CUE file [CUE sheet. How to create? Syntax]
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CUE file [CUE sheet. How to create? Syntax]

CUE sheet file is a text file that contains time scores. Together with a big audio file (.flac, .wav, .dsf, .dff, etc.) it can point to track (song) borders into the sound file.

How to create CUE sheet file

CUE file creation

Read how to create .cue sheet file with time scores.

 

In any text editor create text file with .cue. In the text editor, it's recommended to set UTF-8 encoding for the file.

 

At the text file begin, insert:

REM GENRE <album genre>
REM DATE <album year>
PERFORMER "<album performer>"
TITLE "<album title>"
FILE "<file name>" <file type>

For PERFORMER and TITLE use quotes. In instance: PERFORMER "Jazz Man".

File name doesn't contain path. Only file name with extension (example: "Jazz Man - First Album.flac").

File type refer to file codec type. As rule, its ignored by software that process the .cue file.

 

After it are inserted tracks sequentially:

<tab>TRACK <track number> AUDIO
<tab><tab>TITLE "<track title>"
<tab><tab>PERFORMER "<track performer>"
<tab><tab>INDEX 00 <time code of pregap time position>
<tab><tab>INDEX 01 <time code of track begin time>

<tab> - is tabulation symbol '\t' or 4 space symbols '    '.

Pregap (INDEX 00) may absent.

As rule, for the first track the pregap is pause before the track.

For second and higher tracks the pregap points to the end of the previous track.

    INDEX 00 00:00:00
    INDEX 01 00:02:00

    INDEX 00 03:15:00
    INDEX 01 03:17:00

 

INDEX 01 is track begin time score.

Time code XX.YY.ZZ, where

XX - minutes;

YY - seconds;

ZZ - frames (0 ... 74). 1 frame = 1/75 second.


 

Examples

Example 1

REM GENRE Classical
REM DATE 2021
PERFORMER "Jazzman"
TITLE "First Album"
FILE "Jazzman - First Album.flac" FLAC
  TRACK 01 AUDIO
    TITLE "First track"
    PERFORMER "Jazzman"
    INDEX 01 00:00:00
  TRACK 02 AUDIO
    TITLE "Second Track"
    PERFORMER "Jazzman"
    INDEX 01 03:15:00
  TRACK 03 AUDIO
    TITLE "Third Track"
    PERFORMER "Jazzman"
    INDEX 01 06:42:00

Track 1 starts in 00:00:00 and ends in 03:15:00. No pauses between tracks.

 

Example 2

REM GENRE Classical
REM DATE 2021
PERFORMER "Jazzman"
TITLE "First Album"
FILE "Jazzman - First Album.flac" FLAC
  TRACK 01 AUDIO
    TITLE "First track"
    PERFORMER "Jazzman"
    INDEX 00 00:00:00
    INDEX 01 00:02:00
  TRACK 02 AUDIO
    TITLE "Second Track"
    PERFORMER "Jazzman"
    INDEX 00 03:15:00
    INDEX 01 03:17:00
  TRACK 03 AUDIO
    TITLE "Third Track"
    PERFORMER "Jazzman"
    INDEX 00 06:42:00
    INDEX 01 06:44:00

INDEX 00 is pregap (or end of the previous track).

Track 1 starts in 00:02:00 and ends in 03:15:00. Next 2-second pause between tracks. Track 2 starts 03:17:00 and ends 06:42:00.

 

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August 9, 2022 updated | since October 18, 2021

 
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