Burning Audio CDs

Besides copying audio tracks from a CD to your computer, Ubuntu also enables you to copy music files from your computer onto a CD. Serpentine is the audio CD burner application that comes bundled with Ubuntu, by default. It is an easy-to-use but very powerful CD audio recording application.

To burn an audio CD using Serpentine:

1. Insert a blank (recordable) CD in the CD drive of your computer. You will receive a notification asking whether you want to burn a data CD or an audio CD. When you click the Make Audio CD button, Serpentine will be launched automatically.

Figure 9.31: Auto-launching Serpentine

2. Alternatively, you can launch Serpentine through the Applications menu. To launch Serpentine manually, on the Applications menu, point to Sound & Video and then click Serpentine Audio CD Creator. The Serpentine window is displayed.

Figure 9.32: Launching Serpentine

3. The Serpentine Window displays the disc usage of the inserted disc graphically as well as in words. You can now click the Add button to start adding the tracks that you want to be copied to the disk. However, if you want to change the default configuration settings for Serpentine before burning the audio CD, open the Serpentine Preferences dialogue box by clicking Preferences on the Edit menu.

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Figure 9.33: Displaying Configuration Settings

4. You can use the Serpentine Preferences window to specify the writing speed for burning CD and to define some writing options such as whether to insert two seconds gap between two tracks or to eject the CD after recording is complete. After defining your preferences, click Close to apply the changes and exit the Serpentine Preferences window.


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Figure 9.34: Customising Preferences

5. Now you need to specify the files that you want to be copied on the inserted CD. To start specifying the desired audio files, click Add. This opens a browser window. In the browser window, navigate to the desired folder and click Open to display its contents.

Figure 9.35: Specifying Audio Files to Copy 6. Select the specific audio files that you want to be copied and click Open. You are returned to the Serpentine window.
Figure 9.36: Selecting the Files to Copy

7. The selected files now appear in the Serpentine window. You can also view the estimated disc usage once these files are written to the disc. Based on this data, you may decide to add or delete some files from your current selection. Once you are sure of the files to be copied to the disc, click the Write to Disc button to start writing the audio files from your computer to the CD.



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Track Title



1 Right Here Waiting

Richard Marx

2 It Must Have Been Love



3 Un-Break My Heart

Toni Braxton

4 Goodbye

Air Supply

5 That's Why (Vbu Go Away)

Michael Learns To Rc

6 Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) Phil Collins




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Figure 9.37: Writing Audio Files to Disc 8. You are asked to confirm your decision to record a media disc. Click Write to Disc to continue.

Figure 9.38: Confirming the CD Writing

9. Serpentine now starts writing the music files to the media disc. You can view the progress of the process in the Writing Audio Disc dialogue box. This process may take some time depending on the size of the files to be written to disc. Once the process is complete, you get a new CD containing all your favourite songs.

Figure 9.39: Writing Audio CD

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