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Beginners Guides: Creating MP3 Music Files

Beginners Guides: Creating MP3 Music Files  - PCSTATS
Abstract: Quick and simple instructions on how to make MP3s out of your CDs, and make MP3s into audio CDs back again. Digitized audio is governed by bit-rate, or the amount of song data that is transferred per second to the device that is playing the song. A digital audio recording using the 'Redbook' audio CD standard uses 1.4 million bits of data per second. This is the amount of information necessary to play a virtually identical digitized version of the original analog music.
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How to create audio CDs from mp3 files

If you wish to create a custom audio CD from your newly created MP3 files, the easiest thing to do is to use CD creation software such as Ahead's Nero, or Roxio Easy CD Creator. For the purposes of this article, we will use Nero, but the process is similar in other software.

To recreate CD audio files, the software simply uncompresses the files and converts them back to audio-CD format. Of course, any quality that was lost in the making of the MP3 file is still lost. The new CD tracks should be acoustically identical to the MP3 files used in their creation.

Because of this, if you are creating MP3s mostly to make your own mix CDs, it makes sense to encode them using the highest bit-rate possible. The reason for this is that once you burn them both onto an audio CD, a 64Kb/s sampled song takes up exactly as much space as a 320Kb/s track, second for second, so you might as well have the better sound quality that higher bit-rates provide.

To create audio CDs in Nero:

Open the program, select 'audio CD' from the left-hand pane and click 'new.'

From the main window, use the file browser pane on the right to locate the MP3 files you wish to use, then drag them into the left-hand pane to add them to your CD.

The bar across the bottom indicates how much space you have left. The red line can be considered the limit.

Once you have finished adding files, go to 'file\write CD...' to open the write window. Ensure that 'finalize CD' is checked, then click 'write' to create your CD.

If you find that you are having difficulty creating a good CD, you might want to try using lower recording speeds when creating the CD. This can also be accomplished in the 'write' window.

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Contents of Article: Beginners Guides
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Creating MP3 Music Files
 Pg 2.  How to Create MP3 files from CD audio disks
 Pg 3.  Encoding level vs. sound quality
 Pg 4.  Variable bit-rate
 Pg 5.  — How to create audio CDs from mp3 files
 Pg 6.  Alternatives to MP3

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