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Gear For Just One Mix
June 16, 2014 11:25 AM   Subscribe

I'm going to make a mix on CD to mail out to a bunch of friends. I need to know which software to use and how to make 70 copies of the disc.

I've already made some playlists. I want to segue the songs together nicely and match volume. I've already put the tracks in order, but I'd like some advice from the software as to which tracks synch nicely into each other (something that can tell me BPM and make suggestions?).

After I make this mix, I'd like to burn about 70 copies. I don't own the rights to any of the music. Can I pay some service to burn it for me, or do I have to do it myself?

I see there was already an ask about this 3 years ago, but I would guess that things have changed since then.
posted by Hennimore to Technology (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
My wife and her college friends do this every year, and it's a huge ass-ache.

I'll tell you the same thing I told her: create a gapless playlist, tag your tracks so that they show up properly in order on a player, zip it up and upload it to Mega or something similar.
posted by Oktober at 11:28 AM on June 16 [1 favorite]


ISOburn is what you need. An excellent free app.
But Mega might be less tedious, as oktober says.
posted by anadem at 11:35 AM on June 16


Oktober has this one right.
Burning. One. C.D. At. A. Time. is going to be a huge time sink.
I occasionally participate in the music exchange here on MeFi, and just doing those 5 CD's is a pain.

Besides, how many of those 70 people actually listens to CD's?
They will probably just immediately rip it into iTunes or whatever and then put it on their phone or iPod.

Eliminate the middleman and give it to them how they are probably going to use it anyway.
posted by John Kennedy Toole Box at 11:36 AM on June 16 [2 favorites]


I agree with the above. When I make a mix I just use a zip of mp3s.

Besides making sure you tag them with your track numbers and not the original track number on the source album, make sure to give your "album" a name and change all the tracks' album name to reflect it. Otherwise the mix will never stay together when they import it into their player.

Rather then mess with those free share sites, I usually use my Public folder on Dropbox, but either way will work fine.
posted by drjimmy11 at 11:55 AM on June 16 [1 favorite]


(It's usually best to make a physical copy of the mp3s you want to use to a new folder on your computer, so you don't mess up the metadata on the original tracks.)
posted by drjimmy11 at 11:59 AM on June 16


After you figure out whats going on in your CD, the hard part is burning it 70 times.

ANY CD burning program would work.

I use iTunes, and all you would have to do is pop in a disc, make that playlist burn to it, and repeat 69 times. The only difference is that you have to pop in a blank cd 70 times rather than once.
posted by hal_c_on at 1:35 PM on June 16


Legos can automate the cd swapping when burning.
posted by Sophont at 2:06 PM on June 16


If you want to stick with the physical CD, there is most likely a CD duplication service available in your city (or nearby). For example, just typing in "memphis duplication" into the Google lead me to this place (not an endorsement, literally the first one I found) who will do that with black text in paper sleeves for about $110 for 100 (it's actually more expensive to do 70). You'd then give them a copy you'd burn yourself and then in a week or so you'd get back a box of discs. They don't care what's on the master, just that they can read it. I have no idea where you live but any sufficiently large city ought to have a place that'll do these things. (I have no idea about actually "mastering" the disc - my experience there ends at burning CDs with iTunes.)
posted by mrg at 4:14 PM on June 16


> They don't care what's on the master, just that they can read it.

I would be quite surprised if that is generally true. A business like that could get into a lot of trouble. The odds of having the RIAA hammer dropped on them are very low, but so is the benefit to taking that kind of business.
posted by Nerd of the North at 5:54 PM on June 16


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