Chapter 9

Step V

Delivery—Generate the Master

Once all audio is mastered and approved, tops and tails properly edited, and song spacings set, an original master is generated, or final file in the proper format and specifications for replication or archive. The Red Book Standard for CD audio—named for the color of the notebook used to document the original specifications—was established by the Philips and Sony corporations to ensure compatibility between player manufacturers in developing CD technology.1 In 1980, the standard was adopted, and in 1983, the CD revolution was in full swing. A Red Book CD Master has a lossless resolution of 44.1kHz—16bit and can be in one of three formats: plant master compact disc (PMCD), disc description protocol ...

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