Originally Posted by flaboyjim
I am recording our Sunday morning services in MP3 onto USB thumb drive; with the goal of transferring the entire service onto CD. I intend to "divide" into tracks - segregating the sermon from the other parts.
The Sermon portion only will end up in the archives, and available via our website. The whole service will be left on the CD for those that want to purchase the disc.
What software is user friendly for us to take the MP3 off of the USB to the hard drive and then "edit" into tracks - then burn to CD for a home-bound ministry?
First Baptist Church of McIntosh
You actually don't want to record in MP3, you want to record in an uncompressed format. MP3 is a lossy format, it throws away the information it thinks it doesn't need in order to get the high rates of compression it does. This means that if you need to do any editing, you lose some quality each time you edit and save the file. The CD uses the "Red Book" format, you can Google that to see the specifications. If you want a CD that any CD player made in the last 20 years or so can read, then you want that format. Then you can edit out everything but the sermon and create an MP3 from that. I use Audacity for recording and use it's native format to create the initial recording, then load that into Audacity for editing and producing the output I want. Audacity's native format creates a big file though, I had 3.5GB when it was done, but that is sampled at a higher rate. Nice thing about Audacity, you can play with the data, things like EQ, compression and other effects.
You will need software to burn the master disk for the CD's and you will want a duplicator to make copies.