I know nothing about sound engineering or sound software so I'm casting around in the dark here. For a non-professional performance, I need to create a CD of various songs. Each song will have to be cropped to a set time-limit, with a short fade out. So I'll be taking a song 3:22 in length, cutting it so I only have the first 1:15, and fade it out over the last 6 seconds or so. There won't be a sound person for the performance, just someone who will know at which point to play which track, otherwise we could rely on manual fades. I downloaded a trial copy of Sound Studio. Blindly messing around with it I have been able to take a CD file, copy it to my hard disk, crop that file to only the needed portion of the song, apply a fade at the end, then burn the new file to a CD. YAY! Only, when I compare the song with the original CD, the sound is not as clear. I'd love to have CD quality sound for this, but apparently Sound Studio won't allow that (or, more likely, I haven't figured out how). Can anyone walk me through the steps of getting CD quality sound out of the edited file? Or suggest another program that will give me high sound quality? If there's an easier way of doing this, I'm all ears. I'm not tied to any one method, I just need to get this done. Thanks for any suggestions.