6 replies, 2 voices Last updated by Damian Housman 3 years, 6 months ago
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    • #46411

      Damian Housman
      Member
      @damianhousman

      I wonder if I have a problem. I bought a new computer a year ago, a PC laptop with W10. I have Microsoft 365, which has generally been good. The laptop does not have its own CD/DVD recorder, so I bought one, an LG slim portable DVD writer.

      I decided to re-record all the music and spoken voice recordings in my iTunes collection, beginning with deleting the ones that I brought in from my previous computer. I didn’t think there would be a big problem with it, except of course the time it takes to record the more than 1,000 songs and spoken word programs (Jean Shepherd shows, mostly from the 60s and 70s). I am not a music or program cheat. I own the CDs.

      After they were all recorded I played some music selections, starting with Dean Martin. It was disappointing. The sound was nowhere near as clear and sharp as the previous version.

      So I ask those with experience in this realm: Is it more likely the problem is in the laptop itself (I really hope not!), or should I buy a better DVD recorder? And how can I tell the difference?

    • #46416

      TeamKomando:John
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      @264458

      Hello Damian,

      Are you doing this for archival purposes or are you wanting to create Audio cd’s that will playback in a CD player?

      If you are doing this for archival purposes you should be using a DVD-R and you should not need more than one or two blank discs for archiving your music.

      If you are in fact creating Audio CD’s that you can use in the car or a stereo, then it will take time to convert the audio for each CD that will house 12-24 tracks depending on length of the audio tracks.

      When burning you will want to use the fastest media that your new DVD/CD burner supports, please take a look at the example below. In the example this CD/DVD Writer is capable of writing CD-R media at a max speed of 24x, you will want to use blank media that is capable of being written to at 24x. Making sure you are using the supported medial will make the writing process faster.

      Writing Speed:
      CD-R:Max.24X
      CD-RW:16X
      DVD-R:Max.8X
      DVD-RDL:Max.4X
      DVD-RW:Max.6X
      DVD + R:Max.8X
      DVD +R DL:Max.4X
      DVD +RW:Max.8X
      DVD-RAM:3X-5XPCAV(8GB)

    • #46418

      Damian Housman
      Member
      @damianhousman

      I am doing it so I can save the music and talk on the CDs to the laptop, in the iTunes, so I can listen to it while I am on my computer.

      The result thus far is poor. I HAD my stuff in iTunes in the previous computer, but wanted to record all my CDs to the new computer. I have all the CDs in stacks in my closet. I own them, and am not stealing them from another source. There must be scores of CDs from the various artists, which I put through the DVD recorder one at a time. But the result was poor audio quality.

    • #46420

      TeamKomando:John
      Participant
      @264458

      Hello Damian,

      Wanting to confirm, you are in fact wanting to rip the audio from the physical CD’s to your computer?

    • #46424

      Damian Housman
      Member
      @damianhousman

      John, yes, that’s all I want to do. I wish my laptop had a CD/DVD disk drive, like my previous computer did, but it doesn’t. All I want to do is take all my CDs, one at a time, and have the recordings placed in my iTunes. Sorry, I’m not familiar with the term “rip” but I assume that means what I was saying. My previous computer had all the CDs on it, and the sound was great. The sound on the new laptop is not that good. I HOPE the difference is that the external DVD drive I used this time was responsible for the difference, and that I can fix it by buying a better DVD drive. I got this one at Best Buy, and it was the lower cost of the two I saw. I didn’t know there could be a difference in sound quality by using different DVD drives, but maybe there can. By the way, I listen to radio programs on my laptop, and the sound quality is very good.

    • #46429

      TeamKomando:John
      Participant
      @264458

      Hello Damian,

      You may very well want to take a look at migrating your iTunes library from one PC to another by click or tapping here.

      If you want to do it over again making sure you ripped the audio CD’s with the best audio quality take a look here on how to use Windows media player to automatically rip the CD or here for iTunes. Be sure to check that import disk content automatically box.

      Hope that helps, additionally be sure the CD-ROM drive you are using has at least 24x read speed for CD-R to ensure you are getting the job done efficiently.

    • #46431

      Damian Housman
      Member
      @damianhousman

      I am using the original CDs, which I bought, so there should be no problem with quality.

      I think you are right, I should use the iTunes contents from the previous computer. I decided to delete the songs recorded for the new computer.

      Getting anything from the old computer to the new one is not working well. I used a double ended USB cable to connect the two computers, giving me an F drive Easy Suite in both computers. I have tried to send the copy of the iTunes library to the F drive on the old computer, but no matter what I do, there isn’t enough room. I need either half a gig or maybe more, that it says I must reduce.

      The only iTunes libraries I see listed are 2018 and before, so maybe I lost it). I haven’t looked at the Windows Media Player instructions, maybe later. To tell you the truth, I never heard of Windows Media Player. Sorry.

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