Burnt CD won't always play

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by took-the-red-pill, Jul 16, 2005.

  1. took-the-red-pill

    took-the-red-pill Active Member

    Hi guys,

    When I burn a CD it won't play on my 1 year old Panasonic car stereo, or my 10 year old boom box. Not a big deal but if I give someone a disc and they can't listen to it I look like a dork.

    Would this likely be the burner(came with a new dell 4700) the software(Sonic-Record Now 7.3) or the ultra cheap RW-CD's I bought("natural"-multi speed 48x)

    Any thoughts?

  2. took-the-red-pill

    took-the-red-pill Active Member

    by the way, they do play in my two other Cd players, so it's not as though the disc is completely buggered.

  3. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    I would say both. Get a decent burner (plextor) and best media CD's. You can make some search here on RO, I am sure there is a lot of information about this discussed several times.

    1st guess: Burner. And with your Ultra-Cheap CD's, I wouldn't expect Ultra-Good results.

  4. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    I believe a lot of players don't like RW CD's. Use your cheapy CDs for test mixes and get some Taiyo Yuden's or equiv. for your final mixes. I wouldn't even mess with RW's
  5. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    Totally agree! I did not noticed that you used RW... don't mess with those for audio cd's.
  6. took-the-red-pill

    took-the-red-pill Active Member

    Thanks guys,

    I'm not about to drop more dough on a higher end writer so I'll start by changing the discs I'm using.

    FYI, I may have misspoken on the type of discs, they say:

    NATURAL CD-R 700MB/80min Multi Speed 48x

    If that's a RW disc it doesn't say so on it.

    Thanks again

  7. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    It's a combination of the two. Great burner + Great discs = great results. You can get a good plextor burner for about $80.
  8. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member


    I guess I don't understand why if your are having a problem you don't want to make it go away by purchasing a good CD burner and using premium CDs? If this is a business that you are running then you can chalk this purchase up to the "cost of doing business" if it is a hobby then it is still money well spent. Using a good CD burner and good blank CDs is the start of any good mastering operation and keeping the speed under 4 X is recommended. You have to have a constant and that is well burned CDs. (not to mention a good monitoring system<grin>) From your post it seems like you are looking for an answer. When people on this list suggest ways of solving your problem you don't want to take their advice. So what have you really accomplished?

    Just MTCW....
  9. axel

    axel Guest

    good burner & good discs (i do fine with a sony firewire CRX160E and verbatim super azo discs, but also backup the plextor writers...) , plus low write speeds!! (my experience, thumb of rule is not higher than 4x), that's my experience... and stay away from CD-RWs there are causing major trouble for audio...
  10. perfectwave

    perfectwave Guest

    ive found there is a big difference in which disc you use , and how it responds on different players. The apogee cd's (which cost about $1.50 each) seem to be the all around best in my opinion. I only use them when i give a customer a mix of his music. I know which cd's work good in my other players , thats what i use for cheap refrence mixdowns.

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