How to Burn Part of a Song From a CD

by Serm Murmson

When you rip music from a CD, the tracks upload to your computer as they appear on the actual CD. If you wish to isolate part of a song as its own track, you will need to be comfortable with basic audio editing software. This is a valuable skill to have, as such software is very useful in all manner of audio creation and manipulation. If you wish to use part of a song as a sample in a work of your own, this skill is central to that process.

Ripping the Source CD


Insert the source CD into your computer.


Open your preferred audio ripping software. There are some standalone programs that do this, though this function is standard on almost all media players.


Rip the desired tracks from the CD. Make sure that your files are going to an easily-located directory and are of a workable file type.

Audio Editing


Open your preferred audio editing software. There are many programs available which will suffice for this task. Some, such as Pro Tools, are high-end professional programs that have a wide range of possible uses. Others, such as Audacity, are free, open-source programs with slightly reduced functionality. Any audio editing software should be capable of isolating parts of a file.


Open the song from which you wish to isolate parts. It should display as a waveform. Waveforms show the relative peaks in amplitude over the course of a song.


Find the desired segment. This can be done visually, by looking at the waveform, or it can be done through listening to the file.


Cut out the parts you do not want. Treat the file as if it were a text document, using the same cut function as you would in a word processing program.


Apply fade-ins and fade-outs to the beginning and end of the segment, if desired. Each audio editing program is slightly different, but you should be able to find the fade-in and fade-out functions in one of the drop-down menus of the program. Highlight the area you wish to fade in, and apply a fade-in to it. Likewise, highlight the area you wish to fade out, and apply a fade-out to it.


Save the file. Make sure you save the file to a straightforward location and that it is saved in the desired format.


  • check This process alone does not make you the artist of the song. Even if you are sampling a song in your own work, always make sure to give credit to the original artist.

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About the Author

Serm Murmson is a writer, thinker, musician and many other things. He has a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago. His concerns include such things as categories, language, descriptions, representation, criticism and labor. He has been writing professionally since 2008.

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