Wave files must be stored on your hard drive at 11, 22, 44.1 KHz, 8- or 16-bit, mono or stereo. To make a Wave file from an existing CD, see “Pre-recording

Audio Tracks to Wave Files” on page 6-6.

NOTE: For best results, record your .wav files at 44.1 KHz, 16-bit stereo. For more information, see the documentation for your Wave editor program.

To record Wave files stored on your hard drive to a blank CD, follow these steps:

1. Insert a blank CD in your CD-Writer Plus.

2. Select New CD Layout from the File menu, or open an existing layout.

3. Click the Audio CD Layout tab.

4. Select the Wave files you want to record from Explorer and drag them to the Audio CD Layout window.

5. To change the name of the song(s), see “Renaming Songs in Your CD

Layout” on page 6-8.

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6. Select Create CD from the File menu when you have finished adding all of the songs you want to record to your CD layout. The CD Creation

Setup box appears.

7. Make changes, if any, to the CD Creation Setup settings (see “CD

Creation Setup Settings” in the Easy CD Creator Online Help for descriptions) and click OK.

Easy CD Creator will begin recording your CD layout to the blank CD.

An on-screen message notifies you when the recording is complete.

NOTE: To make a jewel case insert that lists the artist, CD title, and songs, see

“Chapter 7: Making Inserts and Labels.”

Pre-recording Audio Tracks to Wave Files

Pre-recording audio tracks to Wave files on your hard drive is a way to:

■ Minimize swapping CDs in and out of your drive if you want to make more than one copy, or if you have only a CD-Writer Plus drive

Add sound effects to customize any song on the CD (using a thirdparty sound editor)

Improve the sound quality if your CD recording system is less than optimal

You can pre-record one Wave file at a time. To pre-record a Wave file from an existing CD, follow these steps:

1. Insert the source CD, which contains the song you want to pre-record to your hard drive, into your CD-Writer Plus.

2. Click the Audio CD Layout tab in Easy CD Creator.

3. Select the audio track you want to pre-record from Explorer and drag it into the Audio CD Layout window.

4. Highlight the audio track in the Audio CD Layout window.

5. Select Pre-record to WAV file from the Track menu.

NOTE: Pre-recording audio tracks to Wave files requires approximately 10MB of space on your hard drive for one minute of music.

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6. Type in a file name for the Wave file and choose a different location on your hard drive if you do not want to record your Wave file to your Temp directory.

7. Click Save.

Easy CD Creator pre-records your Wave file to your hard drive. An onscreen message notifies you when the recording is complete.

Combining Both Audio Tracks and Wave Files

You can make a music CD that contains songs both from pre-recorded

Wave files stored on your hard drive and from audio tracks on an existing music CD. To do so, follow the steps outlined in “Recording Audio Tracks from an Existing Music CD” on page 6-3 and “Recording Wave Files

Stored on Your Hard Drive” on page 6-5, depending on the type of songs you want to record. When you have added all of the audio tracks and

Wave files you want to record to your CD layout, select Create CD from the File menu.

6-8 Modifying Your CD Layout

Modifying Your CD Layout

The following sections describe how to make changes to your CD layout.

Changing the Order of Your Songs

Once you have added more than one song to your CD layout, you can change the order of the songs at any time before creating the CD.

To change the order of the songs, follow these steps:

1. Select the song whose order you want to change in the CD layout.

2. Drag the song to the position where you want it to appear in the Audio

CD Layout window.

Removing Songs from Your CD Layout

You can remove any song you have added to a CD layout at any time before you create a CD. To remove a song from your CD layout, follow these steps:

1. Select the song you want to remove in the Audio CD Layout window.

2. Select Cut from the Edit menu.

Renaming Songs in Your CD Layout

To rename a song listed in your CD Layout, follow these steps:

1. Select the song you want to rename in the Audio CD Layout window.

2. Select Rename in the Track menu.

3. Type the new name in the text box.

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Saving a CD Layout

You can create a CD layout, save it, then use it to record a CD later. To save a CD layout, follow these steps:

1. Select Save As from the File menu.

2. Type in the File name.

3. Select the location where you want to store the file.

Opening an Existing CD Layout

To open a CD layout you have previously saved:

■ Select Open CD Layout from the File menu.

Easy CD Creator displays the contents of the layout.

Playing Music CDs

Use the Windows CD Player to listen to music CDs. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Insert the music CD in your computer’s CD-ROM drive.

2. Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar, then move the mouse pointer over Programs, Accessories, and Multimedia.

3. Select CD Player. The CD Player window appears.

4. Click the start button to start playing the music CD.

6-10 Getting Help

Getting Help

For setup and connection problems with your CD-Writer Plus, refer to the Troubleshooting section of the user’s guide.

For information about Easy CD Creator, refer to the appropriate topics in the online Help. To access the Easy CD Creator online Help, select Help

Topics from the Help menu.

Technical information, including product literature, answers to commonly asked questions, information on software upgrades and other topics is available electronically through the following:

Adaptec World Wide Web (WWW) site at http://www.adaptec.com

.

The Adaptec Software Products Group can be found on several

CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD publishing newsgroups and lists on the

Internet.

For customer support information, refer to Appendix B, “Customer

Support.”

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