After writing my previous article Rolling
Your own Audio CDs, I received a lot of user
feedback. Apparently my steps in the audio CD recording
process were not as easy as I had hoped that they would
To solve this problem, I have two
software recommendations to make burning your own CDs as
easy as pie. The software that Im talking about is
HyCD Play&Record and PTS-Audio CD MP3 Studio. With
these software titles, anyone can directly burn audio CDs
from their MP3 files. It takes no experience with CD
Recorders (CDR or CDRW), decoding files, or anything
beyond the basics of the average users computer
knowledge. I now think that if you can download or
encode and play MP3 files, you have enough computer know-how
to put them on a CD that will play in your home stereo,
using a CD burner. The idea behind both these software
titles is simple, taking the hassle out of making audio
CDs from your MP3 collection.
A trial version of Play & Record is
available at www.HyCD.com.
Play & Record tries to be an MP3/Sound
Editing/Audio CD burning program. It succeeds at all 3.
But even just as an Audio CD suite I found that HyCD was
up to par with any burning software out there.
MP3 support is just the great addition that puts it ahead
of the other audio burning Suites. HyCD Play&Record
uses a great system, that most people are familiar with
from word processing, to record CDs.
When burning an Audio CD you use a right mouse click to
select the HyCD Copy option to select your files in
indows explorer. To record the CD, you only have to press
the HyCD Paste option on the drive of your CD recorder.
The CDR playlist comes up with all your selections, wav
files or MP3s.
All that is left is to select the order
of the desired songs and press record. HyCDs
software does all the MP3 decoding and begins the CD burn.
The thing that makes this kind of software so appealing,
is that it takes the work out of making audio CDs. HyCD
Play&Records features are not exclusively
limited to MP3 to CD though. Making Audio CDs from wav
files and direct CD to CD copying is also included. There
is also a sound editor to clean up the sound of your wav
files before burning them to disc, an MP3 encoder and
decoder, an MP3 player and even a data CD burning feature.
HyCD Play&Record is very user
friendly and has a great tutorial and great help files.
The only gripes I have are minimal interface tweaks that
are being looked at as you read this. There is also the
possibility of some incompatibility issues if you have an
older CDR, but I have been assured that those problems
are also being looked into. Future updates will
take care of any problems. If you have been considering
spending some money on a MP3 or CD burning suite, I would
definitely consider Play & Record. The price for the
Play & Record with MP3 encoding capability is less
than $60 U.S.
A better name for HyCD Play&Record
would be Everything you ever wanted in a Music/Burning
In my opinion, a definite 5 out of 5 stars.
PTS - Audio CD MP3
Available at products.pts-shop.de
Audio CD MP3 Studio has a few of HyCD
Play&Records features, the most prominent
being, the ability to make audio CDs directly from your
MP3 collection with no need to do any of the work
yourself. This program is quite a bargain for only $30.
It supports both MP3 and wav files and does a good job of
automating the process of recording your MP3 files to an
audio CD. Audio CD MP3 Studio is a good addition to your
burning software but it isnt a replacement like
HyCD Play&Record. Selecting MP3 or wav files to burn
is as easy as picking which songs you want in the add
track menu and pressing open within the program then
selecting what order you want the tracks in. A great
feature of this program is the ability to save the
burning playlist so that you can make the same CD over
again with out too much trouble. The help files are well
done and the program is pretty easy to get the hang of.
Using a special trial access code, PTS
Audio CD MP3 Studio is available to download and use 20
Just enter the serial number code: CSN02A-999893-0303
The only complaint with PTS - Audio CD
Studio is a few little bugs and the amount of effort it
takes to change the order of the songs around that you
want to burn.
In my opinion, this product deserves its MP3.com
previously rated 5 out of 5 stars.
PTS - Audio CD MP3 Studio is a piece of
software, with a small price tag, that makes a great
addition to your library of CD burning software. Check
out the PTS web site (http://products.pts-shop.de/) for
more information or to register your shareware copy.
The Gold Edition of PTS - Audio CD MP3 Studio has many
more features including an Ripper/Encoder.
Both HyCD Play&Record and PTS-Audio
CD MP3 Studio save you time and make the MP3 to Audio CD
recording process easier.
HyCD Play&Record (Proprietary, $60 U.S)
(Trial version available)
PTS-Audio CD MP3 Studio
Special trial access
Access code (serial number): CSN02A-999893-0303
Originally published: June, 2000