MASSIVE DDP -- DDP / CUE PLAYER
& DDP-TO-CD AUTHORING SOFTWARE
Offering DDP as a delivery solution (the ONLY delivery solution for many) is nothing new -- The ability of the average client to utilize DDP to its fullest potential
was another story -- Until now…
DDP (Disc Description Protocol) File sets are the preferred delivery format of most replication plants. The big problem with DDP delivery to the client
has always been that the typical mastering client, even most recordings studios, had no way of being able to audition the file. The accepted solution, still in practice, was to supply the client with a production master disc that could be played on any CD player. That disc would be auditioned by the client and then sent to the plant - and/or the client would simply have to trust that the DDP being sent to the plant was the same audio and data presented on their reference CD-R.
The fact that all CD's inherently contain a varying amount of errors, along with the physical issues and limitations (smudges, scratches, age, UV damage, etc.) doesn't disqualify it as a valid delivery format -- But the fact that DDP is not at all susceptible to these errors and limitations has always made it a superior choice. And the added benefit of being able to be sent electronically to the client - and the plant - saves time, money and materials for everyone involved. Gone are the days of DDP being delivered physically on 8mm Exabyte tape - Now, a simple ZIP'd folder, delivered via FTP, is standard.
The upsides are many - The downsides are none. Still, as DDP load back was basically out of reach to the typical client without dropping a good amount of cash, a solution that would make DDP and CUE files the norm as a delivery format from the mastering facility wasn't in the cards.
The ideal solution should do several things: It should allow the client to audition a DDP or CUE "in place" just as it would be auditioned at the mastering facility or the pressing plant. It should allow the client to author a disc from DDP or CUE files for audition purposes or short-run duplication (or even as a production master for professional replication). It would need to read and export all primary PQ data -- CD TEXT, ISRC codes, etc. And above all else, it should do these things while having *zero* impact on the fidelity of the audio.
That solution is here at MASSIVE Mastering - And it does all these things and more.
MASSIVE Mastering is excited to present exclusively to our clients, MASSIVE DDP
by Sonoris Audio Engineering.
MASSIVE DDP allows you to:
- Audition DDP (Disc Description Protocol) files before you send them to the plant.
- Play .CUE files from a master PCM file.
- Check all relevant PQ information (CD TEXT, ISRC codes, etc., etc.).
- Export a valid PQ log from a DDP or CUE file.
- Actually CREATE YOUR OWN reference discs, directly from the DDP or CUE file.
- Create your own MASTER discs for short-run duplication - PQ log and all.
- Locally save individual PCM (.wav, .aif) files from a DDP image or CUE file (including ISRC codes).
- Export to MP3 and AAC
All this and more in a simple-to-use, low-profile, stand-alone application for your PC or MAC, included in LP packages at no charge to our clients.
Save money, save time, all while using the superior delivery format. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOUR PROJECT?
If you've not used DDP or CUE files before as a delivery format, here's how using MASSIVE DDP can benefit your project: