From Digital Audio Recording to Audio CD: Part 3 - iTunes and CD burning

Audacity into iTunes In the previous two how-to tutorials, we worked in Audacity with a digital audio file. Now we’ll export it from Audacity, import it into iTunes, and burn an audio CD with it.

Part 1:  Getting your audio into Audacity, whether by opening a digital audio recording made elsewhere, or using Audacity to record directly to your computer.
Part 2: Making minor edits to increase sound level.
Part 3:(You are here!) Exporting your recording to a file format that iTunes can use and creating an Audio CD.
Part 4: Dividing the audio into sections based on topics of discussion using Audacity’s Label Tracks.
(note: I may expand sections if any one of them gets to be too long. This section will be updated as I go.)

First, we work in Audacity to export the audio file to a WAV file (reminder from the little extra section in Part 1: WAV is an uncompressed file format. We likes that, we does!)

  1. In Audacity, go to the File menu and choose Export…
    A Save dialog box appears.
  2. Choose WAV from the file format pop-up menu at the bottom of the dialog box.
    (If you wish, navigate to the location where you wish to save the file)
  3. When all settings are to your liking, click the Save button.
    An Edit Metadata dialog box appears.
  4. (Optional) Fill in any information you wish about the Artist Name and other information.
    (For a single WAV file that will become an Audio CD, this step is not as critical as when you divide up the recording into sections that will become tracks of a CD. More on this in Part 4.)
  5. Click OK.
    The Edit Metadata dialog box disappears, and an Export file progress bar appears.
  6. If necessary, save your Audacity project and quit Audacity.

Then, in iTunes, do the following (here’s a brief preview; the full explanation is in this 2-minute screencast):

  1. Go to iTunes preferences and disable the option where iTunes copies files into the iTunes library when you import.
  2. Create a new playlist, and rename it for the audio file
  3. Import the audio file into that playlist
  4. Burn a CD.

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That’s it! You have an audio CD. The next segment will discuss more advanced techniques in Audacity.

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on May 01, 2010 in • AudioAudio: SoftwareHow-To
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Even my granddaughter will be impressed with my new-found knowledge (I started to say skills,but that will have to wait as the “proof is in the pudding.”

Thanks again.

Joan Hill  on 05/05  at  07:58 AM

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