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In addition to exporting audio tracks as files, Audition CS6 gives you the ability to burn them directly to CDs. So if you want to burn your mix to listen to in your car or send to a friend, you can do so without having to use any third-party software. First I should mention that you can't burn a session directly to a CD. Notice with my session opened here I can't go to File > Export and choose Burn Audio to CD. It's currently grayed out. And that's because Audition can't export the mix and burn it all at once. Instead, if I wanted to create an audio CD of this mix, you would have to first export it as a single file like we saw how to do a couple movies ago, by choosing File > Export > Multitrack Mixdown > Entire Session.
And here I would want to probably export this as a WAV file so it's not compressed. Now I'm just going to Cancel that because I still have the version of that mix sitting here on my Desktop. We call this as Breakdown_Mode_rough_Stereo. So to burn that to a CD from Audition, I need to drag it in to Audition. And there it is. So I'll expand my window here. So there's the full mix version of the song. (music playing) Now with this file open, I can choose File > Export > Burn Audio to CD.
Here I can choose which of my computers optical drives I want to use if I have more than one. I just have the one in this case. Write mode is going to be Write, since I actually want to burn a real CD and I've just test my settings. I can choose how many copies I want to burn, and if I choose more than one I'll be prompted to insert more CDs as Audition burns each one. I can also have it Verify the CD after burning to make sure it was burned without errors, and I can also have it Eject to CD when it's done. Now, the kind of CD it's going to be burning is a regular audio CD like the kind you can buy in record stores. It's not a CD containing an audio file that you can just drag off and copy to another computer.
These are going to be a regular audio CD. That means you can burn up to 78 minutes of audio to each CD. But currently I'm only burning one track. That might be all I want to do, but you can actually create an audio CD comprised of multiple tracks. I'm going to Cancel this. Let's say that in addition to putting this file onto a CD, I also want to add the individual audio files I used for this song so that each instrument can be heard on its own, maybe for review purposes. I am going to choose File > New > CD Layout. So I'm now looking at a CD Layout, and it allows me to drag and drop files or CD track range markers in here.
So you can see here's the Layout sitting here in my Files panel. Now I'm going to go find my tracks that I want to add to it. Let's start with the MP3 that I had sitting out on my desktop. That becomes track one, and I'll just quickly select a couple other tracks here. Now I can't select session tracks here. Even if I do select that here and drag it in, it's not going to be added. I can only drag individual files onto a CD, and if I wanted to I could go through here and drag all the other tracks that I used. I can also come in here and right-click on tracks and choose Insert into CD Layout, you either create a New CD Layout from there or just put in to my current one.
Now I'll do the same for the left track here. Once I have files in here, I can drag them around to rearrange them. If I want to make the Bass the last track I can do that. You can use the Pause Column to determine how much space to leave between the tracks. For the second drag this down to zero if I want the track to start immediately after the previous one ends. So you can see here that this track will end at 11:46:12 and this next one will start at 11:46:12. So the Start and End columns tells you have far into the entire CD the track appears and ends. If I look in the Properties panel here, I can see its entire duration and how much space I've used up so far.
You can even open the CD Text area if you want to additional data that will show up in CD players that can display data like title, artist, composer, and so on. Now once you have everything arranged as you like, click Burn Audio to CD and we've already seen this window. I'm going to burn this at the fastest possible speed, but if your CD is of vital importance, you should probably choose the slowest speed possible just to make sure you get the most accurate burn. I'm going to just burn one copy. I'm going to Verify the CD after burning, and I'm going to uncheck Eject the CD when complete, because I actually want to show you the completed CD in here.
So I'll click OK to burn the CD. Okay, so Audition has now successfully burned the CD, and it tells me it's been verified as well. Click OK, and you can see now iTunes is actually trying to get my attention. Let me just hide Audition for a moment. Here's iTunes, and here's my audio CD sitting here in iTunes. You can actually see it sitting here on my desktop as well with individual audio tracks. But you can see in iTunes it shows up just like any other audio CD which I can now play... (music playing) And I could even rip to CD to my iTunes Library now as MP3 if I wanted to.
But the point is now I have a regular audio CD which I can play in any standard CD player, whether it's a computer or a set-top CD player. So that's how to burn CDs from Audition CS6.
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