burning discs

Windows 10
Audacity 2.1.2
.exe installer

I have recorded music from tape and exported it as audio file WAV and MP3.

I want to burn to disc but unable to proceed.

Thank you

Right. Audacity doesn’t burn anything. You need an Audio CD Authoring and Burning program and I think Windows Media will still do that. Consult your Windows instructions. I’m not a Windows elf.

You can put the MP3 on your Personal Music Player, but don’t put it on a CD. The Audacity high quality default sound format, 44100, 16-bit, Stereo is the same as an Audio CD. MP3 sacrifices sound quality for convenience and file size.


Many authoring programs will burn many types of CD. In general, the Audio CD will ask you to pick the spaces between the songs (default, 2-sec). Others don’t.

Data CD is a flat, shiny hard drive. You can put audio, spreadsheets, or PhotoShop pictures on there. It might play music in some computers, but it won’t play in the CD player in my truck. Lauri needs The Real Thing—Audio CD.


much thanks. Will look into media player. I have worked with audacity in past and transferred music to CDs but don’t recall all this difficulty.

but don’t recall all this difficulty.

Audacity has never burned disks. The process can be greatly shortened if you save a sound file and have a computer that lets you drag the file directly to a CD and burn it. I’ve had machines that will do that. However, chances are nearly zero you got an Audio CD by doing that. Audio CDs have an extra step.

If you know your destination, a Data CD may work for you. Computers can play those just fine. It’s only when you get to your mum’s Buick CD player where it’s going to fall apart. My truck requires a real Audio CD and I have a portable CD player that only plays Audio CDs.


The comments are very helpful. Any suggestions on destination. When exporting audio I was not sure of best location. Obviously would like to put in place for easy access for burning. Right now I placed it in a folder in my music.

Good choice.

You can find more info about making audio CDs in the manual here: http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/tutorial_copying_tapes_lps_or_minidiscs_to_cd.html
and here: http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/burning_music_files_to_a_cd.html

I burned as MP3 and Cd would not play in car ???

To play in a car, export from Audacity as WAV, not MP3, and tell the CD burning application to burn the WAV as an Audio CD or Music CD, not as a data CD. See the Tutorial http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/burning_music_files_to_a_cd.html.