Is it possible to Compress Audio on a CD

  johnincrete 09:16 07 Sep 2013

I record my church's services and, after editing, I burn the audio onto CD's. My problem is that recently I have more audio than the CD can take. I am aware that video can be compressed so that a DVD holds much more but can it be done with audio?

I have Audacity but have not used it - too complicated for me!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 09:34 07 Sep 2013

Yes audio can be compressed

The MP3 format widely used is a form of compressed audio.

The problem comes with playback as not all CD players are capable of playing MP3 files.

What format are you recording the audio in? how do you wish it to be played back?

  Peter 09:38 07 Sep 2013


How long are your services??? You should be able to get 80 minutes onto a CD.

If you convert your recording to an MP3 file using Audacity & Lame you will be able to get about 10 times as much audio onto the CD. I can't imaging that your services will be that long (;->


  johnincrete 15:17 07 Sep 2013

I am burning the CD's using Nero from a mixture of .wav and mp3.

Are you recommending the whole thing is converted to a single mp3 file? Is that file then just copied to the CD?

The concept of a single mp3 file does not fit with the model: I separate distinct parts of the service into tracks so people can easily repeat some bits and skip others. The longest part is the sermon that is about 30-40 minutes and is in mp3 format ready to be "dropboxed" onto our web site for a wider audience.

The length of the service exceeds 80 minutes by anything from 10 to 20 minutes.

How does Audacity and the other one help?

Thanks for you attention

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:35 07 Sep 2013

mixture of .wav and mp3.

It will be the wav files that are taking up the room

covert the wav files to mp3 and you will have loads of room

Here is how to do it with Audacity

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