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Create a Windows Media Player Playlist

Organize your music into playlists (groups of songs with a particular theme) using Windows Media Player. To create a playlist, follow these steps: [more…]

Run Windows Media Player

Run Windows Media Player to play a song or listen to an album. To run Windows Media Player, choose it from the All Programs menu: Click the Start button and choose All Programs and then Windows Media Player [more…]

Setting Effects Parameters in Your Home Recording Studio

Every effect (signal processor) that you use in your home-recording studio has certain settings, called parameters, which you can adjust to tailor the sound to your liking. The compressor and reverb are [more…]

Words to Know as a Music Producer

When you produce your own music at home, you need to know the language of the music-recording industry. This glossary lets you in on the secret (or not-so-secret) language of the record producer. Read [more…]

Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Recording music at home means you play several roles — producer, mixer, and probably musician, too. Be sharp by knowing recording-studio lingo and how to get [more…]

Turn MP3 Files into CDs with Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player (WMP) allows you to burn your own audio CDs from your MP3 collection. The resulting disc is a perfect match for any home or car CD player and can also be played in your PC's CD or [more…]

How to Rip Your Own MP3 Files

It is very easy to rip MP3 files from an audio CD. For this demonstration, you’ll use the Microsoft tool of choice for ripping MP3 files on the PC: Windows Media Player 12, which is built into Windows [more…]

How to Listen to Your MP3 Files

After you've ridden the digital wave of the future and ripped a number of MP3 files, you’re ready to enjoy them. Here are a number of different ways to listen to MP3s on your PC using Windows 8: [more…]

How to Download MP3 Files to an MP3 Player

Your PC can download MP3 files to your personal MP3 player for your portable listening pleasure. For example, you can use your iPod, which has 80GB of storage, a built-in 12-hour battery, and a very fast [more…]

Sound Formats Beyond MP3

Following are some of the sampled sound formats out there on the Internet (and sometimes swapped between PC owners). However, the MP3 format is now so popular for music that these other formats have been [more…]

How to Burn Audio CDs from MP3 Files

With the multitalented Windows Media Player, you can burn your own audio CDs from your MP3 collection. The resulting disc is a perfect match for any home or car CD player and can also be played in your [more…]

How to Create an Audio CD

This video shows you the simple steps for using Windows Media Player to burn your favorite music and audio files onto CDs that you can use in your car, in a portable CD player, and on other computers. [more…]
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