making me aware of possible problems.
There's no condition that I can't make a lot worse.
There will be 8 songs.
My personal preference would be to produce 8 segments (one song and following narration). Set the CD software for zero song gaps and each time you press "Next,"on your player you should get the beginning of a song. If you don't press anything, you'll get all the songs and narration in order.
Change that around as needed. Again my personal preference, 30 minutes is a little rough to scroll through even at fast forward if you need a particular segment or narration.
can i just present the finished 30 minutes to the burner software
If you do one big 30 min song, both versions of the production will play beginning to end exactly the same. But only the version with the individual segments will be easily searchable with the buttons on the player.
Does this sound an unlikely project?
It sounds like the average music podcast.
volume differences are likely to happen regardless of where i get the songs from?
Wherever they come from, particularly if there is some age between them. You are spoiled rotten by listening to the radio in the car and not have to change the volume once between Hattiesburg and Jacksonville. There are regulations and broadcast volume processors which make that all happen.
The first time I tried to do production with a popular radio show by downloading the podcast instead of recording the off-air broadcast, I was sore-amazed how different the voices of the two performers was. Ray talks into his socks and Tom has a laugh recognized as a non-lethal weapon by the State of Massachusetts. Broadcast processors smoothed that all out before my radio got to it.
Even worse, older music is recorded with much less processing and to a lower volume standard. Modern music is subject to Loudness Wars and the louder the better. It's not just turning the volume up, either. There is processing which holds loud parts steady but boosts quiet parts so that everything
is loud. The sound becomes "dense."
If you're not in love with keeping the quality of sound absolutely perfect, you can use an effect called Chris's Compressor to even everything out to broadcast standard. That's how I do it now, so Tom's voice doesn't blow me off the freeway.
So. I would compose the work as one long 30 minute production so I can jockey all the pieces as necessary and make the flow and meter comfortable and smooth.
Then apply Chris's Compressor to force all the volumes to be similar.
Then put Audacity Labels in at the breaks you choose (beginning of each song??). There is an Audacity technique of exporting a show that automatically breaks up one long show into individual files at the labels. Scoop the files up and dump them into your authoring and burning program, make sure the order is right, set it for no second song gaps and burn.
This is very similar to some of the steps in burning your vinyl collection to CD.
"It transferred as one long song per side. How do I break it up for the CD?"
https://theaudacitytopodcast.com/chriss ... -audacity/
You won't need all of this because your song volumes will already be set with Chris.
http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/spli ... racks.html
Windows Media is between you and Windows.