Tuesday, April 6, 2010

How do I make and exact copy of my Audio CD.

This is a confusing topic.  If you have an audio CD mastered just the way you like it, and you want us to copy it exactly, you need to make an image file of your CD, or you can send it to us in the mail and we'll do it for you. Learn More about our $5.00 easy setup

If you're not concerned about making an exact copy, but just want it to work on audio cd players (which will also work on all computers, all car cd players, and most dvd players), you can simply zip up your .mp3 or .wav files and use that to make the disc.  This works perfectly well, but some people want to have an exact copy to preserve cd-text information already burned on their original cd master.  If you do not know what this is, you probably don't need to make an exact cd copy.  To learn more about setting up your basic project for audio cds, look at our video Audio CDs (on trepstar.com)

To make an exact CD copy, you have two choices:

1) If you want us to do this for you, we charge a one time  $5.00 per disc setup charge.  Learn More about our $5.00 easy setup

2) Or, download and purchase Roxio Creator 2010 or later  to make a .gi image (global image) file.  Get Roxio Creator


  •  You will make a .gi file (details below)
  •  You will upload that .gi file to your web server
  •  You will login to TrepStar.com and update your project.  Set the download URL to the .gi file you've uploaded to a web server.

How to make a .gi file using Roxio.

1) Launch the program while your CD is in your CD player
2) In the left column (2nd button) click Data/Copy
3) There is a Create, Backup and Copy section on this screen.  Go to the Copy section and choose "Copy Disc to Image"
4) Copy From: should select your cd/dvd drive that has the CD you want to make the copy of.
5) Choose the Image location:  Browse to somewhere on your computer where you will store this .gi file so you can zip it up later.  We suggest making the folder c:\GIFiles and place them all there
6) You'll want to click the browse button to pick your c:\GIFiles folder or whatever you decide.
7) Before you click the save button, give your file a name such as "Disc1".
8) Save as type: must be set to "global image (*.gi)"
9) Once you click save, click the green right arrow button to start the process.
10) Once finished you've made an exact digital copy of your cd.

Upload that .gi file to your server, then specify that URL in your TrepStar.com project. Important:  Your project should be set as a Data CD even though it will end up to be an audio cd.  This is because the data from the .gi image file is used to burn instead of mp3 or .wav files.  In the end, it will be a true audio cd, but the project must be set to data cd so we burn it correctly.


Note: .gi files are for audio cds.  .iso files are for DVDs or Data CDs that are not audio cds.
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