This tutorial will take you step-by-step through burning (recording) audio CD’s from .flac files, in OS X.
You have a couple of choices when it comes to creating audio CD’s from flac files. You can pay for Toast, which is a feature-rich CD/DVD burning utility, or you can use Burn, which is an open-source (free) CD/DVD burning utility. What’s the catch, you ask? With Toast you can do it all in one step – with Burn you have to do it in two steps. Either way – it’s all outlined below.
The free route:
The I-paid-for-Toast route –
Decoding .flac files to .wav with xACT
- Launch xACT and select the decode tab
- Click the add button
- Navigate to the .flac files you want to decode, select them all, and then click Add files
- Now you’ll need to select the output – I use and suggest .wav. Click Decode when you’re ready
- You’ll be prompted to choose a location to save the output files. Select the same folder where the .flac files are located and then click Choose
- The decoding process only takes a few minutes.
- When it’s completed you’ll be back at the decode screen but there won’t be any files in the decode list. Feel free to close xACT now.
Now we’re going to take the wav files you just created with xACT, and use Burn to turn them into an audio CD.
- Start by launching Burn. Now is probably a good time to make sure you have a blank CD in your recordable drive.
If you’re recording a concert, you’ll probably want to make the CD gapless (no ‘pauses’ between each song). Select Burn from the menu and click Preferences.
- Select Audio from the top menu and then Audio CD from the second menu. Make sure that Pregap: is set to 0 (zero) Seconds. If you do want a pause between each song, enter a number (2 is good).
- Close the Preferences window and select the Audio tab. Click the + (plus) sign to add songs to your CD
- Navigate to the .wav files that you created with xACT. Select them in the order you want them to play on your audio cd (hold down the apple key to select multiple files at once). Click Open to add those files.
- Review the track order etc and make any necessary changes. Also be sure that the Total Time: does not exceed the time that your CD-R allows (usually 80 minutes but do check). When you’re ready, click Burn.
- Click Burn again…
- Sit back and watch. Or grab a cup of coffee cause it’s actually pretty boring. Burn will eject the CD once the recording is complete, and notify you with an audio “ding”. When the recording is done, give the CD a listen to make sure everything worked out, and then feel free to delete those .wav files.
The folks over at Roxio could not have made it easier to turn .flac files into an audio CD. Open Toast, select Audio CD from the menu, and then drag the .flac files directly into the main Toast window. That’s it.
If you’re recording a concert, you’ll probably want to create a gapless (no pauses between songs) CD. To do this, highlight every track except the first one, and in the Pause: column, right click and choose Set to 0 sec.