What Is a REDBOOK CD?

A Redbook CD is the music industry standard for digital audio CDs. RedBook is named after a series of books called the “Rainbow Books” which contain technical specifications for all CD and CD-ROM formats.

The general specs are as follows:
1) Max playing time is 79.8 minutes
2) max number of tracks is 99
3) Max number of index points is 99 with no max time limit
4) ISRC is included on the CD
5) Min duration of a track is 4 seconds
6) DAE 2-16 bit linear PCM at 44.1kh sample rate

It is recommended,┬ábut not necessary to have your CD encoded to the “RedBook” standard. Unless instructed we encode all of our CDs to the RedBook CD standard.

Contact Andrew Mitchell with any questions and/or comments:
andy@audiobaymastering.com