TO CDR USING WINONCD
to convert your LP to CD
This How-to shows you
how to convert your LPs to CDR using WinOnCD
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CDR INFO: We aim to show you how to
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Connecting Your Stereo
Check your stereo is
correctly connected to the input of your sound card. It's vital your
stereo and your computer are all using the same ground
& this is best achieved by using a multi-socket surge protector
through which you connect your computer, speakers, monitor,
& stereo components to the same wall outlet. Next connect a
non-amplified line out from your stereo - "tape out" or
"EQ-out" for example - to your soundcard's line-in; using
most likely a RCA to 1/8" male plug adaptor-lead.
Singulator or EAC
- as both of these have very good VU meters, which is one thing that
WinOnCD is lacking in.
If using Singulator
just name your base file track - it will do the rest for you: start
your LP & then click: "Record" - adjust the line-in
volume of your soundcard's mixer so that the loudest song does not go
above the second to topmost yellow indicator. . . .
. . . . if the red
indicator lights up it means the level's too high. When you've decided
on a level, click: "Stop" - then restart your LP and click:
"Record" - when given a warning that your tracks will be
overwritten, click: "OK"
If using EAC
click on: "Tools" & choose to record as .wav
. . . set the VU
meter so that it's maximum level is around -12db
. . . . and simply
record Side 1 as .wav1 and Side 2 as .wav2.
If you have a MP3
encoder setup in EAC you could save to MP3 - but unless you're low on
hard drive space I suggest you stay with .wav files for quality
Your Files into WinOnCD
If WinOnCD is not
already running, fire it up; & in the New Project window click the
Audio tab, then the CD Digital Audio icon; give the project a name or
accept the default. If you have WinOnCd running; File/New gets you to
the same New Project window.
You should now have
two panes: the top one is WinOnCD Explorer, the bottom one's your
project window; in this latter the Tracks button should be highlighted
& the project window should be showing you the disc number,
session number, job number, mode, flags, ISRC and time.
Now click the Editor
button; the project window will now contain utilities which can be
used to enhance - or play about with - your recording. Those not
described below are pretty self explanatory.
To get the tracks
recorded through Singulator or EAC into the editor, you browse to the
folder with your .wav or MP3 files in it using the WinonCD Explorer
pane . . . now the tricky part: you need to drag and drop your files
into the Editor pane one-at-a-time and in reverse order.
If you used EAC you
will have only wav1.wav and wav2.wav; so drag wav2.wav into the editor
first, then wav1.wav.
You will now need to
split your tracks. Maximize the Editor window as you won't need the
Explorer window any more.
In the Editor window
click the Select all button . . . .
. . . . then the
Detect tracks button and let it do it's thing; if it detects a track
where it's not supposed to be - usually because of some quiet passage
in the track - just click on the track that's wrong, right click &
choose Delete track.
Click the Select all
button then the Denoiser. Now click Play.
The default settings
in Denoiser work well in most cases; if you check the Difference box
it will play what is being removed - you don’t want to hear any
voice or music there.
If you hear white
noise when you enable Denoiser it means your record level was too high
- just click Volume & set both Fade from & Fade to about
5 points lower till it goes away. Once you have Denoiser set how you
want it close the Denoiser box [this will just close the box, not stop
Now click the EQ
button and set it to what sounds good to you; if you see a red X
saying: "Clip" - lower the master level.
You can burn it as is
now; but let's do a little more fine-tuning for a better
& more professional sounding CD.
Now would be a good
time to save what you've done so far.
Let's start by
normalizing the volume. Click the Select All button again & then
Maximize; the Select All button one more time & then Volume; set
both Fade-from and Fade-to to 94%
Trimming the run-in
from every track is time consuming; but will give you a very nice
Start with track 1: place your pointer right after the song starts,
left click, & drag to the beginning of the track where it should
now be highlighted . . . .
. . . . click the
Zoom button: you should be able to see right where your song starts -
click the Play button to check.
Now place your
pointer close to where the song starts, left click & drag left to
highlight the part you want to trim - leaving yourself some room for a
fade in - then press Delete.
out" till you can see all your tracks again & continue
trimming the rest of your tracks.
Now repeat the above
process; only this time go to about 1 seconds into the song, left
click and drag left to highlight it, then click the Fade-in button . .
. . .. & continue
Fading-in the rest of your tracks.
Click the Tracks
button, right-click on Track 1, & choose Properties.
Start by ticking the
global choice: "For all tracks of this job"
In the Title tab you
can enter the song title and artist if you wish; in the Parameter tab
you should set this to have a 2 second pause before this track.
Do not tick:
"Overlap" - & the only time you would want to tick:
"Pre Emphasis" is for Classical or Celtic music. Leave the
ISRC tab blank. Now save your project one last time.
Click the Disc
button, tick: "Close CD. Tracks cannot be added later"
"Disc/Session at once" - uncheck: "On The Fly"
speed-settings for your burner are correct - &, if you have
multiple CD-devices, that the right one is selected: stick a blank in
The WinonCD editor is
non destructive: it does not make any changes to your .wav files, only
to the recorded CD.
If making a party CD
or concert CD without gaps, I would use a crossfade overlap of 4 secs.
If you are getting a
hum from your speakers check your grounds.
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