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What is DDP master or DDP image and why do you need it?

The DDP master is a standardized digital audio format for delivering “masters” that are ready to be replicated and manufactured into CDs, vinyl records or cassettes. DDP stands for Disc Description Protocol. The file set consists of wave (.wav) files that contain the audio waveform as well as metadata. This metadata includes information about the track such as title, artist, producer and duration. The DDP master is also known as the DDP image.

How to create a DDP image

To create a DDP image, you need to have a program such as Sonoris, Reaper that can export CD layout with CD-Text and track information in an industry standard format (.CDF) and common digital audio file formats (WAV or AIFF).

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Do I need the CD-Text on the DDP image?

While CD-Text is optional, if you want your song titles to display on CD players, then CD-Text (metadata) must be included in the DDP master.

How to play a DDP image?

To play a DDP image requires specialized software such as Hofa DDP Player. It allows you to easily burn your DDP image onto CD, as well as listen to it directly from the software.