Audio Mastering to Red Book Specifications

on Thursday, 24 October 2013.

Audio mastering is an important aspect that has to be handled very carefully if you want your CDs to play without encountering any difficulty on all CD players. To make this happen, it is important that your master CD complies with all the Red Book specifications.

The Red Book specifications have been introduced by Philips and are comprised of specific standards that have been formulated to guide musicians about how they should go about burning their master CDs. If these standards are met by the musicians, the process of duplication becomes easier, plus the CD becomes compatible with any CD player the consumer has at its disposal.

The following are some of the standards that make up the Red Book specifications.

Duration of the Audio

The duration of the audio is an important standard that has to be met by the musicians if they want their duplicated CDs to playback reliably on any CD player.

  • The duration of the audio should not exceed 74 min and 44 seconds
  • To follow this standard it is best that a premaster CD is created before a master CD.

Usually a CD-R can record up to 80 minutes of audio, but according to the Red Book specification one should never record audio of more than 74 minutes and 44 seconds on a CD-R or it will cause problems when the disc is duplicated and replicated.

Importance of Premastering

Before moving forward with the audio mastering process, it is best that you create a premaster copy of your CD, which complies with the Red Book specifications.
It can entail the following benefits for you.

  • Any mistakes and errors can be identified and removed in this phase.
  • The PQ codes that are necessary for Red Book compliance can be easily programmed during premastering.

Premastering is the stage before a master CD is burnt and sent for duplication or replication. It can help musicians in following the Red Book specifications which will eventually benefit them when making their master CD, as it will automatically be in line with all the standards just like the premaster copy.

If you are finding it difficult to follow the Red Book standards during the audio mastering process then you can contact the experts at MaxDuplication at 020-8492-3723 and ask for their advice. They will guide you in the right direction.