CD Burning Software

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by JesterMasque, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. JesterMasque

    JesterMasque Active Member

    So as of now I export my songs in 16-bit wave format from Cubase on my PC and I use Roxio 8 to burn my audio discs simply because Roxio cannot convert the 24-bit wave files to CDDA format. Is there any software out there that I can buy that WILL render 24-bit wave files to audio CD? If not, what is the cheapest route to get the results I want? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Bear in mind, even if you were to magically burn a CDDA with a 24 bit wave, no CD player on the planet would be able to read it. CD players operate at 16 bit with a sampling of 44,100 samples per second.

    If you were to load a 24 bit wave onto a CD, it would not recognize the disc. If you'd like to have 24 bit audio in a playback system, your only choices are:
    1 - DVD-Audio (or DVD-A) - capable of up to 24/192 in stereo or 24/48 in multi-channel
    2 - Us a computer or other similar device as your source for your audio.

    What you're currently doing - bouncing to a 16 bit file (presumably dithering in the process) is the correct thing to do. I would personally not leave this critical step up to a CD burning program since I would want to choose my dither personally and not allow some half-assed computer program to think of one for me.

    Cheers -

    Jeremy
     
  3. JesterMasque

    JesterMasque Active Member

    I insert my Waves L2 at the very end of my inserts chain to dither it down to 16 btw. No it's not cracked, however I don't feel the need to go into how I got my hands on it.

    Either way... is there a better way that I should burn CD's other than how I have been doing it? I mean, within reason of course.
     
  4. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    No, you're doing exactly the right thing. There's nothing else you could do.
     
  5. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    You might want to consider a copy of CD Architect:

    http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/products/showproduct.asp?pid=963

    This would allow you to compile your whole CD from 24 bit wavs, set precise track pauses (or cross-fades if you want), then insert your favorite dither plug in the master section before burning. It has to be a DX plug unfortunately, but I think the Waves plugs have DX versions..? Failing that you could always use one of the built-in dither algos. These may not be the fanciest dithers available, but they are the same as Soundforge and I don't think you can really describe that as "half-assed". ;)
     
  6. JesterMasque

    JesterMasque Active Member

    Thanks guys. I swear, every time I come on here and ask questions about my gear I always feel better about it. I guess I am on the right track with where I'm at and where I want to go.

    That CD Architect software sounds amazing, those are the kinds of things that I have ALWAYS wanted to do, but no software I used ever had the options available.
     

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