Burning M4A recordings to a CD

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This guide assumes you are running Windows. Do note that if a particular recording also has an OGG version available, CDBurnerXP can burn that to an audio disc without the need to follow this process. The OGG version is typically slightly higher quality as well.

Prerequisites

You will need:

Installing

  1. Install foobar2000. The default settings are sufficient, just advance through the pages.
  2. Open foobar2000.
  3. Go to File -> Preferences -> "Components" tab.
    • Click "Install..."
    • Find the foo_dsp_resampler_0.8.3.zip file and select it, then click "Open".
    • Click "Accept" on the dialog box that pops up.
    • Click "OK", then "OK "again.

Converting to WAV format

  1. Drag and drop the files you wish to convert into foobar2000.
    • If the tracks are not already selected, select them all.
  2. Right click anywhere in the selected area.
  3. Mouse over "Convert", then click "..."
    1. Click "Output format".
    2. From the list, select "WAV". Click "Edit".
    3. Click "Back".
  4. Click "Processing".
    • Scroll to the right under the "Available DSPs" box and double click on "Resampler (SoX)".
    • Click on "Configure selected".
    • In the dialog box, click the dropdown box next to "Quality" and select "Best". Click "OK".
    • Click "Back".
  5. Click "Convert".
    1. When asked to pick a directory to place the converted files in, create a directory and double click it, then click OK.
    2. Wait for the files to finish converting. This may take several minutes depending on your computer's speed, and how long the recording being converted is.
  6. You now have uncompressed, lossless WAV files of whichever recording you converted. These WAV files are ready to be burned to an audio CD.
    • If you need to convert more recordings, start the process again from step 5, but instead click [last used] in the "Converter" context menu.

Now you may follow the Burning audio CDs guide; burn the converted fileset as an "Audio disc" in CDBurnerXP.