What you need to Comiket – Music Guide for TTA and TAK files! [Orange Farm Archive]


Before we starting posting what we find, you need to know how to play it.  This quick-start guide is going to describe how to play .tak and .tta files as well as describe how to edit those .cue files.  It’s basically everything you need to play those comiket files you get, as well as high quality music files.

Japan is very pick and very advanced with their files.  You’ll need foobar2k before you start anything.

UPDATE 2/11/10: If you’re looking at this guide for use of TTA files for foobar2k v1.0 you’ll need this rather than the below linked.


Listen up!

A lot of the fanmade CD’s released at Comiket will be uploaded as either a tta or tak file.  In addition to that they will have a cue or bin file which looks like a standard ISO.  Well here’s how it works.  Essentially the cue file is a point to the tak or tta file which is a loseless quality version of the CD.  The cue file points to all the tracks in that file.  However, automatic cue generators don’t see .tak or .tta files right off the bat, so it’s listed as a wav.  Japanese uploaders are far too lazy to change it before uploading.

So you have foobar, and the file, but it doesn’t work.  Here’s the first thing you need to do.

When you get your file you have to open the cue file in notepad.  Change the .wav to the file type extension of the actual audio file.  It’s usually either .tta or .tak.  You won’t have to look too hard, the cue file will be some header code with the tracks and that’s about it.  There will only be one reference.  Only change the file extension.  After that make sure they’re in the same folder.


But it still won’t play!

That brings us to the next step.  The higher quality files can only be played in foobar2000.  Foobar 2000 can play just about every audio file ever made and isn’t very resource intensive.  Also, it has a built in converter assuming you have the correct DLLS (.mp3 uses the lame encoder dll, for example).  It keeps track of your playlists like tabs in firefox is overall accepted as the standard for high quality music playing.  Get it from their main site.

But why bother with mp3 when you can have flac, tta, or tak files?  You don’t.  You can play right from the tak file or tta file.  (Flac files will load in foobar like normal mp3 files, just really high quality.)  You need this plugin for tak or this one for tta.  After you get that, keep the dll files in the main folder except what’s listed in the component folder.  Copy and paste the plugin files from the zipped component folder to your component folder.  You still need the other files in your main directory.

Finally, you need to drag and drop your edited cue file into your playlist.  It will seperate all the tracks for you, even though the CD is one file so you can mix as you please, at the highest quality.

So final overview:

1) Get your files with a cue and tta/tak file.

2) Download and install Foobar

3) Download and install both plugins.

4) Edit the .cue file with notepad for the corresponding file extension pointer.  Either .tta or .tak.

5) Load up the cue/bin in your foobar playlist and enjoy.

6) ???

7) Profit

Obviously MP3s and FLACs you can just load up no problem.



16 Responses to “What you need to Comiket – Music Guide for TTA and TAK files! [Orange Farm Archive]”

  1. August 19, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Hey. Just letting you know that the TTA plugin you’re linking to won’t work with newer versions of FB2k. You can find that here: http://www.saunalahti.fi/cse/foobar2000/

  2. 2 tetradavid
    August 20, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    thanks, you saved me ! And you made 90GB+ music playable :D

  3. 3 komidol
    September 11, 2009 at 6:14 AM

    Thanks, Lag-sama~ Mine’s I believe.

  4. 4 Kimmikofu
    September 15, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    I downloaded a CD image file and it only has the following files..


    I cannot find the .Wav part to edit at all. Any suggestions? I’ve been trying to figure this out for ages, I feel like an idiot.. Lol.

  5. 5 zarquon
    December 31, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Thank you so much for this little guide ! Now I can play all my Mohicansandbag tracks ! <3

  6. July 30, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Thanks for updating your link : ) My Foobar plays the .tta file now, although it’s a giant 40+ minute song : p

  7. 7 Darklitearch
    November 22, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    I tried changing my CUE file from .wav” WAVE to .tak, but the cuesheet still cant be opened by foobar, saying it cant be recognised, while the actual TAK file can be opened by foobar. What should be the exact extension, like for example, wav files are normally, “.wav” WAVE?

  8. 8 choco
    December 9, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    –@Darklitearch: Make sure ur TAK file and CUE file are in the same folder. Then change .wav to .tak as said above. And also, if by any chance u saved ur CUE with unicode, ‘SAVE AS’ it back to ASCII; else foobar wont ‘understand’ the CUE.
    Good Luck.

  9. 9 jeremy
    January 15, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    hey there,

    when I tried this, I get the following error code:

    Unable to open item for playback (TAK decoder is in error state):
    “C:\Users\Jeremy\Desktop\TOCT-27010\TOCT-27010.cue” / index: 24

    I am using a Windows 7 64bit machine. Is there a newer TAK plugin for this type of system?

    I can see the track names, and the cue file lists .tak as in your instructions.

    Just wondering if you had seen this problem before. This is all new to me.


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