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Arthur Vandelay

Mount .sd2f to desktop

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Does anyone else have a problem with MOUNTING a disk image (.sd2f file) to the desktop? It is a selection in the UTILITIES menu but Toast 16 is unable to mount an image.  

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I brought this up as an inquiry to technical support and they informed me that Toast no longer supports the .sd2f file format.

I cannot understand this because the default output when saving a disk image in Toast 16 is .sd2f.  If this is indeed the case, shouldn't the application save CD audio discs to an alternate image file?
 

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According to old posts in the forums, I think you have to go back to at least an earlier release of Toast 11 (2011), before 11.1 even, to get that capability. Maybe even with a matching older version of Mac OS X (10.6/10.7). I’m sure the old thread on the change is still in the archives here somewhere. A variety of audio apps can still open .Sd2f as one long track, though. iTunes will open it as one long track. Toast can read it back as an Audio CD with separate tracks. Sound Designer was from Avid, so maybe Pro Tools can handle it, too?

While it is now not supposed to work on this type of file, menu Utilities>Mount Disc Image>Foo.S2df  did just open as a mounted volume for me, with my test file. [macOS 10.12.6] Huh, now I’m stumped. More testing is needed.

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20 hours ago, Arthur Vandelay said:

also cannot understand why the default file type when saving a disc image is .sd2f.

Audio CD is a bit special, as the disc does not have a file system. There’s ‘tracks’ and ‘subchannels’, but no directory or files. 
You could save as Bin/Cue, but I don’t think that would be any better for your needs.
Another image format for Audio CD is DDP (Disc Description Protocol), which is what the professionals use for replication. 

20 hours ago, Arthur Vandelay said:

Any suggestions on how I can assemble flac files from services like PledgeMusic, have it verified by CDDB (or similar service) and saved as an image that can be mounted to the desktop as a playable CD? 

Why would you want a virtual Audio CD, when you seem to want a playlist for a software player? iTunes could serve that purpose, even in lossless format (not flac, tho'). There are automated batch taggers e.g. XLD or MusicBrainz Picard that you could try.

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This does help greatly.  Because I am also running 10.12.6 and I get the error message when doing the same thing (Mount Disc Image).  I believe this narrows it down to something local on my system rather than the Toast 16 application.  I've tried a new install going back to version 11 as well and got the same message.  I tried the install on a separate Mac which has never had Toast installed and got the same error message so I started to wonder . . . also cannot understand why the default file type when saving a disc image is .sd2f.  Cannot figure this thing out!

Any suggestions on how I can assemble flac files from services like PledgeMusic, have it verified by CDDB (or similar service) and saved as an image that can be mounted to the desktop as a playable CD? 

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I catalog my music using an application named Music Collector and it scans an inserted (or desktop mounted) disc to enter the pertinent information into a database.  I have a number of older .sd2f files that I need to catalog.  I can also enter it by title, but it is so much more efficient if it can be mounted.  So it's more that I am trying to cut some corners!

Since you have been able to mount an image to the desktop in 10.12.6, then I may attempt to clean install Sierra to see where the problem lies.  I have used XLD but not Picard, so I will try that as well.  Thank you very much for the information!

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