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

CUE sheet file is a text file that contains time scores. The scores point to track (song) borders into a big audio file (.flac, .wav, .dsf, .dff, etc.).
 

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How to create CUE sheet file

CUE file creation

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

 

In any text editor, create a 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".

The file name doesn't contain a path. The only file name with extension is there.

example: "Jazz Man - First Album.flac"

File type refers to file codec type. As rule, it's ignored by software that processes the .cue file.

 

After it, tracks are followed 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 be absent.

As rule, for the first track, the pregap is a 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 a time score of the current track begin.

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

 

 

How to create a CUE file with multiple files?

 

 

A CUE file may refer to several audio files. You can look at Example 3.

Track numbers are sequential for all audio files.

The row, that begins from "FILE" word and points to the first audio file, is inserted before the first track.

The track should not be divided between the files.

The next row, that begins from "FILE" word and points to the second audio file, is inserted before first track inside the second file.

Time scores INDEX 01 point to the time relative beginning of the audio file that contains this audio track.

 

Example 3

 

REM DATE 2013
REM GENRE Rock, Pop
REM Produced by Rob Mathes, Sting
REM LABEL John Smith Records
REM CATALOG 2222222
REM COMMENT ripped by AuI ConverteR
PERFORMER "John Smith"
TITLE "The Album Title"
FILE "John Smith - Album side 1.wv" WAVE
  TRACK 01 AUDIO
    TITLE "Sleep"
    PERFORMER "John Smith"
    INDEX 01 00:00:00
  TRACK 02 AUDIO
    TITLE "Wake up"
    PERFORMER "John Smith"
    INDEX 01 03:50:00
  TRACK 03 AUDIO
    TITLE "Evening"
    PERFORMER "John Smith"
    INDEX 01 07:21:00
  TRACK 04 AUDIO
    TITLE "Something"
    PERFORMER "John Smith"
    INDEX 01 11:13:00
  TRACK 05 AUDIO
    TITLE "Ok"
    PERFORMER "John Smith"
    INDEX 01 14:31:00
  TRACK 06 AUDIO
    TITLE "Sound of morning"
    PERFORMER "John Smith"
    INDEX 01 18:01:00
FILE "John Smith - Album side 2.wv" WAVE
  TRACK 07 AUDIO
    TITLE "Day"
    PERFORMER "John Smith"
    INDEX 01 00:00:00
  TRACK 08 AUDIO
    TITLE "Night"
    PERFORMER "John Smith"
    INDEX 01 04:13:00
  TRACK 09 AUDIO
    TITLE "Wov"
    PERFORMER "John Smith"
    INDEX 01 09:27:00
  TRACK 10 AUDIO
    TITLE "Who is"
    PERFORMER "John Smith"
    INDEX 01 13:02:00
  TRACK 11 AUDIO
    TITLE "Yes"
    PERFORMER "John Smith"
    INDEX 01 16:43:00
  TRACK 12 AUDIO
    TITLE "Good"
    PERFORMER "John Smith"
    INDEX 01 20:50:00
 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the CUE file the same as an ISO?

No. An ISO file contains information. CUE-sheet file contains scores of blocks of information.

 

What are .CUE files used for?

CUE-sheet files are used to set reference points in an audio file. In instance, .cue can contain time positions of album track borders.

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What is cue file in FLAC?

FLAC file can contain CUE-sheet data with scores. They point to track begins into audio data inside the FLAC file.

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December 17, 2022 updated | since October 18, 2021