Mixing to CD

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student with too much free time!
Member Since: Apr 17, 2006

Ok, so ive been recording for a while, and want to put a CD together. I use Cubase SX 3. Whats the best way of getting a song or two onto CD other than mixing down to an .mp3 and going through iTunes, and thus losing quality!?

Check out my new song 'To be a Superhero'

Cheers people

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Eat Spam before it eats YOU!!!
Since: May 11, 2002

Aug 11, 2007 01:22 pm

mix down to 16bit 44.1 khz wav and then use your CD burning software to burn an audio CD.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Aug 11, 2007 01:49 pm

heh, nice work Nick. Kinda a fun pop song.

There's some looseness here and there, and some weak areas, but all in all it's pretty decent.

Sing is pretty decent too, but some of the same issues apply. Nice project.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Aug 13, 2007 09:59 pm

I can't remember but I thought SX-3 had an option to burn right out of the app as well. Otherwise, exporting a wav file then burning with either Windows Media Player or a burning application will do nicely.

And had a listen to the song be a super hero, very cool indeed. I like poppy stuff like that. Nicely put together and nicely written as well. I'll agree there are a couple of area's that could be tidied up a bit but over all it works well.

I kinda liked Sing a little better. Things seemed a little tighter on that track. In the early parts the vocal seemed a little light and could be brought up to match the rest of the song. Otherwise my only other comment would be to try and get more punch out of the bass guitar sound. A good smack with a heavy dose of compression would give it a lot more punch. Otherwise I loved the tune, again a very feel good pop song.

I'm a sucker for anything that sings about singing and such.

student with too much free time!
Since: Apr 17, 2006

Aug 14, 2007 07:34 am

Well thanks!! I just love coming out with a finished song that sounds reasonable!!

I've searched and searched for a way to do it from SX-3, with no luck. It seems odd because one of the template setups is 'Stereo Mixing for Audio CD'. Does any one know if there any programs where you can have all your tracks in one editor so you can adjust time between tracks, location of track separators and EQ them all so that they 'flow'??

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Aug 14, 2007 07:37 am

Red Book standard, as I recall, dictates a 2 second gap between tracks. WHat I have always done to blow over that was to put all the songs in one, huge wav file and drop markers at the song starts in WaveLab.

Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Aug 16, 2007 05:21 am

yeah that's Mastering...

check out Steinberg's Wavelab it's what i use, and if you're fimillar with Steinberg's workflow, most will make sense.

Nero is a cheaper one.

ALWAYS export a stereo mix at 44.1/16 before burning to an audio CD.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Aug 16, 2007 09:09 am

I'm using Nero express (came with the burner), and I just put the songs in the list, and it puts the spaces in there for me.

Yeah, what wyd said, I export my project to 24/48khz, then import that as a single stereo track, import that as a new project, do some final tweaking, and export as 16/44.1khz.

Then I put the 16bit version onto CD using nero. Seems to have worked for me, though i don't do any fancy tweaking of the time spaces. I just let Nero do it, and it works pretty well.

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