Required Software: Nero Burning ROM and FooBar2000 Special - links below.
If you do not have Nero installed, download and install Nero Burning ROM. Trial versions from www.nero.com
Ok, let’s do it. Ever noticed there’s always a noticeable gap between tracks when you try to make an audio CD from MP3s ? Even after removing the ‘2 second gap’ option in your favorite burning software there’s always a noticeable pause between songs, especially when you’re listening to a live CD ? Well, there IS a way to burn CDs without any gap at all. Thanks to Phreak144 for the tip !
Download and install Foobar2000 special edition. You need to install the special version because it has extra plugins. After installation close Foobar2000. Insert a blank CD. Restart Foobar 2000. Click on Playlist at the top, add the MP3s files you would like to burn. Highlight all the MP3s and right-click on them. Select Write audio CD. That should be it, the default Foobar2000 settings will write a completely gapless audio CD for you. Don’t believe it ? Test by burning the same files with another audio cd burning program, nero or roxio etc., and you will sure notice the difference !
Tip: you might want to volume normalise the mp3’s [recommended if you are compling an audio CD from various mp3s…sinlges etc. But not if the mp3s are all from the one album/CD] BEFORE writing to CD. … even though foobar has a replay gain option ,that i assume is meant to volume normalise the mp3s, i have found it does not work when enabled. IF you don’t have a program to do this i recommend MP3 Workshop. Get it @ http://myhome.iolfree.ie/~mp3workshop/ . Ignore the “List index out of bounds” warning went it starts. Use the Options/processing settings dialogue to set your preferences. Then you choose Queue/Add…and be sure the MP3 to MP3 tab is enabled if you are about to process/normalise the files you have added to the queue.
Thanks to http://www.chrismyden.com/nuke/article.php?sid=194&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0 for the essence of above. All i did was edit, add some tips and fix some links.