One Final Mastering Question For Creating a CD

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by hunter07, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. hunter07

    hunter07 Active Member

    Nov 19, 2011
    Technically it's 3 questions regarding CD Architect 5.2 which I'm using:

    1 - Track Vs. Index

    I set the cursor at the spaces where I wanted CD players to recognize where a new track is to begin using the "insert CD track" command under the "Insert" menu. What's the difference between "insert CD track" and "insert CD index"? Should I be using them both at the same spots on top of one another?

    2 - Copyright

    For the "project properties" under the file menu and specifically the "summary" tab where I input the CD's title and artist data, there's a section for "copyright". Do I just put a standard "copyright 2011 band name" or is there a specific code I need to put here for a legitimate copyright? This is for my own band... not sure if I needed to copyright our material or what the deal with all of that is so any insight would be appreciated as I'm clueless here.

    3 - CDP Files?

    I see that CD Architect saves projects as CDP files. How can I make this into a DDP? It seems to me that I have all of my data that I need on my disc setup and the sequencing is all set... do I need to shell out hundreds of dollars literally just to create a specific type of file which CD replication plants work with? Am I missing something here or is there a difference between the .CDP of the file I've created and a DDP?

    Thanks so much and sorry to hijack this forum but hopefully someone else can benefit from my questions besides me!
  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    (1) A track marker is its own index. Unless you're adding additional index points, you won't need them.

    (2) Almost never used, even in CD-TEXT data. You can put "2011 - BAND NAME" in there if you want.

    (3) You need something that will create DDP files. WaveLab 7 is a pop-pick. .CDP is just a "CD Project" file. It has nothing to do with the creation of the CD (and certainly nothing to do with creating a DDP).

    You can send the plant an audio CD-R... They don't need a DDP (although it's the preferred method).

    CD Architect 5.2? Isn't that from like 1998?

    Anyway -- I don't mean to sound "dire" here (as I'm apt to do occasionally) but I would really, REALLY recommend sending your project out to someone who can confirm everything. If you aren't 100% absolutely certain that you are 100% in spec and your disc isn't 100% "proper" (for lack of a better term), it isn't worth the potential trouble. I don't even remember if CDA5.2 (I was a user some years ago) even had a default (and probably hidden) or manual and visible pregap. If you don't *KNOW* this, that's going to be a problem right from the start.
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    No, CD Architect 5.2 is only a couple of years old. And I've been using it since its inception. Though I don't use it anymore I prefer utilizing my Vegas for what it can do in and above CD Architect.

    There is a checkbox for copyright. The checkbox includes a data flag that when stuck into a computer for ripping will indicate that the CD is copywritten. The input box merely lets you label who the copywritten item is by. And even with the copyright checkbox, it doesn't include any kind of antipiracy included with that. But by doing that, it may also provide song & album art if that is included in a national database when folks rip the songs and reports back to the Internet for information & automatically applies that information to the ripped tracks automatically. And if it's not in the national database as information, it will just indicate " track 1, track 2, etc.. And no album art.

    You still have to space your tracks start codes with .5-1 seconds of leader before the sound starts. You don't want to put those start codes directly at the beginning of the sound as it will end up " up cut " when played back in standard CD players & computers. So as a precautionary measure, before you send it away for any kind of replication, you'll want to play that CD on numerous different CD players to ensure nothing is up cut. Professional CD analysis hardware can be hugely expensive. So, for the average home studio/user, you just have to make sure you have good compatibility with a wide range of players. The analyzers also ensure that no data has been dropped which may or may not be audible when you drop a single bit here and there. But that's never imposed a problem for my stuff since I follow the above procedure myself. And when I do ship to a replication house I usually include more than a single CD since many replication firms have those analyzers.

    I frequently also contemplate my bellybutton
    Mx. Remy Ann David

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