My question is: what is the best combination of equipment, software, and technique to make high quality, multi-source, music mix CDs most easily – with the least amount of time and effort required? Convenience, not cost, is my prime concern, as I plan to make a hundred or more of these “mix CDs.”
I want to make a CDs which combine a track or two from various LPs, CDs, and even the occasional cassette tape. I also want to make copies of my homemade “best of” CDs for my friends. I would prefer they NOT be able to make copies of my mix, but preventing that is not too important to me. My LPs are in excellent condition. So, cleaning up the ticks and pops or otherwise “enhancing” the audio is not important to me. Also, I don’t need the ability to enter track info. I will include a printed track list instead. Finally, I do not need a jukebox feature – I plan to store my music on CDs.
My MAIN CONCERN is adjusting the levels from these various sources so the resulting CD does not change volume from tack to track, while still preserving outstanding audio quality.
I want a CD recorder which is hooked up to my stereo system, rather than rely only on my computer.
I currently have a P4, 3.0, 1 gig of RAM, 120 gig HD, Windows XP pro, and RoxioEasyCreator 7.
I am considering the Alesis MasterLink ML-9600 cd recorder, But I understand a great deal of its appeal and high price is some sort of “auto level” software. Unfortunately, I’m an idiot, and don’t understand what I’ve read about it. If it is just as good to make “rough” mixes on a cd, and then edit it for tract-to-track volume consistency on my computer, I am willing to do that – if it’s not a great deal more work, or gives markedly better results. I would prefer to do it all with my stereo system, however.
Any help you can give me will be very much appreciated. I hope someone can tell me what to buy – what combination of equipment, software, and technique will deliver outstanding results with the least amount of time and effort.