Burn CDs / DVDs

Burn CDs / DVDs

In the Burn CDs window, you can burn both Audio and MP3 or other data CDs from your recorded albums. To do this:

  1. Select Audio CD, Data CD or Data DVD as desired.
  2. Drag albums or individual tracks from the left-hand pane to the right-hand pane (the 'burn list').
  3. Click Burn.

VinylStudio can burn data CDs and DVDs containing a variety of file formats. To select the file format and compression / encoding options, click on the Options button.

Audio CDs will play on any CD player and can accomodate about an hour's worth of music. MP3 CDs can store roughly 7 hours of music but will work only on players specifically designed to play them. Data CDs burned using other file formats usually needs to be played on specialist players; the amount of music you can fit on depends on the file format and compression options used.

To locate an album quickly, click anywhere in the left-hand pane and then type in the first few characters of the artist's name. You can also select more than one item at a time (albums and/ or tracks) by clicking while holding down the , and you can select a range of items by clicking on the first, then hold down the shift key and click on the last.

To delete tracks from the burn list, select one or more tracks and then right-click on any one of them click on the '-' button above the track list (top-right). You can also move tracks within the list (providing the selection is a single block) by clicking and dragging. Again, to select more than one track hold down the , and to select a range of tracks, click on the first and then shift-click on the last.

VinylStudio displays the total size of the tracks in the burn list and the amount of free space on the CD or DVD in the drive (if any). If the total size of the tracks in the burn list exceeds the free space on the CD, the display will turn yellow; you will only be able to burn the disc if you erase it or insert a new, blank disk. If the tracks exceed the capacity of the CD, the display turns red; you will not be able to burn a disc until you remove some tracks from the burn list or insert higher capacity media. If no media is inserted, or if VinylStudio cannot determine its capacity, the available space is shown in black (best guess).

If you wish to change or eliminate the usual 2 second gap between tracks on Audio CDs, you can do so in the CD Burning Options dialog, but be aware that not all CD players can play such discs properly. You can also tell VinylStudio which size of media you are using in this dialog.

If you wish to print a CD cover or label, you can export a track listing to a file in a format that most CD cover editors can read. Please note that this feature is available in VinylStudio Pro only. For more information, click here.

If you encounter problems burning CDs, ensure that there are no other CPU-intensive applications (such as games) running. You may also find it helpful to reduce the Write Speed in the CD Burning Options dialog. If this does not rectify matters, please contact AlpineSoft technical support for advice.

VinylStudio will automatically update the album status for each album burned to CD (even if you just burn a single track).

Please note that if you are using VinylStudio Lite you may be unable to burn data CDs or DVDs. To upgrade, select Upgrade to Full Version from the Help menu.

You can do other things, such as recording another album, while the CD is being written.

Burning 'Multi-Session' CDs

VinylStudio now has improved support for burning multi-session data CDs. This allows you to add tracks to a CD you burned previously, provided that the CD is not already full. This only works for data CDs, not audio CDs. Once you have burned an audio CD, that's it.

When you are adding tracks to a disc you have burned previously, VinylStudio might report that there is not enough space on the CD to fit on all the new tracks. You can avoid this problem by putting the CD in the drive before you start dragging tracks across to the burn list. It takes a few seconds for VinylStudio to notice that you have inserted a disc but it will then display an updated 'percentage full' figure (possibly now greater than 100%) which allows for the space already used on the CD. Make sure that this figure is below 100% (by deleting tracks from the burn list if necessary) before trying to burn the CD.

Please note that if you burn the same track to a CD twice it will appear on the CD twice (with different sequence numbers). Note also that multi-session discs burned on the Macintosh cannot be read by Windows, or by most domestic CD or DVD players.

Why do my CDs not Play in my Player?

One reason is that you might have burned an MP3 or other data CD. Most older CD players will only play audio CDs.

Another reason might be your choice of media. Try using 74 minute / 650MB blanks rather than the more common 80 minute / 700MB variety. The smaller capacity discs are more compatible with older CD players because they have a wider 'groove'. You will probably have to get them by mail order.

Please note also that rewriteable CDs (CD-RW's) will not play in some players.

Why is There no Track Listing Displayed in Windows Media Player?

VinylStudio can now write track listings to Audio CDs (so-called 'CD-Text') but in order to see them in Windows Media Player you need to download a free plugin called WMPCDText from bmproductions.fixnum.org. If you are installing this on Vista, don't worry about the 'unable to find Windows Media Player' message: just carry on and everything will work out fine. Please note that for reading CD-Text on Windows XP (but not on Vista), administrator rights are required.

Please note also that track names on audio CDs are truncated at 31 characters. This is a limitation of the burning engine we use (StarBurn) and cannot be changed, sorry.