DDP Mastering

DDP Mastering


A DDP (digital description protocol) is a format used by most disc replication plants to create copies of an album. The DDP is typically created by the mastering engineer and it is the final step in the audio production chain before it’s sent off to be replicated and distributed.

In addition to the audio itself, all of the relevant data is included to ensure an album is copied onto a disc without any issue. The DDP is made up of typically four files: the Audio Image (.DAT file), DDP Identifier (DDPID), DDP Stream Descriptor (DDPMS), and a Subcode Descriptor (PQDESCR). Some engineers also include a text file which gives the titles and timings for the tracks.





What I Need to Make a DDP File.

Want to create a  DDP File? Awesome!, Before we get started we need a bit of information from you before we can proceed. This information includes:

  • Album Title.
  • Tracklist/Track Names.
  • Performer/Artist Name, Songwriter Name, Composer Name, Arranger Name (typically all the same person)
  • Individual Track ISRC Codes (see how to get ISRC codes)
  • Album UPC or EAN Code (see how do I get a UPC code)
  • Genre of music
  • Messages or notes you have for me (how tracks should flow into each other, space between tracks, etc.)

DDP Info Template.

Download (right-click and save as), fill out the template, then send it back to me with any additional notes If necessary. 

Compound Audio DDP info Template (Excel File)

Compound Audio DDP info Template (Text File)



Additional information

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