QUOTE(Arundodonuts @ Jun 13 2012, 11:42 AM)
To burn a CD from your PC you need to ensure you have a "writeable" CD drive and you need some software (possibly Nero) though I think some current versions of Windows have built in CD burning.
I have the built in software for Windows 7 but I don't know what option I need to select for "write this as if it's a CD for an audio CD player" as opposed to "Please write each of these files as a file in file folders". What do you choose for writing a bog standard audio CD as opposed to a CD designed to be read by computers and MP3 CD players? I've never bought one of the audio blanks, perhaps when you insert an audio blank rather than a PC blank it comes up with the right options automatically? I realise you can write audio on a PC blank, but then it pops up with all sorts of questions, maybe the audio version is a lot easier.
Oh, and I can't really wear headphones. I am pretty deaf and wear an impressive pair of giant hearing aids, so if I want to hear anything it either has to plug into my hearing aids or play on speakers. With speakers I tend to be able to crank it loud enough to hear with no hearing aids and be able to re-equalise it to account for the losses in my hearing. With modern playback devices and very recent headphones they are supposed to conform to EU restrictions on how loud they can play the sound. 85dB to me is about the noise of a leaf blowing in the wind. I don't ideally like listening to music with my hearing aids in because it's passing through a second microphone and another set of digital reprocessing. I don't mind that when I am listening to enjoy, but listening to analyse you need to hear exactly how it is. It's very hard, obviously everyone hears things a certain amount differently but I'm aware that how differently I hear things is another order of magnitude. I have now been to so many recorder ensembles with hearing aids in that recorders with no hearing aids sound like alien objects and I have to leave them in to listen to recorders. Viola I generally play without as the vibrations are easier to work with, but mean to pick the brains of someone in my new orchestra who wears the same brand but a less powerful model, and I notice he wore them for the concert.
Interesting to know that listening directly to the recording device is a viable option, though, I have a hearing aid input lead that I can plug into a standard headphone socket, that may well be enough to pick up what I want to hear. Lots to mull over.