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Disc Description Protocol

Disc Description Protocol (DDP) is a format for specifying the content of optical discs, including CDs and DVDs.

DDP is commonly used for delivery of disc premasters for duplication. DDP is a proprietary format and is the property of DCA. The file format specification is not freely available.

The DDP must contain 4 parts:[1]

  1. Audio image(s) (.DAT file(s))
  2. DDP Identifier (DDPID)
  3. DDP Stream descriptor (DDPMS)
  4. Subcode descriptor (PQDESCR)

An optional text file can also be included, this will contain the track titles and timings.



  • Magix Sequoia
  • earlier versions of Magix Samplitude with optional DDP add-on (now discontinued)
  • Merging Pyramix
  • Steinberg Wavelab w/ Cubetec DDP add-on
  • Sonoris DDP Creator (least expensive PC solution out there)
  • Gear Pro Mastering
  • Eclipse Image Encoder
  • DCA Viper


  • Sonic Studios SoundBlade and PMCD
  • Sonic Solutions HD (discontinued)
  • Bias Peak Pro 6 with optional DDP add-on
  • Audiofile Engineering Wave Editor (least expensive of any solution)


  1. ^ Francis Rumsey, Desktop Audio Technology, 2004, Focal Press

List of Software that is capable of DDP export: Adobe Premiere, Apple WaveBurner, Audiofile Engineering Triumph, DVDAfterEdit ME, Magix Sequoia, Merging Pyramix, Reaper, SADiE, Sony Bluprint, Sony Vegas Pro, Steinberg WaveLab

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