1. CD Recorder/Writer Drive
Most new computer come with a CD Recorder (also
called CD Burner or CD Writer) inside the box. If you don't have
CD Recorder hardware installed already, you can have a new drive
installed into your computer.
2. Audio/Music CD Recording Software
Your CD recorder will come with some
multi-purpose recording software which may be able to create
audio CDs, however, usually this software is too technical and
difficult to learn and use. If you want to try a simple to use,
yet powerful software product, CDBURNER.CA recommends Acoustica
MP3 CD Burner.
3. MP3 Music
There are two different ways to get your music.
The first method allows you to copy your MP3s from your audio CD
music library. This involves getting a program called a "CD
Ripper" which extracts the music from the CD and puts it onto
your computer. You can try using AudioConvert or AltoMP3 Maker
to rip your CDs into MP3s or WAV files. The second method is to
download MP3s from file sharing programs such as Bearshare,
Limewire, or Imesh.
4. Blank CD-R Discs
You need to make sure that you purchase blank
CD-Rs. (Blank CD-RWs will not be compatible with most stereo
systems.) Also, make sure to purchase "name" brand CD-R discs as
not all discs are made equally. Usually "no name" discs are not
of the same quality as "name" brands.
5. Label your freshly burnt CD
Use a felt tip pen (such as a Sharpie) to write
on the CD. Using a normal pen can ruin the CD and cause it to be
unplayable. If you prefer pretty colors and patterns, we
Acoustica CD Label Maker to quickly and easily make your CD
and jewel case labels for your audio CD.