How to burn a CD with audacity

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank CD-R Disk
  • CD-R disk drive
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James B. Jones, a former United States Army M.P., has been a full-time writer in the fields of consumer electronics and video games since 2006. Walker has had his articles published on several gaming and technology websites, and has made frequent appearances on All Games Radio.