DDP masters

If you are submitting your music as a DDP, please follow these instructions:

Uploading a CD/DVD Image file or RAW disc files to the factory

For an Audio CD project DDP Image files work the best, .iso files do not work for Audio CDs.

It is best to create an image file of your disc before uploading  iso and DDP image files are standard for cd/dvd data discs and dvd video discs, and may be created using most disc burning programs (.gi, .iso, .nrg .udi, .cue and .c2d are also image formats we can process).

Next:.please zip the image file or files to be uploaded, as this adds in a layer to insure file integrity during transmission and may decrease the transmission time.

Connect to FTP site using the following information.:

Host:  ftp.ads-cd.com

Email me for the username and password

 

Please email the following information to FTP@theadsgroupdifference.com, kristin@theadsgroupdifference, and dvt@crescentmusic.com

  • Name of the .iso image file you’re sending.
  • The expected source disc name after it’s written.
  • Reference Crescent Music Services, name of artist and title of project

Don’t send artwork files to this FTP folder.

Submitting tracks via the internet

Formats I can use to duplicate your CD:

  • MP3 Version 1, Level 3, save at 192 bit (this is CD quality)
  • WAV

Then ZIP the files, either individually or, if together, don’t let the zip file get more than about 50 MB large.

Upload the files – DO NOT EMAIL THEM

I will be notified via email that new files have been uploaded.

Send artwork files separately.

IMPORTANT! Name each file according to track number/sequence on finished disc:

Example:

Track 1 Here Comes the Sun or
01 Here Comes the Sun (notice the leading 0 that forces it to stay in order)

I WILL NOT CHECK YOUR TRACKS AGAINST YOUR ARTWORK!!!!

I cannot add ISRC codes – those must be encoded by a mastering engineer.

Inserting Track Info onto your Master

CD Extra – Interactive Music CD

CD Extra is an interactive music CD. It combines video and audio.

CD Text – Text Encoding

This is NOT the track info you see when you play a CD on a computer with iTunes or Windows Media Player.  (See Getting your CD track info to show up on computers)

The artist, CD title, track names, etc. are encoded onto a CD like a table of contents. It enables certain CD players to display text information such as artist, title, track names … etc. It can only be read in players that support CD text (usually in cars or multi-disc carousels) and usually have an LCD display which scrolls the song info while it is playing each track.

This is encoded into the master, and not each track, so if you submit individual tracks for duplication, the cd text encoding will not transfer with it.

Track Info for your Computer

When a music CD is inserted in a computer connected to the internet, the media player application goes online and retrieves the album, artist, track information, and even album cover a central database. This information is usually then stored on your computer. It is NOT encoded on your disc. [READ MORE]

IPR Form

Click here to download

Instructions included on page 2 in file.

This form is an interactive PDF, which means you can save it to your computer, fill it out, save it, print it. You will need Acrobat Reader 8 or higher. Reader can be downloaded for FREE at  http://www.adobe.com.

Completing the Fillable Form

  • Download the form using the link above. Your web browser may be configured with an Acrobat plug-in to automatically open the file within your browsers window upon download. To download the file directly to your computer or to a disk, right click on the link, then select “save link as” or “save target as” from the dropdown options. Make a note of the location on your drive and the name of the file being saved so you can locate it later.
  • open the file using Acrobat Reader.
  • Position the cursor inside a form field and click. The I-beam pointer allows you to type text. The arrow pointer allows you to select a field, a check box, a radio button, or an item from a list.
  • Enter your text and press Tab or use your mouse to click on the next form field.
  • SAVE AS – Name the file with your Artist name – project title – Release number – IPR form. (Example: “The Beatles – Abbey Road – AB220 – IPR Form”)

Handling a CD or DVD

We take CDs and DVDs for granted these days, throwing them on the desk, stuffing them 3 at a time into paper envelopes. But if we truly want these repositories of precious music and data to last, we need to handle them carefully. Here are a few points you may or may not know.

  • The data side (bottom) of the disc must remain free from scratches, fingerprints, dust, etc.
  • Cleaning the disc can actually damage it.
  • NEVER touch either surface.
  • Handle by the edges (or center hole).
  • NEVER set a disc down on a hard surface.
  • Return disc to its jewelcase to when done.
  • NEVER write on the data side of the disc. If you must write on a disc, write ONLY on the label side (top) and ONLY with an approved marking device such as felt-tip, non-toxic permanent ink — NEVER USE A BALLPOINT PEN!
  • Don’t let the bottom of the disc touch anything other than the player or the case it came in. I’m amazed at the scratched-up, greasy-fingerprinted premasters that I’ve seen.
  • Use quality media. Taiyo Yuden are considered the best in the industry.
  • NEVER leave an unprotected disc in direct sunlight – it will deteriorate the data. DO NOT expose to excessively hot and/or humid environments
  • Never clean in a rotary fashion. If it becomes necessary to clean the disc, use a soft, dry cloth, rubbing gently, always from the middle towards the outside. This will minimize errors if you accidentally scratch the surface (the data starts from the center in). We recommend a micro-fine cloth available from most optometrists for eye glasses.
  • Even slight bending of a disc can cause stress fractures. The aluminum then becomes deformed, causing some ridges to be blocked. As a consequence, error correction always has to be applied in that area, affecting the final sound.