Before we begin …
You’ll need a bunch of MP3 files to compile a disc, and decide what kind of media you’d like to use. Mp3 share.
It’s common and recommendable to use CDR (CD Recordable) media.
Download and Install Burnaware Free
Installation is straight forward:
Double click the executable you just downloaded and follow the step provided by the setup – your typically “Yes” and “OK” clicking process.
Preparing your Audio CD
Next step is to start Burnaware.
The following window will open – click the “ Audio CD ” icon.
A new window opens and a brief message might fly by (it’s detecting you CD/DVD burner and media capabilities).
In the lower left corner, as indicated in the image above, you will see a CD-icon with a blue printed on top of it (yeah, it’s tiny). This button will open a window with details of the media you inserted in your burner. Close the window if you’re done staring at it …
Drag and Drop MP3’s …
Now that we’re ready for building our compilation; start dragging your MP3’s onto the left side of the Burnaware window.
Alternatively, use the right side of the window to navigate to your MP3’s and drag them over to the left from there.
If you do not like the order of the songs:
On the left side you can drag and drop songs up and down within the list to change the order.
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As you might have noticed: In the lower left corner you will see a disc:
blue colored if you haven’t done anything yet,
green colored if you added at least one MP3,
or red when you’ve added too any MP3’s and are exceeding the amount your CD can hold.
The image below illustrates this.
The top part: you have still 6 minutes of space left.
The bottom part: woops! You overdid it by 8 minutes.
CD-Text anyone (optional)?
I personally recommend using CD-Text – a method to add information to an Audio CD that can be read by capable players. This information typically includes Album Title, Song Titles, etc. (more details here ).
Burnaware supports this, but it’s a little less intuitive than I’d hoped – but it’s most certainly there.
Step 1: Enable CD-TEXT
First we need to make sure CD-Text is enabled (it should be by default).
Click the icon for the burner details (see image below) or press “ F10 ” on your keyboard.
A new window opens, make sure “ Write CD-Text ” is checked and that other settings match as well:
Click “ OK ” when you’re done, so this window closes again.
Step 2: Set CD Title and Song Titles
I found this to be easiest done by selecting the song you want to edit (start with the first one?) and pressing the “ F2 ” key on your keyboard.
A windows with both Track and CD details will appear.
The first tab “ Track ” is specific for the track you selected (you will have to do this exercise for each track) and allows you to enter information. The first one, Name (filename), cannot be changed and serves merely as a reference for yourself so you know what MP3 you’re writing about. The most significant fields are Artist and Title.
The second tab “ Disc ” will show details concerning the entire CD – you’ll have to do these settings only once of course.
Burning you Audio CD
After you completed your compilation the time has come to burn your disc.
Before you start, make sure the “ Write method ” is set to “ Disc-At-Once ” (default setting).
When you think you’re ready, click the big red burn button.
Note the green line stating “ Burn process completed successfully ” – you’re disc is done.
Click the green arrow to go back to your compilation window.
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