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How to Burn a CD of your Recording

by Dan Hedegard Hedegard.Daniel@MacPhail.org
As Site Coordinator of MacPhail Apple Valley, I’ve been doing a lot of support for teachers who’d like to use technology in their lessons. I’ve taken the Computer Music sequence at the U, and I use Audacity and other music software all the time in my own personal music making, so I’m very happy to do this! CD autolev crop
By far, the most frequent question I am asked by teachers using Audacity is: “Okay, I’ve got this recording made; now how do I burn it to a CD so I can give it to my student?” This comes up often when they have recorded themselves playing an accompaniment for their student to play along with at home. Or, maybe they want their student to record a piece for an audition, or as a sort of “graduation present” once they’ve mastered it.
In any event, this “how-to” will pick up at the point where you’ve finished recording with Audacity (as shown in David Birrow’s earlier post “Recording Audio on your Computer”), and you now want to turn it into a CD. Here goes:
  1. Save the File. In Audacity, under “File,” click “Export.” Save the file in a place you will remember (i.e. the desktop, or My Music), as you would with any other document. Where it says “Save as type,” you can just leave it as the default “WAV” file type. Once you’ve titled it, click “Save.” (An “Edit Metadata” screen will then come up, but you don’t need to worry about that, just hit “OK.”)
  2. Open it with iTunes. We will actually burn the CD using iTunes, which should be on your desktop. Open it.  Then, under the “File” heading, click “Add File To Library.” Find your recording wherever you saved it, and click “Open.” Your recording should now show up in your iTunes Library.
  3. Create A Playlist. Next, we’ll create the playlist for the CD you’ll be burning. At the bottom left of iTunes, there should be a plus symbol (+) that says “Create a Playlist” when you hover over it. Click it, and a new “Untitled Playlist” should show up in the playlist column on the left. Perfect.
  4. Add File To Playlist. Go back to your library by clicking “Music” on the left side of iTunes. Find your recording, and drag it into your new Untitled Playlist. Click on the playlist and your recording should be in there. 
  5. Burn the CD. Last step!! When the playlist is still selected, either right-click or go to “File,” and click “Burn Playlist to Disc.” A new screen should pop up. Insert your CD, and click “Burn.” Your CD should be ready in seconds!
Of course, you could do these same steps with more than one recording and create a longer CD if you wanted to--  just add multiple files to the same playlist before you burn the CD. Happy recording!
Photo Credit:CD autolev crop By Ubern00b (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

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