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Subject: Recording voice to CD.
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: gapgapgap-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 09 Dec 2002 07:45 PST
Expires: 08 Jan 2003 07:45 PST
Question ID: 121803
I have a Sony R505RJEK Super Slim with a docking station and with a
rewriteable CD player.  I am trying to make a CD that has 6 or 7
different tracks on it of my speaking to my family members.  The
problem that I am running into is that it is saving everything as a
wave file and I need to know if there is some software out there that
I can just download and use to record my messages in their separate
tracks and then save to a CD so that the CD can be played from a
regular CD player.  Does this software exist or how does one go about
doing it because each track may be as long as 10 minutes? I use drag
and drop cd now.

Request for Question Clarification by livioflores-ga on 09 Dec 2002 08:04 PST

Drag and drop cd now is the name of your cd burning software?

Clarification of Question by gapgapgap-ga on 09 Dec 2002 11:44 PST
Drag and drop cd. The now was refrencing when it was bieng used.
Subject: Re: Recording voice to CD.
Answered By: lot-ga on 09 Dec 2002 16:47 PST
Hello gapgapgap-ga

The wav output is the format you need (but in the right 'raw' spec for
- sampled to 44.1k, 16 bit stereo or mono and written to a CD-R disk
(not CD-RW) in the correct manner.
CD-RW disks do not play in standard audio players, newer CD-RW
compatible audio players can play them, and even mp3 format, these are
labeled clearly 'CD-RW compatible' as a marketing feature.
For example, some of these Philips players:

Nero 5.5 CD burning software, can convert file formats on the fly
suitable for standard audio players when burning to the audio CD
Here is the feature list  ( )
The demo download link is below for you to try, and download software
purchase is $49

Other download software options from
Easy Audio CD Burner 2.4  - Free to try, $20 to buy
The developer states "This CD-burning program lets you create
high-quality CDs that play in any player. It burns directly from MP3s
or WAVs without the need to convert in advance. This includes support
for importing Winamp and Sonique playlist. It also supports all
popular CD burners and all sized CDs. There's an easy-to-use
interface, including a file browser for audio file selection and
Burn-Proof-enabled CD creation."
Using this software to directly burn a CD directly from your WAV files
that you are currently creating is ideal.
The length of the WAV file does not matter as long as the total does
not exceed the storage capacity of the disk.

X2CD Music CD Burner and Converter 2.30 - Free to try; $25.00 to buy
The developer states "X2CD Music CD Burner is a handy tool for you to
Make audio CD from MP3, WMA, AVI, DIVX, WAV, DVD.... Burns media files
directly to audio CDs, does not generate a temporary WAV file."

Other software for audio listed at

Please be aware that not all brands of CD-R disks may work in a
standard audio player even if they are burned in the correct manner.
This is due maybe to the CD dye color used, so you need to experiment
with a few disks to see which brands are happy with the target audio
CD player.

The following excerpt highlights the fact that not all CD-R disks play
in standard CD audio players depending on the color (normal 'pressed'
audio CD's in the music industry are usually silver backed).
"Don't use DYSAN disks or any discs that won't play in a normal CD
player (i.e. those that only play in CD-ROM). I use Imation, Memorex,
TDK, Maxell, Sony or Verbatim (currently Imation for 74-minutes and
Memorex for 80-minutes). If you use a different brand, let me know...
a DYSAN disc... I could NOT either copy the disc or record the disc
onto .wav format because the disc is too clear. I HATE getting cheap
discs (cheap quality, not necessary price)... regardless of how well
they work for "some people." I have a GREAT cd player that will play
practically any CD, but when it comes to recording from a CD-r, it
needs to be good quality... So, PLEASE use discs with the DARK BLUE
bottoms, NOT the LIGHT BLUE or GREEN/CLEAR bottoms. For 80-minute
CD-Rs, Memorex discs are GREAT for me."
'Davy G's Page of Boots'

Also from personal listening on certain standard players, some tend to
jump or skip and tends to be a combination of the brand of CD-R disk
and particular auto changer type CD players.

This link from highlights problems with car audio CD

This discussion thread at the experts-exchange
'Convert PC audio file into cd player audio file' is also useful

Additional Links:

Search Strategy:
CD-R audio music
free .raw cd OR cds audio software standard 
creating audio cd OR cd's normal player OR players
normal don't OR won't  color disks cd recording play

I hope that helps.
if you need the answer clarified, just ask.

Kind regards

Request for Answer Clarification by gapgapgap-ga on 10 Dec 2002 07:04 PST
Please forgive me for my lack of tech ability. I now am having trouble
because the wave files my computer lets me record are only 60 second.
Is there a program that lets you speak into the mike and makes tracks.
I really need a lesson here. I will pay extra $.

Clarification of Answer by lot-ga on 10 Dec 2002 08:49 PST
Hello gapgapgap-ga

OK, I will gladly assist and have a look around.

Kind regards

Clarification of Answer by lot-ga on 11 Dec 2002 20:52 PST
Hello gapgapgap-ga,

I found 3 applications which allow you to record more than 10 minutes,
and are virtually unlimited.... limited only by your hard disk space,
which you can save to wav or mp3 to be fully converted to an audio
compatible format by the above CD burning applications, on to a
suitable CD-R disk.

The first one is a simple 'free' program:
Sound Capture
This records to MP3 and has no time limit. The default set in the
program is 60 secs, but you can type in your own time, e.g. I typed in
600 seconds.
The software demo is here:
No software purchase is currently available for this one.

The second is a little more complex:
Advanced MP3/WMA recorder (with demo) that allows you to record in MP3
"With Advanced MP3/WMA Recorder you can record sound from microphone,
streaming audio from the Internet, or music played by Winamp, Windows
Media Player, Quick Time, Real Player, Power DVD, Flash, games, etc.
Advanced MP3/WMA Recorder have directly to disk ability allows you to
record sound without running out of memory as long as there's enough
disk space."
Price is $29.95 for the full working version, the demo is time limited
and has reminder messages to register.

This one exports to WAV and is geared towards voice recording and is
probably the best one for you.... it even has voice operated
"Recording time limited only by free space
available on hard disk."
This program is probably the best of the three for ease of use and
suited to your needs more.
The demo on their site limits the length of the recording, 
- the full version for $19.90 lifts this restriction.
When the demo is installed it is launched from the icon in your icon
tray in the task bar. Just try it and see.

Please refer to their help and instructions for specific details.

If you still cannot record more than 10 minutes with the above
applications  first request support from the software people, and if
it really transpires their software does not enable you to record for
longer, please let me know so I can supply you with alternatives.

Please don't add any extra $ (it would make me blush) as this was
clarification of my answer in relationship to your original question

I hope the above helps

Kind regards
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