Making an audio CD with A CDRW Drive

I just got an HP 8250i CDRW Dirve for my computer and  I want to make an audio CD from some existing CD's that I have.  I tried one so far and was able to get the cd to record but the songs were all choppy when I listened to it.  Here's what I did.

Using Adaptec software, I setup a CD layout and then created the CD using my other CD ROM drive as the player or source drive.  I had to keep changing CD's everytime there was a song change since a was mixing songs from different CD's.  Everything went fine and it recorded much quicker than I though it would but as I said before, the aufio on the CDR was very choppy and did not maintain a consistent speed when I played it.  

The CDRW dirve I have is an HP 8250i that is a 4X 4X 24X drive.  I recorded the songs onto a CDR CD made by HP, not a CDRW.  I have already used the drive to make a data backup and had no problems.  I'm assuming that I did something wrong when I was making the audio copy.  

Would the results be better if I created WAV files instead of copying direct from my other CD Rom drive?

Any suggestions?

Thanks and Merry Christmas

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bgrindyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
To make a copy of an audio cd

1. Create wav files from the audio and then burn the cd off your hard-drive

2.To ensure proper outcome, set burner's speed lower

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bgrindyCommented:
In Adaptec's standard software bundle, there is a CD Copy program that simplifies this task. If you don't have it, try copying the wavs to your hard-drive, then burn the cd.

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dbruntonCommented:
You don't specify your computer and what specifications it has eg processor, OS, and memory.

Choppy sounds like data is getting lost in process which could be lack of power in your system or not enough memory.  

Try your own suggestion of taking WAV files from hard disk to your writer.  I suspect that this will work quite well and the Adapetc software will handle making the audio disc with no trouble.
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joedCommented:
It sounds like your play cd is playing faster than the record cr is able to record. when the player get ahead the data just gets dropped. Try setting the speed lower on the cd which is playing.
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mkelleyAuthor Commented:
Just for the record.  I have a Micron 133 (I know, I should buy a new PC) with 80mb of RAM and I'm using Windows 98.  My PC seems to run better than my 400 at work so I decided not to buy a newer PC until I really need one.

As far as making WAV files....when I record them, there are several options as far as quality is concerned.  Do I need to create the WAV files at the highest level?  It would seem that I would need several Gigs to record a CD.  I have about 3 gigs that I could use but I would be concerned about storing that much temporary stuff on my hard drives.  Is there a way with Adaptec where I could record just a few wavs at a time and leave the session open until I record some new wavs?  I know that once you close a session, you can't record onto that audio CD again unless you use a cdrw and copy over it.  Ideally, I would like to be able to make a few recordings onto a cd and then record some more onto the cd at a later time.  But I don't think it works the same way as a floppy disk does.  Is this true?

 
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bgrindyCommented:
Cds can hold up to 650megabytes(74mins of audio). Here is a link to WinDAC, a shareware ripper. This will copy the cd track exactly.
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http://members.aol.com/schmelnik/wdac149.exe
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If you have any questions on how to use this program, just update and I will respond.

You can put multiple sessions(writing times)on one cd, but only the first will be recognized by your cd player. To listen to the rest, you need to use your computer.
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mkelleyAuthor Commented:
I have successfully burned my first audio cd.  I copied WAV files to my hard drive using Adaptec Easy CD creator and then recorded them to a CDR.  I did ruin two CDR during the process.  Both my fault.  The first one failed halfway through the recording because I forgot to shut of a scheduled program that began to run and the second one failed because I tried recording at $X and my computer is not fast enough to do it at that rate.  I then switched to 2X and had no problems.  The burn came out perfect.

Since there were several people that suggested the same answer, create wav files first, I feel that bgrindy should prpose the answer since that was the first comment posted.

I must admit that I also had help from cnet.com because they have a feature on their site today that discusses several different types of digital recording including CDR's.  But I appreciate EVERYONE'S help and suggestions.  So please propose the answer so you can receive your points.

Have a Happy New Year.
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