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Writing an audio CD as ISO image is a no-no: the closest you get is a .CUE file that links to either WAV files or a BIN/IMG image

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/10/10

Recently I had to create an Audio CD image to record it on a bunch of recordables to do some comparisons.

One of the things I learned is that you cannot create a CD ISO image file from a bunch of 44.1 Khz PCM encoded stereo audio WAV files.

The reason is that ISO images contain a file system, whereas audio CDs don’t (and contain their index in the sub-track data).

Since most CD software do not support the DDP format, the easiest way to go is .CUE/.BIN way:

  1. Create a .CUE file that refers to the .WAV files (for instance by using the ImgBurn  Tools -> Create CUE file option)
  2. Mount that .CUE file as a virtual audio CD using a virtual CD mounting tool like DAEMON tools
  3. Capture that .CUE/.BIN combo (some software uses .IMG instead of .BIN)
  4. Burn the .CUE/.BIN combo to physical CDs

Probably there are shorter steps (by shortcutting the mounting), but this worked fine for me.


A video showing the above steps:

One Response to “Writing an audio CD as ISO image is a no-no: the closest you get is a .CUE file that links to either WAV files or a BIN/IMG image”

  1. […] Still it doesn’t always recognise burn hardware so I usually revert to installing the latest ImgBurn (given my audio experience with it) […]

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