How to Burn a CD With CrossFade

By Jonah Quant

All recent versions of the Windows operating system include Windows Media Player as a built-in utility. Among many other features, Windows Media Player can burn a new CD with the tracks of your choice. By default there are a few seconds' silence between the end of each track and the beginning of the next. You can, however, take advantage of a built-in feature of Windows Media Player called "crossfading." With that feature, a song fades gradually at its end while the following song gradually increases in volume; the result is a smoother transition, as needed by DJs and other users who put together and play their own playlists.

Step 1

Launch Windows Media Player by clicking "Start," then "All programs." Locate Windows Media Player in the list and click on it.

Step 2

Insert a blank CD into the optical drive on your computer.

Step 3

Open the playlist with the songs you want to burn on the CD.

Step 4

Click "View," and then select "Full mode." Click "Enhancements," and then "Crossfading and Auto Volume Leveling." Select "Crossfading;" then move the sliding control to the number of seconds during which two consecutive songs should overlap. Click "OK."

Step 5

Click the "Burn" tab, and then click "Start burn." Wait until the process completes. At that point, Windows Media Player will have burned the CD using crossfade.