How to Make a CDG

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Things You'll Need

  • CDG file library
  • CDG-burning software
  • Computer with CDG-compatible CD drive
  • Blank CD

CDG, also referred to as CD+G, stands for "CD plus graphics." A CDG essentially plays an image over the top of music so there is something to watch while music plays. This technology is used primarily for making karaoke discs, which display the words to the song as the music is played without vocals. You can download CDG files from the Internet or use software to rip CDG tracks from other discs to make a custom CDG disc with the songs you want.

Save your CDG song files onto your computer’s hard drive. Each song will contain an MP3 file with the music and an MCG file with the graphics. Note that the files you gather should have corresponding names. For example, if you have song12345.mp3, it should be accompanied by song12345.mcg.

Open your CDG software and select the tracks that you want to appear on the CDG.

Encode the songs as BIN files, essentially merging the individual files of the song into a single track file, which will be *.bin.

Place a blank CD into your CDG-compatible CD drive and burn your CD (see Resources).

Put the disc into your CDG player and play the disc from start to finish to ensure that there are no errors.


  • Many websites charge as much as $10 per track to download CDG titles into your library, but you can find locations that offer free downloads. You can use software, such as Microstudio, to rip the files from your existing CDG discs.