Dubbing and recording back in the day using cassette tapes used to be quite complicated, time consuming, and such a hassle. During those days, audio cassettes were using an analog tape format where you would have to monitor and time each track when dubbing. The same went for video using VHS and Betamax video cassettes. With so many technological advancements since then, we are now in an age where audio and video files are digital and can be stored, played, or transferred using compact discs or CDs as the standard. Furthermore, this medium and standard makes it easy to dub and record the contents of one CD onto another CD. All you really need is a CD player, a CD recorder, the source CD, and a recordable CD.
Connect the player and the recorder. To start dubbing CDs, your first step in the process is to connect your digital CD player to your digital CD recorder. There are two ways to connect these two machines together. The first way is the most recommended and is achieved by connecting the digital outputs of the CD player onto the digital input of the CD recorder. This is the most optimized way to record or dub since the audio on the source CD, which is already digital in nature, will be transferred and dubbed onto the recordable CD without being translated into an analog signal. The transfer will involve a full digital and raw transfer, which will keep and preserve the integrity of the audio file. The second way would be to use the analog output and inputs to connect each machine together. This type of connection will require a conventional two pronged audio jack connecting each machine. The only problem with this is that since the signal is analog, translations will occur as the audio file is transferred which, in turn, will degrade the quality of the file.
Program and configure. Once the CD player and the CD recorder are connected to each other, insert the source CD into the player and the destination or recordable CD into the recorder. Program and configure the CD player to play the tracks that you would want it to play in succession. Configure the recording cues on the recorder if necessary as well. The manual should have instructions about this.
Start dubbing. Once everything is programmed and configured, start dubbing by pressing the record button on the recorder and the play button on the player. It is important to press and activate the record button on the recorder slightly earlier than pressing the play button on the player. This will provide a small time allowance on the recordable CD to ensure that you record the audio file from the source from the very start. Make sure that you press the pause button on the recorder if you want to change CDs or tracks after recording a particular track. Press record again to resume the dubbing. Press the stop button or set the recorder to automatically shut down once the recording completes.
Dubbing and recording CDs have become so easy that even a child can do it. With so many automation and smart features integrated in players and recorders, you can even configure it so that you will never have to monitor the dubbing. The process of dubbing is even much easier when done through a computer.