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Creating an Audio CD in Windows 98, Me, and XP

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This document applies to HP Pavilions that came with Microsoft Windows 98, Me, and XP.
Creating a CD is often called "burning" a CD. To burn CDs, you need software to work with your CD-RW drive. This document explains how to use Adaptec's Easy CD Creator or HP Record Now or Sonic RecordNow! software to make audio compact discs (CDs) from audio files and from other music CDs.
NOTA:Do not make unauthorized copies of copyrighted materials.

Important! Before you begin

Keep the following items in mind before creating a CD:
  • Always use CD-R media when creating music CDs. CD-R media is less expensive and will play in home, car, and portable CD players.
  • Only use CD-RW media to make data CDs capable of having files removed later.
  • To create an audio CD from radio, audiocassette, or vinyl LP, the music/audio must be converted to a WAV file format. This usually requires a special cable and software. See a local electronics or music store for more help and information.
  • If you are creating music CDs from MP3, or WMA audio files in Easy CD Creator 3.5 or earlier, those files need to be converted to WAV music files before the music CD can be created. Convert a music file format to a WAV format in one of the following ways:
    • Use MusicMatch software if MusicMatch came with the computer. Open MusicMatch and click Options, File, and then Convert to start using MusicMatch's file conversion process. Refer to the MusicMatch help system for more help and information.
    • Download and use free conversion software from the Internet.

Making an audio CD with HP Record Now, Sonic RecordNow!, or myDVD software

HP Record Now or Sonic RecordNow! can make music CDs from other music CDs or music files (MP3, WAV, or MPGA), not both at the same time. The disc created can be played in home, car, and portable CD players. Use the steps in this section to make a high quality audio disc from another music CD or audio files. Select the section below that applies to the kind of audio CD you want to make.
For more detailed instructions see the tutorials on the Sonic support Web site (in English).

Creating an audio CD from another audio CD

  1. Click Start, All Programs, RecordNow, and then RecordNow.
    Or click All Programs, Sonic, and then RecordNow!
    Or click All Programs, Sonic, and then myDVD premium.
  2. From the main menu for RecordNow, click Make a Music Disc, and then Make a Music Disc from Another CD.
  3. Insert an Audio CD and click Next.
  4. If a CDDB Internet Download message appears, do the following:
    • Click Yes to automatically download the music CD's track information from the Compact Disc Database on the Internet. Disconnect from the Internet after the titles appear to get the best quality recordings.
    • Click No to keep the music CD's default track information (track01, track02). The track names for the new CD can be input manually by clicking the new track name from the main recording window.
  5. Select tracks from the left window by clicking them. Hold down the CTRL or SHIFT keys to select multiple tracks.
  6. Click Add to move the selected tracks into the right window (the queue). The tracks in the right window can be renamed and arranged by clicking on the track names and icons.
  7. Click Next CD if you want to add audio from another audio CD.
  8. Click Finish. A Preparing Audio Tracks window appears. If possible, do not use the computer for anything else until this process has finished.
  9. When the track preparation has finished, RecordNow will ask for a blank CD. Insert a blank CD and click Next. If possible, do not use the computer for anything else until RecordNow has finished creating the CD.

Creating an audio CD from audio files

  1. Click Start, All Programs, RecordNow, and then RecordNow.
  2. From RecordNow’s main menu, click Make a Music Disc, and then Make a Music Disc from Audio Files.
  3. Insert a blank CD-R disc and click Next.
  4. A window may appear asking if you want to search for music files. Click Yes to see all the music files on the hard drive.
  5. Select the audio files from the left window. Hold down the CTRL or SHIFT keys to select multiple files.
  6. Click Add to move the selected files into the right window (the queue). The tracks in the right window can be renamed and arranged by clicking on the track names and icons. Do not let the time available go below zero. The time available is shown underneath the Help button.
  7. Continue adding files until the right window displays all of the tracks you want.
  8. Click Next when finished.
  9. Read the warning page that appears and click OK.
  10. The recording process begins. If possible, do not use the computer for anything else until this process has finished.

Making an audio CD with Apple iTunes

iTunes can burn any playlist to an audio CD , mp3 CD or DVD. For instructions on how to create audio discs using iTunes see Apple - Burning your music to CD (in English).

Making an audio CD with Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player 10 will burn any mix of songs from your library to an audio CD. Once you have burned a CD, you can play it in any standard CD player. For instructions on how to create audio CDs with Windows Media Player see Microsoft - Burn Your Own CDs (in English).

Making an audio CD with Roxio Easy CD Creator 5

  1. Click Start, All Programs, Roxio Easy CD Creator 5, and then Create CD.
  2. Or, launch the Music CD Project within the Project Selector.
  3. After the program initializes, you will see an Untitled Music CD Project layout.
  4. Click the Select your Source files drop down menu and browse to the location of your audio files.
  5. Click and drag the desired files to the bottom of the layout, or select the file and click Add.
  6. Repeat the process to add all of the audio files that you want to record. Be aware of the amount available space on your CD-R disc. Check the blue progress bar at the bottom of the screen as you add files to see the available free space.
  7. Insert the CD-R disc into your CD-RW drive.
  8. Click Record.
  9. A Record CD Setup dialog will appear. Click Options at the bottom right hand corner. This will give you your options on how you would like to record your disc.
  10. Click Start Recording.

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