Archive for January, 2009

CD duplication systems for individual and business requirements

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

CD duplication is a method that is used by many people. CD duplication includes creating personal music CDs and making DVDs and CDs for business copies. It is believed that new uses for this technology will spring up in the near future. But individual and business organisations that wish to use this technology for their own purpose would do well to have a certain amount of knowledge about the current technology regarding CD duplication.

Systems used in CD duplication

Current hardware and systems which are used for duplicating CDs range from the most simple machine to some of the most complicated hardware and software. Apart from the usual CD burner which can be installed on personal computers, some of the more traditional CD duplicating machines are CD copiers.
A CD copier is a machine that is attached to the computer through a SCSI port. These copiers are used together with CD copying software and they are good at producing small quantities of CDs.

Current hardware and systems that are used to duplicate CDs range from the simplest machines to some complicated hardware and software. For larger quantity requirements, automated CD copiers are used. These machines have input and output spindles. There is a wide range of systems and hardware that is used for CD duplication. For smaller quantity requirements, simple and more traditional machines like a CD burner are perfect. On the other hand, many modern and automated machines are used for duplicating larger quantities of CDs.

Make multiple copies of your data with CD duplication

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Almost everything today depends on technology and it is with the help of this that things have become simpler. Computers are now used by many people across the globe for various purposes. They can be used for official or personal use.

People using computers might have some important data stored on their hard drive. This data can be anything like music, movies, files, documents or photos. It is very important to store and safeguard the data properly. If there is a system failure or malfunction or a hard disc crash, all the data can be lost.

So it is essential to backup the data on some effective medium. CDs and DVDs are the most used devices that can store your data effectively and efficiently. There are many people who use devices like CDs and DVDs to store their data. Suppose you have some songs or photos on a CD or DVD and you would like to share it with someone, at such times you can use CD or DVD duplication process.

Many people usually get confused by CD or DVD duplication. It is a process in which you can transfer the data from one CD or DVD to another. It is done with the help of a device called a CD burner. CD or DVD duplication can prove very beneficial for music companies that need to produce large number of CDs and DVDs for circulation purposes.

DVD types, features and usage

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

DVD stands for “Digital Versatile Disc” which is a popular optical disc storage media format. It is mainly used for video and other data storage that needs large space. DVDs have the same dimension as compact disc but store six times more data than CDs.
Variation of the term DVD often describes the way data is stored in the disc. DVD-ROM has data which can be read and not written. The wavelength of normal DVD lasers is 650 nm.

There are 6 recordable versions of DVD as follows,

• DVD-R for General
• DVD-R for Authoring

DVD-R and DVD+R only record data once like CD-R. However DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, and DVD+RW are rewritten 1000 times the same as CD-RW. Recordable DVD was first used on computers for home purposes only.

The need for CD mastering

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Good music is always in great demand. Listening to music can provide a feeling of peace and contentment. Unlike in the past, listening to music is not the only factor; the sound quality also plays an important role. CDs and DVDs are the popular medium for storing data and music.

The sale of music CDs has increased and when people purchase them, they have to be of good quality. In a recording studio, you may record a single song at a time. The main responsibility of the mixing engineer is to give the best sound quality and make it a great album. At such times a CD mastering process greatly helps to create a good album.

The CD mastering process involves several procedures like equalising the volume, rearranging the tracks, giving final touches and removing the background noise. CD mastering makes sure that the final product has superb quality and amazing sound. This is the best way to enhance the overall sound quality of the product.

The collection of songs on an album may have different peak levels. In the phase of post production, professional engineers combine the CD using different techniques like compression, EQ and dynamic processing to provide a consistent sound from track to track.

Carefully using compression one can raise the overall level of album in the post production phase. The mastering engineer also needs to make sure that your songs sound superb, irrespective of whether they are played in portable CD player, a car stereo system or a home theatre system.

Types of CD duplication services

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

CD or DVD duplication can be done with the help of a device called as a burner. However, this can consume a lot of time, especially if you want to duplicate a large number of CDs. There are two options by which you can duplicate your CDs; you can either opt for a CD or DVD burner or an online CD duplication service.

Usually many people get confused with the term CD duplication. It is a method in which data from one CD or DVD is copied to another. This process is carried out with the help of a device known as a CD burner.

CD duplicators:
CD duplicators allow you to duplicate several CDs at the same time. If you have a CD burner you can only duplicate one CD at a time. However, CD duplicators enable you to duplicate several CDs or DVDs at the same time. They typically look like a desktop tower but their function is only to duplicate CDs and DVDs. CD duplicators have numerous CD drives that record multiple CDs.

CD duplication online service:
Several companies on the internet provide CD duplication services. Presently, there are many companies that provide extra services in order to attract customers. Some companies provide CD label designing services and also handle the CD packaging for you. It is an efficient and extremely cost effective way to get your CDs duplicated. If you require professionally packed CD labels and to avoid the hassle of doing it yourself, then it is highly recommended that you opt for an online CD duplication service.

CD duplication or replication: Which one is best for you?

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Most people are confused with the differences between CD duplication and CD replication.

CD duplication means simply ‘duplicating’ your album, by copying the master copy to several copies. It is a process perfect for producing less than 500 copies of your disc in a short time. The process of CD duplication is ideal if you have to distribute CDs amongst employees at a company meeting or share your music album with close friends and music producers. Most CD duplication companies offer a quick service and use only the latest technology to provide you with the best quality in sound and volume output.

CD replication is used to produce much larger numbers of CD copies. In this process, the data from the original disc is replicated into several other CDs and then normally used to produce over 500 copies. CD replication is a commonly used process by recording companies to make copies of an upcoming album.

CD duplication and CD replication both produce high quality copies of your album. The main difference between them is the price factor. CD replication is commercially viable, if done only in large numbers. For less than 500 copies, CD duplication is the perfect choice.

The steps involved in DVD replication

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Replication simply means the transfer of data from a master source onto DVDs or CDs. The process of replication and duplication are not similar and should not be confused. DVD replication is a process that produces duplicates of a master DVD that will play on every computer and DVD player.

There are some pre-requisites for the process of DVD replication. Firstly, there is the checking of unreadable sectors on the master source, before submission to the manufacturing plant. These verifications help to rule out faulty and damaged discs.

The DVD replication process includes pre- mastering, mastering and post mastering stages. During pre-mastering, the structure and format of the supplied media is investigated. In the mastering stage, the disc undergoes digital optimization, and at this point the DVD replication takes place. Both audio-visual and audio related services undergo DVD mastering.
The DVD then undergoes processes like electroplating and moulding before it is ready for release. Pre-press releases ensure that the colour, font, size, and resolution are all correct.

The process of DVD replication requires accuracy, quality and speed from start to the finish. From the creation of a glass master disc with the help of a DVD or digital linear tape, to the use of a glass master for manufacturing additional discs, the DVD replication should not deteriorate in quality.

Tips on preparing a CD/DVD master

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

The disc that you provide to a CD/DVD duplication or replication company for making copies of your media is known as the master copy. Below are some helpful tips to help you create a high quality master.

• It is important to use high quality CDs for your mastering. Not all CD/DVD disc brands are the same and it is essential to do proper research in selecting the right brand.

• If you are burning the disc on a laptop, avoid burning when the laptop is running on battery power. Due to the fluctuations in available power, the burned CD may have inferior quality of data.

• Avoid any movement of the drive when burning the disc. Any movement of the drive can cause the laser to jump a track or skip, resulting in a bad disc or errors.

• Having multiple applications open on your computer can hinder the burning process and result in burn rejects or a poor quality disc.

• It is always best to copy your files onto the local hard drive from the network source before burning the disc. This will result in a better quality of your disc.

CD/DVD duplication and replication companies use the master copy to duplicate and replicate more album copies. It is important for the master copy to have a high sound quality and volume, as this will be incorporated into all other copies of your album.

Piracy is killing the PC gaming market

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

The creative director of Ubisoft Shanghai, Michael de Plater, strongly believes that piracy is killing the PC gaming market. The gaming studio has intentionally not released Tom Clancy’s EndWar PC version alongside the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. This has been done in order to encourage gamers to purchase the console versions instead of pirating a PC version.

The level of piracy in the PC gaming market has now grown so huge that it is afflicting other gaming versions. Many people are now simply stealing through copying, rather than actually purchasing a game. This level of piracy is adversely affecting the entire industry, which will ultimately impair the development of new titles.

Most CD duplication and replication companies adopt and follow strict legal guidelines when offering their service that does not encourage any sort of piracy. Your order is only progressed further when you show them the proper licenses and copyrights to the music album or gaming CD. This helps to keep unlicensed copying and the piracy of data under control.

For enhanced audio quality, opt for CD mastering

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Everybody wants to make records that sound great. While CD recording is a simple process that requires little or no knowledge, CD mastering is an intense process that requires specific techniques and expert understanding. CD mastering is the final step that improves the quality of a recording in every way.

For best results, a mastering engineer or professional undertakes the process of CD mastering. After the completion of a CD recording, it will require many changes. From removing unwanted noises to placing extra spacing between the tracks, everything will normally need a degree of alteration. The sound of the recording also peaks at different parts, which also requires levelling out through CD mastering.

The master engineer not only removes unwanted noise from recordings, but will also even out the spacing gaps. The technique is complicated and requires complete accuracy and precision. The process of CD mastering involves editing, sweetening and quality checking. During editing, there is appropriate spacing between the tracks and rearranging of tunes in a particular sequence. Editing also includes the elimination of disturbances.

After this stage, equipment sweetens the tracks by enhancing the clarity, smoothness and impact of the record. After analysing the quality of the CD, the recording is completed by transferring it to the desired media. Finally, the mass production of the music record commences. It is clear that CD mastering is essential for every record. In short, CD mastering guarantees quality.

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