But for this article, I am not so concerned with whether or not you can
play these in your car...this article is intended to explain my
perspective on the requirements related to the use of the internal Vs.
external type CD burners. Obviously (you are saying), "What's the use of
recording to a CD if you can't PLAY IT?"
What I am saying is that the ease of use for me in
keeping a CD burner always in the signal chain is very convenient and well
worth the lack of a hassle when it's time to burn the CD.
Remember...to record to a CD from your internal
recorder, you need to 1st record it to a file, and then record it on the
I also find that the external recorders have a great
ease of use if you want to record from multiple sources like from another
CD player, or from your old 8-Track player, or from your record player
(just go from the outs of your home stereo into the burner's inputs and
Back to the subject !
Ok...AFTER I have recorded my tracks to my burner on the
CD-RW, and I am happy with the results, it's time to make the CD that I
want to share with another person, or use for making an MP3 file. Also
having a burner in my PC, allows me to buy and use the least expensive
CD-R's I can find. No Proprietary Format here ! Remember that on the
External burners that you need to use CD-R's designed for that machine in
order to have a CD that is playable anywhere...
After I make the CD-RW as explained above of songs or
tracks from my tape Decks. I can finalize the CD-RW, and put it in the CD
BURNER in my computer, and utilizing the software that came with the PC CD
burner, I can copy the song to my PC's hard-drive, and then burn any old
standard cheapo CD from my computer. What's the advantage in doing this?
The advantage is that I can keep my external burner, hooked up to my
equalizer, compressors, and tape decks, (that is the key for me) and use
the same CD-RW over and over again to make a regular CD from my computer.
There's nothing more frustrating then having to re-wire
all my devices over and over in order to achieve what I want. The computer
can be used produce the final copy, and I can still use it AS a
computer while I am recording if I want to. ALSO...I can (if I want to)
record FROM my computer TO the external burner, as I do when working on
midi songs people have e-mailed me.
Some people waill not be able to see the sense in having
an external burner at their disposal, and I guess I can understand that,
but for me, it's been a great tool to work with.
Buffer under-run is a problem that most internal PC-CD
burners seem to experience. This is the result of the CD burner asking for
data from the computer faster then the computer can provide it, and
ultimately, the software that runs the CD burner will error out while
waiting for the data to fill up the buffer. This is why people have
learned to copy ENTIRE CD'S to their computers disk-drives, and then back
to a CD-R. The common cure is to use what's called "Disk at Once" and copy
to CD-R from your PC's Hard Drive. What I found is that the very best way
to make sure that you will have absolutely NO errors on the CD you are
preparing from another one is to copy one track at a time from the Burner
to your PC, and then back, swapping in the "copy from" CD and then "copy
to" CD. Other wise, there is some change you will miss the beginnings and
or the ends of the previous songs. Sound a bit like the old days of Floppy
No such problems exist with an external burner...you
simply hit the DUB button, and your CD is copied the 1st time with no
errors or hassle, and you didn't have to copy it to your PC first.
Creating an MP3 file from your CD, whether made on an
inter or external burner is very simple, and is foolproof.
Insert the CD in your PC, fire up your PC MP3 software (Cdex,
Real Jukebox, etc) select the track(s) you want and your PC and it's
software will do it all for you. A file(s) ending in .mp3 will be created,
and you are there ! Of course there are different requirememnts for the
various MP3 sites and such, but that's another article...