Usually rather more complicated (and complicatING) for an application. I do serious duplication, and use Padus DiscJuggler for this. A bit pricy, but it's a real app designed specifically for that function.
What WOULD be useful, and easy to implement, would be for CDA to be able to save as a CDI image, so that one can duplicate direct from a 'perfect image' rather than having to write a CD (with errors) then read it back in (with errors ) to duplicate from.
Not the same as saving as a big WAV and a cue-sheet.
"Nero can't do graphical editing, crossfadewe curves, DX plugins per event or overall, blaa, blaa, blaa"
I never said it could, but actually it can do crossfade curves, and comes with it's own set of bundled FX's....Blaa..blaa..blaa. It even comes with a statistical tool, Spectral Analysis, along with DC offset, Noise Reduction, and a Declicker. Is there anything else you would like to know about Nero? I'm failing to see the point you're trying to make. "Different horses for different courses?" We're talking about creating CD's, where lies the difference?....oh wait, I can tell you. CD Architect is suppose to be the professional CD authoring tool sold at a higher price, yet is lacking key features, like multiple burner support, and CD text. Hey, guess what, Nero had these features long before CD Architect v5.0 and while v4.0 was still being supported. Why is it still missing these key features? Because it takes time to develope them and CD architect v5.0 was rushed out the door, using a stripped down version of Vegas, and then goes unsupported to this day. I even sent these feature suggestions for CD text and multiburner support, back when v4.0 was still being supported, so it's not like they didn't have a clue about these features. Now users like yourself are pissed off, and are grasping at reasons why they bought this product in the first place. If you used another Stereo Editor other than Sound Forge, I see a purpose for CD track assembly. Sorry, but this is reality, and sorry that it upsets you.
I'm not talking about using CD Architect as a large-scale replication program....I think cutting a second CD would be a pretty common (almost universal, I would think) mastering need, and I'd like to be able to make use of the second identical CD writer I got for that purpose.
One problem with this, is that CD programs tend to use their own extension format for a CD image, thus why you may be unfamiliar with ".CDI". In other words, while DiscJuggler uses ".CDI", Nero uses it's own ".NRG" extension. Cdrwin, uses a combination of 2 files for an image. One is the ".Cue" text file and then the data is in a ".bin" file. All are CD images, but none of the programs may be able to recognize the others. I've seen reference of ".ISO" and ".RAW", being common types of image files. In other words, along with CD Architect being able to create a CD Image file, it will also have to support burning to multiple drives too, because there is no one standard image file that all cd burning programs use.