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X-CD-Roast is a graphical user interface (GUI) for the command-line set of cdr tools. With the X-CD-Roast front end things are a bit nicer and easier. The cdrtools set contains cdrecord which does the hard job supporting all the cd writers and also the actual writing of CDs, readcd which is a command line that reads data-tracks of CDs, mkisofs a utility that masters CD-/images from given file-trees on the hard disk and cdda2wav which reads audio-tracks.
You can master two kinds of CDs: audio or data. For audio you need to have “.wav” format audio files in the /scratch directory. For data CDs you need to create an image of the files you want on your Cd also on /scratch . Once you have your audio files or images you can proceed to write them by accepting the track layout. Try to test your parameters by writing a Cd in simulation mode and once you are sure you can start duplicating your data or sound-files.
To burn an audio CD you can follow these procedures:
Make sure all the sound-files are in riff or wav format, and also 44.1KHz sampling rate (CD quality!). To find information about your sound-files you can type:
Beware that in general “clm's” default sampling rate is 22050 because of historical reasons and of course because of lower speed processors. Being the case with a stereo 22.05Ksr sound-file you can type the following options in order to have a CD-ready sound-file.
Next, launch xcdroast on the command line and you should get its graphic interface. Make sure you have the correct cd-writer settings by clicking on the setup push button, and selecting the correct device for the machine you are using. Don't forget to save your configuration.
The underlying tools that are called by xcdroast are sometimes easier to use standalone, follow to the next section for the glory of all the details: