Extract CD tracks with the Extract Audio From CD command

The Extract Audio From CD command is faster and provides more control, including the ability to optimize drive speed and rename tracks.

  1. Place an audio CD in the computer’s CD‑ROM drive.
  2. Choose File > Extract Audio From CD.
  3. For Drive, choose the drive that contains the audio CD.
  4. For Speed, choose from all the extraction speeds that the selected drive supports. The Maximum Speed option usually produces satisfactory results, but if it produces errors, specify a slower speed.
  5. Do any of the following:
    • To preview a track, click its Play button.
    • To include or exclude tracks, click the checkboxes to the left of track numbers, or click Toggle All.
    • To rename a track, double-click it.
  6. Audition CC only: Enable Extract to Single File to create a single file that contains all selected tracks.

Configure track information and CD databases  

In the center of the Extract Audio From CD dialog box, Artist, Album, Genre, and Year information is drawn from the specified CD database by default. To adjust these entries, do any of the following:

  • To customize information, overwrite current entries.
  • To insert original information from the database, click the Retrieve Titles icon .
  • If a message indicates multiple matching records, click the arrows to insert different database records.
  • To specify a different database and file naming convention, click the Title Settings icon . For details about each Title Settings option, position the mouse over it until a tool tip appears.

Note: If multiple Artist entries are detected, Audition automatically selects the Compilation option. In the Title Settings dialog box, enter a Separator For Compilations character to separate Artist and Track Title for each track.

Extract CD tracks with the Open command (Mac OS)


This extraction method can greatly degrade Audition performance. The Extract Audio From CD command is usually a better choice.

The Open command lets you extract tracks in AIFF format but requires Audition to continue reading audio data from CD, slowing importing and editing.

  1. Place an audio CD in the computer’s CD‑ROM drive.
  2. Choose File > Open.
  3. Choose QuickTime as the file type, and navigate to the CD‑ROM drive.
  4. Select the tracks you want to extract, and click Open.

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