Disc Description Protocol

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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.[1] The file format specification is not freely available.

The DDP must contain 4 parts:[2]

  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.


Windows PC:

  • Adobe Encore
  • Cockos Reaper
  • DCA Viper
  • Eclipse Image Encoder
  • Gear Pro Mastering
  • HOFA CD Burn & DDP
  • Magix Samplitude, earlier versions with optional DDP add-on (now discontinued)
  • Magix Sequoia
  • Merging Pyramix
  • PreSonus Studio One Professional
  • SADiE
  • Sonoris DDP Creator
  • Steinberg Wavelab


  • Adobe Encore×
  • Apple Waveburner (discontinued)
  • Audiofile Engineering Triumph (previously Wave Editor)
  • Audiofile Triumph
  • Bias Peak Pro 6 with optional DDP add-on (discontinued)
  • Cockos Reaper
  • DSP-Quattro
  • HOFA CD Burn & DDP
  • PreSonus Studio One Professional
  • Rivergate DVDAfterEdit ME (discontinued)
  • Sonic Solutions HD (discontinued)
  • Sonic Studio soundBlade and PMCD
  • Sonoris DDP Creator for Mac
  • Steinberg Wavelab


  1. ^ "Disc Description Protocol". Retrieved March 4, 2019. DDP was invented by Doug Carson and DCA ... and continues to be licensed and kept current by DCA. ... DDP® is a registered trademark of Doug Carson & Associates, Inc. and is protected by U.S. Copyright. Disc Description Protocol and the DDP Logo are trademarks of DCA, Inc.
  2. ^ Francis Rumsey, Desktop Audio Technology, 2004, Focal Press