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LP TO CDR USING WINONCD

How to convert your LP to CD

This How-to shows you how to convert your LPs to CDR using WinOnCD

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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.

 

Recording The LP

Preferred utilities are AIPL 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. . . .  

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. . . . 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 

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. . . set the VU meter so that it's maximum level is around -12db 

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. . . . 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 reasons.

 

Getting 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.

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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.

 

Splitting Tracks

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 . . . .

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. . . . 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.

 

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Cleaning it Up

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 dont want to hear any voice or music there. 

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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 Denoiser working].

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.


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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%

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Trimming the run-in from every track is time consuming; but will give you a very nice finished CD.


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 . . . .  

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. . . . 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. 

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Click: "Zoom 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 . . . .  

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. . .. & continue Fading-in the rest of your tracks.

 

 

Burning the CD

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. 

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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"

Tick: "Disc/Session at once" - uncheck: "On The Fly"

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Check the speed-settings for your burner are correct - &, if you have multiple CD-devices, that the right one is selected: stick a blank in & burn.

Notes

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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