Help Request: 16/48 to cdr

Thanks so much in advance for any help on this dilemma…

I like to burn music downloaded from torrent sites (the legal ones) to cd. I know the essentials, i.e. the files must be in 16/44.1 format. And, on many occasions I have successfully exported 24/48 files to the 16/44.1 for burning.

However, I am stuck on this one…here is the torrent description of the file format:


When I try to convert to 16/44.1 with Audacity, I still end up with files that are not in that format and thus cannot be burned…

Is there some sort of trick to this, or am I missing something obvious?

Again, any help would be greatly appreciated.


That’s a little surprising since famously the Audacity input and output files have little to do with each other.

Does the show play when it’s on the Audacity timeline?

How are you converting and what are you using as a burner?


Thanks so much for the stab at this.

I should have mentioned I am running on Windows 7.

The downloaded tracks play on Media Player.

I use EAC to burn…I have not tried with alternative software…

What format are they in after you export them?

Are you sure you exported at 44100 Hz project rate? Are you sure you chose “WAV (Microsoft) signed 16-bit PCM”?

Have you added metadata that you don’t normally add, or does pressing “Clear” in Metadata Editor when you export help?

To inspect the format of the original torrent files or the files you exported, you can download “MediaInfo” from MediaInfo - Download MediaInfo for Microsoft Windows . Get the version without installer, because the installer may have malware or adware.


Hi Gale, thanks a bunch for joining in the effort to clarify this.

Yes on the questions about 16 and 44.1…did it twice. Did not enter any metadata…just opened the downloaded files, one at a time as usual (seems no batch conversion offered as an option), clicked on “export”, verified the settings, passed through the metadata page, and the resulting file still was not compatible with cd burning.

Later in the week, I will use the other link to assess the file characteristics and will report back!


You can use File > Import > Audio… rather than File > Open…, then multiple-select the files you want. The files will import in Audacity tracks one above the next. Then use File > Export Multiple… .

Or you can create a Chain containing an ExportWAV command at File > Edit Chains… (the ExportWAV command can only be 16-bit), then File > Apply Chain… . Select the Chain you created, then “Apply to Files…” and select the files to be converted. See Chains - for batch processing and effects automation - Audacity Manual .


I use EAC to burn…I have not tried with alternative software…

I’ve only used EAC for ripping, but most CD burning software can do the conversion and make an audio CD from a variety of formats. You just have to confgure the application for making an “audio CD”, and not a “data CD” which copies the files to the disc as-is. People make audio CDs from MP3s all the time… It’s bad practice to use a lossy format, but people do it.

Try [u]ImgBurn[/u]. You should be able to use your FLAC files directly.

Correct me, but many burners will handle 48000/16/Stereo without any conversion.


I used VLC to analyze the original downloaded file:

Stream 0
Type: Audio
Codec: PCM S16 LE (araw)
Channels: Stereo
Sample Rate: 48000 Hz
Bits per sample: 16

I tried running it on the one I thought I had converted to 44100, but it would not analyze it.

I tried the MediaInfo link without the installer, but it seemed it DID want to install, so I held off.

I will try burning with ImgBurn and see what happens…


To set the sample rate of exported files, set the “Project Rate” (lower left corner of the main Audacity window) before you export. The “Project Rate” sets the sample rate that will be used when exporting.

Interesting…per above suggestions, I tried the cd burning software which came with my Lenovo PC…I WAS able to use CorelBurn to burn the original downloaded files to cdr…the same files which EAC did not recognize…I guess the lesson to be learned is that if one cd burning program does not work with a given file, then try another!


I was once stuck with burning software that was intentionally crippled in order to sell a CD Authoring Program, but they were’t clear about that on the box. That and the help people didn’t know about the abbreviated version. Koz

You usually have to be playing the file for VLC to analyze it.

No, here is for example the 7z file for 64-bit Windows XP and later:

Most CD burners “should” cope with burning a 48000 Hz WAV or even FLAC to audio CD but I suppose you could argue that that resampling in an audio editor “might” give better results than “some” CD burners would. Audacity does have a very good resampling library.