How to burn a CD with audacity

Written by james b. jones | 13/05/2017
How to burn a CD with audacity
CD-R disks can support about 75 minutes of audio. (cd-r image by matteo NATALE from

Audacity, the free audio recording and editing software, includes several features that are often only found with paid programs. This includes burning audio tracks that play as a standard audio CD. The process of preparing audio files to be burnt to a CD is a relatively simple task, only requiring you to perform a few simple steps.

Insert your blank CD-R disk into your computer's optical disc drive.

Make sure that the "Project Rate" setting in the bottom-left corner of the Audacity window reads "44 100 Hz."

Insert a stereo track to your audio file by clicking "Tracks," then "Add New" and finally "Stereo Track." This file doesn't have to have any audio in it, but the file is necessary to make your audio recording save as a stereo file.

Click "File" and then select "Export." This will open a small Windows Explorer window, where you must select "WAV Format" from the drop-down menu of file type options before saving the file.

Open Windows Media Player and drag the recently exported file into the Windows Media Player play list. Once your files are set, click "Burn Disc" inside Windows Media Player and follow the very basic instructions given by the software to burn your disk.


Be sure to use CD-R disks, not CD-RW. C-RW disks won't be read by many CD players.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to use CD-R disks, not CD-RW. C-RW disks won't be read by many CD players.

Things you need

  • Blank CD-R Disk
  • CD-R disk drive

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