DDP MASTERING / DDP IMAGE

STANDARD IN THE DELIVERY OF MASTER DATA

Competent Partner

Stem mastering or audio restoration have been our core competencies since 2006.

International Representation

Active in well over 50 countries with over 1000 song productions per year.

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We are always available to answer your questions!

SUCCESSFUL COOPERATIONS WITH WELL-KNOWN ARTISTS

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When it comes to delivering audio data to the press shop, the creation and delivery of a DDP (Disc Description Protocol) offer several advantages over the conventional "master CD".

DDP MASTER FAQ

DDP stands for Disc Description Protocol and was developed or introduced by Doug Carson & Associates to facilitate the delivery of audio data to the pressing plant after mastering in order to avoid mistakes and to provide security for track order and CD text. This "security" is possible through the included CD text and the checksum, found in the DDP package or DDP images.

HOW IS A DDP CREATED?

The DDP image is created according to the Sony Red Book Standard , which means that the audio data must be available in 16-bit on a CD and have a sampling rate (sample rate) of 44.1 kHz. A song must be at least 4 seconds long, and a CD can contain a maximum of 99 tracks.

One advantage of DDP mastering is that there are no C2 and C3 errors during burning. These are often caused by bad burners or lasers, leading to tiny scratches on the CD that are not visible to the naked eye. Additionaly, transmitting a DDP image prevents unintentional opening and playback by managers, label executives or other fellow musicians, thus avoiding scratches on the CD or audio data during playback.

DISTRIBUTION OF AUDIO DATA ON THE DDP IMAGE

Since a total of 24 bits are available on an audio CD - 16 bits for the audio data with a 96 dB dynamic range and 8 bits for the subchannel, also known as the mantissa - it is possible to pack CD information, such as CD text, into the 8 bits.This includes, for example, the title, artist's name, ISRC code, EAN code, songwriter, arranger, genre, a space for a short message, and the pause times.

A DDP master is created using software, incorporating the audio data - your songs and the CD text.All audio files are imported into the DDP project, pause times are set, the sequence is determined, and the CD text along with all necessary information is added. Afterwards, the CD image is created. This usually includes a .DAT file, a checksum, and the individual tracks on the CD.

Typically, this DDP master is then zipped and sent to the press plant.

OUR MASTERING CUSTOMERS

Connie Conrad
5/5
I have been working with Chris for many years. His mastering stands out from other mastering studios because he feels the mood and musical style of the tracks, rather than focusing on extreme loudness in the loudness war. His sensitive mixing and mastering skills are rare to find on this planet!
Marco Matic
5/5

Top mixing and mastering studio! The boss, Chris, is super friendly and accommodated all my special requests... excellent results. I can highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of the music genre!

Frank Rest
5/5
Great work done in a short amount of time. Quick response time in communication, immediate assistance with questions. Excellent audio mastering, and a very fair price. I'll gladly work with Chris again on the next project. Everything went smoothly! Thank you very much, Chris!

IS YOUR MASTERING TECHNICALLY PERFECT?

In our free mix analysis you can find out whether all technical requirements are met.

DDP-IMAGE PRICES

Prices for mixing and mastering are always an important criterion when deciding on the right mixing or mastering studio, especially for artists with a limited budget. Therefore we tried to be as transparent as possible. We are happy to offer generous discounts for larger projects!

DDP-IMAGE CREATION COSTS

Creation of a DDP image for delivery to the press shop. Incl. CD Text.
60 per DDP
  • Creation of the DDP image including testing
  • 2 revision versions included.
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STEREO MASTERING COSTS

Our mastering guarantees a sound experience with a unique New York sound.
from 60 per song
  • Mastering of a stereo mixdown.
  • 2 revision versions included.

STEM MASTERING COSTS

Mastering of subgroups with analog sound. Quality increase of up to 30%!
from 40 per song
  • Mastering of a stereo mixdown.
  • 2 revision versions included.
* Stereo mastering = 1 stereo track. When uploading several group tracks, the stem mastering is booked automatically. ** at least 2 stems prices include VAT.

Your upload to Peak Studios

First select the type of processing and then the desired service. You can find a price overview on our website Prices page.

You can choose whether you want to upload your audio files directly or later . For the later upload you will receive a separate upload link after booking (no further data entry required). If you have any questions about data delivery or the production process, you can find all the information in our FAQ section. For cost estimates please use our Contact form.

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Chris Jones

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