Your master file linked in the email you received is in DDP format which requires a special embedded DDP Player to open and listen to it. What is DDP? Think of it as a virtual image of a compact disc that can be easily transferred via Internet, here’s how it works:

Once you have downloaded the linked file above, it needs to be unzipped (Mac/OSX) or extracted (PC/Windows) . Double clicking the downloaded file is usually the simplest way to do this. Once the zip file is unzipped/extracted, a folder with the same name will appear . Within that folder will be a folder named “Player”. Navigate inside the “Player” folder and double-click either the HOFA DDP Player Mac OS-X , or HOFA DDP Player Windows PC.exe depending on what platform you’re using. Clicking the proper app will open up your master in the DDP Player.

If you’re getting an error while unzipping or extracting the zip file, it’s likely because the file hasn’t fully downloaded yet. Please wait until the zip file download completes before trying to open it, it could take a bit of time depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

Windows Users: Upon downloading the zip file, be sure to “save” the file to your computer (as opposed to the Open With… option), then navigate to the downloaded zip file and EXTRACT ALL FILES contained within the zip file. In the “Player” folder, you should see a HOFA DDP Player Windows PC.exe with the black and orange HOFA logo, clicking on it will launch your master in the HOFA DDP Player.

*Please be aware of the output level control within the DDP Player . Set it to full (0.0 dB) when comparing levels to other sources on your computer like iTunes or Windows Media Player. The output level control doesn’t affect exported files or burned CDs, it only controls playback level from the software. It’s recommended to set the output level to 0.0dB and control the listening level via your computer.

From the DDP Player software you can either listen to the master via your computer like a virtual CD player, burn a reference CD-R , or export each track as a 16-bit/44.1k WAV file to your hard disk . Exported WAV files can then be loaded into your iTunes library if needed, or the WAV files can be used for submitting your songs to digital distributors such as Tunecore and CD Baby or other digital distribution services. They will automatically be 16-bit/44.1k WAV files which is currently the standard for basic digital distribution and include all the meat data applied in the DDP.

**Most online distribution services require WAV files to start with, and they take care of converting the WAV files to various compressed formats. Always start with a true WAV file for digital distribution. Converting an mp3 file to WAV does not add the resolution or sound quality back that was lost in the mp3 conversion.

To save each track as a WAV file from the HOFA DDP Player, select “save all tracks as audio files” in the File menu of the DDP Player. You can also click the disk icons located along the left side of the DDP Player to export just one song, or all songs at one time using the icon at the bottom of the track list.

The reason for using the DDP Player is so that you can accurately listen to the master. Using the DDP Player eliminates the potential for accidentally creating any sound quality issues, or altering the spacing between songs which can easily happen when working with single WAV or mp3 files in iTunes or other software.

In most cases, a CD plant will replicate discs from this exact same DDP file, so what you’re hearing and seeing on this DDP (or any revised versions) is exactly what will be on your replicated CDs. Even if you are not pressing CDs, DDP is still one of the best ways to audition a master because the sound quality and space between tracks can’t be modified accidentally by the user.

HOFA DDP Player will display the track times, CD-Text, and ISRC codes (if applicable) as well as other artist and song info for the entire project .

Please note that iTunes will not automatically recognise the info for your burned CD until it is manually submitted to the Gracenote Database.