In addition to being able to share copies of most discs in my collection, I have also developed a series of custom cds, featuring material never before available on compact disc.
Next, I play the source material back on some vintage hi-fi equipment:
The analog signal is routed out of the receiver's tape monitor 2 via an adapter cable into the line-input jack of the computer's sound card. Using the recording function of Sonic Forge XP, the analog signal is recorded as .wav file.
I also have the ability to extract audio files directly as digital files
using a 48x cd-rom drive.
Newly recorded .wav files tend to be very fragmented, so I begin by running a defragmenter (Norton Speed Disk). Otherwise, the write process can slow down and create underun problems.
Editing the defragmented .wav file has two parts:
1. Working through the .wav file to remove needle run-in and run-out, gaps between songs, and other elements. The goal is a file that is clean and under 74 minutes. I have several programs that can enhance and modify the .wav file (e.g., Diamond Cut 32), but I try to avoid using them because my goal is to reproduce the source, not recreate it.
2. Dividing the file into cd tracks. For this operation,
I use CD
Architect, a component of the Sonic Foundry package. In addition
to indicating the tracks, I can also subdivide tracks with index markers,
Electronic hums and clicks are often the consequence of buffering problems.
To minimize the risk of noise or other write failure during the burn process,
I dedicate the computer to no operations other than the cd-r.
For example, I have disabled all screen savers and other tsr programs that
might distract my spunky 400mhz processor; I have also selected my system's
main use as "server," so Windows gives priority to hard drive operations.
Finally, I never attempt to multitask during a write operation. My
cd-r drive will write at up to 4x, but CD Architect often chooses a slower
Q: How much did it cost to convert your computer into a cdr station?
A: I have invested about $220 after rebates: $10 for new cd-rom drive capable of audio extraction; $30 for new sound card; $175 for cdrw drive, which included a large bundle of software; $3 for RCA-miniplug cable to connect stereo and sound card.