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DVD-Audio is a good medium to archive music, considering that a dual layer DVD-A disc holds 8.5GB of data, to store over 12 hours of CD quality music. DVD-Audio Solo provides the entire chain to archive audio on DVD-Audio discs and extract it back. The whole process is lossless, that is there is no loss of information from the imported tracks to the extracted tracks. The archived music can be played back at a moment's notice on any DVD-Audio capable player or PC.

 

HD-Audio Solo and DVD-Audio Solo uses regular DVD blank discs, as used to burn DVD-Video, which are now very cost effective and reliable. Although recorded DVD should not be expected to last forever, they are considered to be as reliable as magnetic tapes, and should last between 20 years and 100 years if handled with reasonable care. Following are two links on the subject : PADI, NIST.

 

If you are particularly concerned about the life span, you can use archival grade DVD blanks like the Verbatim UltraLife Gold Archival or TDK ScratchProof blanks. Generally, you should use high quality DVD blanks, see digitalfaq.com link for advice.

The steps to archive music on a DVD-Audio disc and extract it back :

 

Archive

Step 1 : Follow the general procedure to author with DVD-Audio Solo

Extract

Step 2 : Expand the icon of the DVD drive holding the disc you want to transfer to the PC

Step 3 : Drag & Drop the expanded DVD drive icon to the Project view

Step 4 : Proceed to rip the tracks of the DVD-Audio disc as you would for a CD disc

Step 2 : to extract back the audio from the DVD-Audio disc, expand the icon of the DVD drive holding the disc you want to transfer to the PC by clicking on its associated + icon as follows. If this is a valid DVD-Audio disk, you will see a message "Scanning DVD-Audio disc ... done" in the Status view :

Step 3 : then Drag & Drop the expanded DVD drive icon to the Project view. This will expand the content of the DVD-Audio disc in the groups, as follows :

Step 4 : then proceed to rip the tracks of the DVD-Audio disc as you would for a CD disc, explained here.

Step 1 : Follow the general procedure to author with DVD-Audio Solo, e.g. as illustrated here. Before writing to disc, make sure to uncheck the "Optimize for gapless inter-track" selection in the DVD / Disc panel, as illustrated below.

Useful tips

 

You can always rip the archived tracks back to files that are exact bit for bit copies of the input files.

 

A DVD-Audio disc is both an archival media and a play media.

 

Wen authoring DVD-Audio discs for archival purpose, it is extremely important to choose quality blank media. Stick to known brands like Verbatim, Fuji, Sony, ... Do Internet search for reports on the brands/types that you are considering.

 

Hard disk drives are prone to failures. With common disk capacities now approaching 500GB, losing a disk can be catastrophic. It is a good practice to backup such disks to other media like DVD discs.

 

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