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Chapter 15.  Mixdown and Mastering  >  Creating an Audio Compact Disc

Creating an Audio Compact Disc

Creating your CD is often one of the last things you do before having people outside of your studio environment listen to your music. After you create an audio mixdown of your MIDI and audio tracks as a premaster file (in whatever format you used to do so), master one or more tracks as discussed earlier, save your files and convert them into a compact disc compatible format, you are ready to create a compact disc.

Cubase does not offer any tools to actually burn (record) a CD. But Steinberg offers one solution through Wavelab. This is by no means the only tool available. If you purchased a CD recorder, it might have come with a CD recording application. One thing is certain: You need software capable of creating a CD-DA compatible disc (Compact Disc Digital Audio). This brings us to formats. When creating CDs, the two most common types of CDs are CD-ROM and CD-DA. CD-ROMs contain data suitable for your computer. CD-DA contains audio that is suitable for both your computer and CD player. There are two variations of this: the Enhanced CD and the Mixed Mode CD, which are available in some software and some CD recorders. The Enhanced CD is a multisession CD, containing a series of CD-DA compatible tracks in the first session, making it compatible with your home CD player, and a second session containing data, which is read by computers only. In Mixed Mode, it’s the reverse: The data tracks are at the beginning and the audio tracks follow. This usually means that your CD player will not read it. This type of CD is used for multimedia content, such as games, or educational, or multimedia sales presentations. In light of this, understand that you need to select the proper type of CD when creating a CD within the software application. There are a few rules to follow if you want your CD to play back in any CD player.


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