[Ardour-Users] Track Cue List, "Red Book" CD Mastering, and CD burning

Bill Sack bsack23 at gmail.com
Fri May 18 04:29:42 PDT 2012

i do this once a week or so at my job (on a mac, but same procedure as i'd
use on a linux machine). you can do all the preparatory stuff in ardour,
make a .toc file while you're exporting the audio, and then use cdrdao from
the command line to burn the CD.

procedure is more or less this (in ardour2, anyway - haven't done enough of
this in a3 yet):

edit start and end points of session - move beginning of music to 2" on the
add markers at the beginning of each song - make sure first one is at 2"
open 'locations' window and make regions by hitting 'add new region' and
using the markers you added above as a guide
click the 'cd' box on each region's line in the locations window
export the session, but first select 'TOC' on the 'CD Marker File Type'

then burn a cd on cdrdao with a command like
> cdrdao write export.toc
it can be that easy. cdrdao might be able to find your cd-burner

i used to use a little gui program called 'gcdmaster' to do the burning,
but i don't know whether it's still being maintained or not. it's not
necessary for the procedure above.

good luck!


On Fri, May 18, 2012 at 2:01 AM, Kevin Cosgrove <kevinc at cosgroves.us> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I need to master an audio CD of a live concert.  I'm doing the
> mixing in Ardour, and that's going just fine.  But, I have
> questions for some upcoming steps.
>  - In the export section of Ardour (I'm using 2.8) I've seen
>    stuff about exporting CD markers, or something to that
>    effect.  How is that used?
>  - I need to burn a CD that's got song markers, but no gaps
>    because that sounds strange (to me) in a live show.  Is
>    that controlled by Ardour, or the burning program, or
>    both?  How?
>  - What Linux CD burning program(s) can make use of the CD cue
>    info exported by Ardour?
>  - I need to make my master CD conform to "Red Book" standard.
>    What Linux CD burning program(s) will do that?  One thing I'm
>    told about "Red Book" standard, for instance, is that track
>    one starts at -2.0 seconds, with the audio beginning at 0.0
>    seconds.
> I don't have to do as many steps in Ardour as I've indicated.  It
> would be nice to use as few tools as needed.  If another program
> between Ardour and CD burning, e.g. Audacity, makes the overall
> job easier, that's fine by me.
> Any advice people?
> Thanks...
> --
> Kevin
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