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Rip My Music – Best Practices To Burning Music Onto a CD

Posted by admin On November - 27 - 2011

If you want to burn my songs – the songs that you download from this very website – onto a CD, to listen to in your car, or if you just want to take them with you hiking or wherever, I’ve decided to explain a few things about how to best go about doing this. Please keep reading.

You can download the songs as 16bit WAV files, that you can then write onto a Compact Disc. These are the very files I would send to the company that does my CD replication. So don’t download the mp3’s, if you want to write an audio CD! You can have true CD quality, if you just pick the right format. In short: if you want to write an audio CD, download the 16 bit WAV files, and burn those.

One thing about mp3’s: they are a lossy format. They sound a lot worse than they would sound on a CD. Some of you know this already, and don’t care that much about it. Well, those songs on the CD sound a lot worse than they do in our studio. Are you still with me? We, musicians, record at 24 bit/96000 Hz (or 44100 Hz, in most cases), while the so called Red Book standard (this is what you’ll find on all audio Compact Discs) is 16bit/44100Hz – a much lower quality than what we have in the studio. It’s just something the industry settled upon, and so it stuck.

But it doesn’t necesseraly have to stay this way. And it probably won’t. So don’t just go and ruin the sound for the sake of saving space… if you can afford to. That sonic sparkle is worth it, trust me. Try and keep the files at a steady 320kbps, if you must keep your music in mp3’s. Please! In the name of all musicians out there!

But FLAC is better! You can have my music sounding the way it does in my studio, if you choose to download it in FLAC. Many devices already support this format. Check out some devices that support the FLAC format on this link.

In conclusion… when you download any of my music, you can have the option of any format out there – and I do understand that you have to make some compromises from time to time – but do keep in mind the fact that you could have these things sounding every bit as good as they do in my studio.

So there. I hope this helps.

Greetins, Friends!

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