1. Check your drive and software
If you use your computer for the greatest you can use him for, you know if
you have a cd-rom-drive or dvd-drive that can write cd’s. Make sure it
can write CD-R. If you use these, you have burning software, e.g. Easy CD Creator
or Nero Burning Rom. If you aren’t sure, ask someone who knows or check
the list with parts of your computer, and look for a manual or something about
2. Downloading MPT
You have to convert the songs to be able to burn them. Don’t worry, the
quality will remain the same. For converting, the easiest way is ModPlug Tracker,
which you can download at http://www.modplug.com/modplug/download.php3?session=&download=Tracker.
Unzip the zip file, and open the folder in which the files were extracted. Also
open the folder C:\Games\Jazz2\.
3. Converting files
Make a list of songs you’d like to convert. Write the file names down
on a piece of paper. Mind that MPT cannot convert J2B. Open Mptrack.exe, and
click the yellow folder sign (Open). Go to C:\Games\Jazz2\ and double-click
the file you’d like to convert. The file will open (Picture 1). Click
the menu ‘File’, and then click ‘Save as Wave…’.
(Even if you want to make an MP3-disc, don’t click ‘Save as MP3…’,
because the quality of MP3’s is lower if you convert from these file types.)
Give the file a name and click ‘Save’. A window will open (Picture
2). Leave the defaults and click ‘Convert’. The file will be converted
and normalized. Open the converted version and listen if it sounds OK. Repeat
this action for every song.
Note: The size of converted files will be enormous. It won’t be strange
if it is around 25 to 100 MB. Don’t worry. If an audio-cd is made, the
size in MB doesn’t matter, only the length in seconds does matter.
4. Burning the CD
This is not something I should describe, because every cd-burning-application
is different. The most common used handle is drag&drop, that means your
click on a file, keep the mouse button pressed, drag it to the cd-burning-application
and let the mouse button go. Just burn the CD, with maybe some other songs and
test it in a stereo-set. It’ll work, you’ll see.
Note: if it doesn’t work, you have done something wrong while burning
the cd. The converting is OK.
5. Special step for MP3-discs
If you want to make an MP3-disc, you’ll have to burn a normal CD and
then copy the songs to your computer. Then open the start-menu, and click ‘Run…’.
Type ‘command’ (in XP and 2000 you can also use ‘cmd’),
and click OK. Go to the folder where the songs are stored using the following
commands: ‘cd ..’ for going one directory up, ‘cd
for going one directory down, ‘X:’ for going to another disk-drive,
diskette-drive, harddisk or removable drive where X stands for the letter of
the drive. Then type ‘copy
and press ENTER. Note: If you type the command, copy is the command, parameter
one is the name of the original file including extension (.cda), parameter two
is the filename of the file that will be spit out including extension (.mp3).
Try out the MP3 file before you burn. This doesn’t work always, but I
don’t know any other method.
Note: If you think it’s a better option to choose ‘Save as MP3…’
in step 3, you must check out the file size. You’ll just make it to get
8 MP3’s on one disc or something!
This was my method. I advise not to make MP3 discs, because it’ll cost
you much cd’s, and maybe the latest conversion won’t work.
Eat your lima beans, Johnny.