You asked: “I bought a Samson Q1U Dynamic USB microphone from you. A Cakewalk LE programme came with the purchase. I want to burn Cd’s of recordings I have made on my Cakewalk LE programme. I understand that I need to buy an encoder for this purpose. Are you able to supply such a programme for purchase, please?”
This is quite a common question, especially as the Cakewalk program is very keen to encourage you to purchase an encoder. However, it is perfectly possible to burn CD’s without spending any money on an encoder. When you have recorded and mixed something you are happy with in Cakewalk LE and are ready to burn it to CD, simply export the whole thing as an audio file (File->Export). You will then have a standard audio file in *.wav format which you can burn to a CD either using Windows Media Centre (see instructions below) or using iTunes, both of which are FREE.
You can burn music files stored on your computer to a recordable CD as an audio CD. You can play audio CDs in most computers and in home and car CD players that play CD-R and CD-RW discs. You can burn an audio CD from various types of digital audio files including Windows Media Audio (WMA), MP3, or WAV file formats.
- Start Windows Media Center. Insert a recordable CD into your CD or DVD burner.
- Click the Burn a CD or DVD notification that appears in Windows Media Center, or, on the start screen, scroll to Tasks, and then click burn cd/dvd.
- On the Select Disc Format screen, click Audio CD, and then click Next.
- Using the keyboard, type a name for your CD, and then click Next.
- On the Choose Music screen, click the album, genre of music, songs, playlist, or songs by a particular artist that you want to burn as an audio CD, and then click Next.
- If you want to add more music files to the disc, on the Review & Edit List screen, click Add More.
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you have added all the digital audio files to the disc that you want to burn.
- After you have added all the audio files that you want to burn, on the Review & Edit List screen, click Burn CD.
- At the Initiating Copy notification, click Yes.
- After the disc is burned, in the Completing Disc Creation notification, click Done.