Best free utility to use (XP) to create and burn a Mix CD?
February 28, 2004 11:21 AM   Subscribe

Suggestions for the best free utility to use (Windows, sorry) to create and burn a compellation CD? [more inside]

I really need to find something that will not only copy and burn (which I can already do), but also will allow me to easily equalize and perhaps cross-fade a bit....
posted by anastasiav to Computers & Internet (9 answers total)
posted by the fire you left me at 11:25 AM on February 28, 2004

Alas, Nero's not free. The state of free burning utilities for Windows is not so good. You might be able to cobble something together out of cdrtools, but it won't be pretty or fun.

Your best bet might be to look around for some "free" media player with CDR features. Doesn't iTunes/Win32 have some kind of primitive CDR support? For that matter, doesn't Windows Media Player have something rudimentary?
posted by majick at 11:57 AM on February 28, 2004

I've burned compilation CDs with WMP with no problem.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 12:13 PM on February 28, 2004

Nero's demo version lasts for (I think) 30 days, so it'll certainly serve to burn a compilation CD or twenty. It's not free, but it's free to try.
posted by Jairus at 12:42 PM on February 28, 2004

cdrecord.exe works really well for me.

I have a working setup somewhere I'm sure I could cobble together for you. Although I do do all my burning from linux. Been using cdrecord for ~7 years now, it's NEVER, not even ONCE given me a bad burn yet.

For those who care:

cdrecored speed=x dev=x,x,x -v -pad -audio file1.wav file2.wav, etc, etc

Find the device by:

cdrecord -scanbus
posted by shepd at 2:25 PM on February 28, 2004

iTunes for Windows.
posted by cheaily at 5:20 PM on February 28, 2004

Have they fixed the bugs in iTunes for Windows. I feel compelled to let everyone I see know that the initial release literally trashed the CD-ROM drive on one machine, and seriously fux0r3d a second machine. It was bad, bad software.
posted by jpoulos at 9:06 PM on February 28, 2004

DeepBurner (downloadable from for free) has all you need. i've been using it for a few days and it seems very good and most important for me: just as easy to use as nero.
posted by FidelDonson at 2:59 AM on February 29, 2004

It's not free, but Cd- Architect, by SoundForge/Sony, is fairly awesome and easy to use, especially for fine-tuning your crossfades. I understand it's not so hard to find a copy.
posted by signal at 5:23 AM on March 1, 2004

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