By Jeff Strong

A variety of stand-alone CD recorders are available for your home recording needs, and they all work differently. Some record the CD the same way that a cassette player records — you connect the input of the CD recorder to the output of the device that contains your music and press the Record button on the CD recorder while pressing the Play button on the device with the music.

The CD is recorded in real time. Other stand-alone CD recorders, such as the Tascam CD-RW900MKII, work more like computer software programs than cassette recorders.

With the Tascam, you need to first copy the music files from your recorder’s hard drive to the Tascam’s hard drive. From there, you can edit, sequence, and even dynamically process each song before you record all the songs to a CD-R. When you’re happy with the order of the songs and the spacing between them, you can record your CD.

If you want to do dynamic processing to your music in the Tascam, be sure to send your files to the machine undithered. You can dither in the Tascam after you make your changes — this improves the sound of your final CD. If you’re only sequencing your songs, you can send the files dithered if you want.