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Record Your Own CDs on Your
Computer With the VE4
This application note will
give you the information you need to record your own Studio Quality CDs on the
CD burner built in to your computer.
There are two stages to this process. The first is recording your
WAV files of your songs and saving them on your computer as you record them. The
second stage is to burn the WAV files onto your CD burner.
Specific Application Note For The
Creative Audigy2 NX
computers come with a sound card, but most do not have digital inputs.
There are significant advantages to recording from the VE4's digital output.
We are going to describe in detail a specific set-up that we have actually
confirmed has ALL the Critical attributes we consider important to enable you to
produce CDs on your computer that rival that of the best recording studios on the planet.
If you have a sound card with a SPDIF (Sony Phillips Digital
Interface) INPUT you should use that device. SPDIF inputs can be
either the Optical Type or the Co-Ax (RCA) type. They carry the same
information in the same digital format.
If you wish to get a sound card with a digital input, we
tested and chose the Creative Audigy2NX because it met the following criteria.
1) External - so you do not have to open up your computer - uses USB port
- this makes it easily migrate able to your next computer providing long term
2) Comes with Software allowing you to both record WAV files and burn
them on your computer's CD burner.
3) Real time monitoring of signal AS YOU ARE RECORDING! - This is
4) The ability to drive headphones for monitoring during recording to
5) Economical - under $100
6) Good Customer Support. You can get help directly from Creative (during
the first 60 days) if you purchased their products separately as opposed to
having them come already installed in your computer when you bought it.
Presuming you have a CD or DVD player (which will also be able to
play CD's) for the source an additional investment of under $100 for the Audigy2
NX External USB sound card will provide both the Hardware AND the Software
(included with the Audigy2 NX) to record the WAV files and Burn them onto your
computer's CD Burner.
You can order directly from Creative at 1-(800)998-1000 and I would
recommend it unless you can verify stock at a local computer dealer.
Circuit City may stock them ... Best Buy does not. Be sure you
get the NX model as the Audigy2 ZS is a totally different product.
Basic Connection Overview
Original CD to VE4
You play the original CD on your separate DVD or CD player. If your
CD/DVD player has a digital output , either CoAxial(RCA) or Optical we would
recommend using one or the other to go into the VE4's DIG-IN (if CoAxial) or OPT
IN if your CD/DVD player has an optical out. If you need to purchase a
player, we would recommend a Sony DVD player in the $85 to $100 price range. It
will have either a Co-Axial or Optical output. Steer clear of the cheap
DVD players as we have found some of them cut off the beginning of the song when
using the digital outs. SONY is your best bet. We have purchased several
and tested them. All worked fine. Conversely we purchased a Toshiba
which died after a week and a Samsung which was a more expensive model and it
cut off the beginning of songs when using the digital outputs.
Audigy2 NX Connection
You will need an Optical
Cable to connect the VE4's Optical Out to the Optical IN on the Audigy2 NX.
All the WAV recording is done with
Creative's MediaSource Player which comes with the Audigy2 NX. Since you
will be using it quite a bit we recommend you drag a shortcut to your desktop to
make it easy to launch. Open Explorer.... START / RUN : Explorer and go to
Program Files\Creative\MediaSource and Right Click the Shortcut as shown below
and drag it to the desktop. Then whenever you want to record all you have
to do is double click the shortcut.
Launch Creative Media Source
Double click the shortcut and the player will launch.
It's quite easy to use. First you have to
select the SPDIF (Optical Input from the VE4) as shown below.
Select The Recording Format
Use the drop down box to select the recording format. For doing CDs
that your friends can
play select WAV at 44.100 kHz and 16 Bit.
Record Your WAV Files
It's intuitive and easy. All
you have to do is hit the REC Button to start recording and
the Stop Button to Stop recording. When you hit the stop button, a menu
will come up
prompting you for the name of the file. It will have a default name with
the date .....
but over-ride that and use the song title..... say Moon River 1 ..... Moon River
you can go back and listen to the various cuts and drag the selected WAV files
Folder of all the recordings you want to record onto CD.
If you really want to get organized create you folders for
your songs ahead of time
Such as a folder "Christmas 1" "Christmas 2" and save them in an organized
Let's say you have a 150 GB drive ..... you can record about
30 3 minute songs per
GigaByte. So if you have 10GB available you can record 300 songs at
full CD quality.