Archive for February, 2010

ISRC codes for CD Duplication

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Our CD duplication services can include the addition of ISRC codes to each disc. ISRC stands for International Standard Recording Code and is a code that can be added to each track on a CD. Each code is a unique identification that can be used to automatically log airplay and identify the track for payment of royalties.

In the UK ISRC codes are usually issued through PPL, the code consists of a combination of 12 digits and characters. During the pre-mastering stage the ISRC codes can be added to the PMCD and comply fully with Philips Red Book specification. Once the PMCD master has been burnt containing ISRC codes the codes should then be copied to all subsequent duplicated or replicated discs during manufacture.

Many broadcast CD and DVD players can automatically read the ISRC code and use the unique identification to log airplay and generate artist/performer/writer royalties. The codes are also very useful in electronic distribution of music and can be used to calculate sales via this distribution method.

ISRC codes are also very useful for giving the consumer more information about the CD by accessing on line databases. You will notice that if you play a retail release CD on a computer often all the information such as track titles, artist name, album sleeve artwork etc can be displayed on your computer. This information is not read from the CD itself, all that is read is the ISRC code, the software then identifies this ISRC code with an online database where all this additional information is held. This information is then accessed from the online database and displayed on your computer.

February 2010 CD Duplication Customers

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

It’s been another busy month so far for our UK CD duplication services. This months CD album manufacturing has seen some great self funded artist and independant label releases. As always our friendly and helpful staff are always on call to help with your music releases and promo requirements.

We are again offering great deals on cheap CD duplication for music promotional purposes. Black text print onto a silver disc is usually fine for promos and we offer a standard prodisc or Sony DADC disc both featuring silver record side. Full colour is also available on to Sony discs at slightly higher cost. For a more presentable promotional package or even as retail use our CD replication in full colour card wallet is an excellent solution. Current low cost pricing on CD in card wallet is as little as £429+vat for 500 units and an amazing £469+vat for 1000 units.

Moving up our product list the ever popular 4 page booklet album is still our best selling product. A full colour 4PP CD booklet and inlay with choice of 1 sided or double sided inlay for same low price. There is a choice of 2 colour screenprint or full colour offset litho for the disc print. To finish off this album solution all parts are packed to high quality CD jewel case with choice of black or clear tray. Individual cellophane overwrap is also available on orders of 500+ and you can even split your order so that part is overwrapped and part not. These day some retailers prefer overwrap and some prefer no overwrap.

Quality Comparisons Of CD Duplication

Friday, February 19th, 2010

When comparing quotes and pricing for CD Duplication also be certain to compare the quality of the CD duplication service. Many companies advertising cheap prices do so due to the fact they use cheap discs and cheap print methods which most of the time results in a poor quality end product. Like anything these days if you pay a cheaper price you usually get a lower quality service.

If you are looking for a reliable CD duplication company then odds are that a reliable company won’t be the cheapest. One thing to investigate is the type of disc the duplication company is using. Many companies use unbranded discs which do not meet Philips specifications and some even use discs that are technically illegal because the manufacturer has not paid the license to Philips. At Testa-Rossa all our colour print and duplication is on the highest quality Sony discs manufactured by Sony DADC, market leader in CD-R and DVD-R media. Sony discs have very high technical qualities and meet all Philips standards or “book” specifications.

Sony manufacture inkjet and Everest printable discs but by far the Everest discs give superior print results. Everest thermal transfer print technology delivers a very high standard full colour or greyscale gloss print which is highly durable, scratch and moisture resistant. If you find a company offering Sony discs for duplication together with Everest thermal print then rest assured you will receive the highest standard of short run disc duplication on the market. You may pay a slight premium for this high quality service but this premium gives complete peace of mind with your project.

Errors with CD Duplication

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

It is extremely rare that we ever experience any errors from the CD duplication process. Occasionally we do get customers that bring to our attention slight playback errors on their duplicated discs. On further investigation this is usually due to errors that were contained within the CD master the customer supplied and not actually due to errors in the CD duplication

So, the essential thing to remember is that a duplicated CD or DVD can only ever be as error free as the master used. If there are errors on the master then in most cases these errors are also copied to the duplicated discs. To reduce the risk of playback errors you should always master and burn a disc to Philips red book specification. Also using a high quality disc and burning at low speeds is good advice to achieve a master with the least possible errors. It is also good practice to ensure the underside of the disc is not damaged, scratched or marked. Even greasy fingerprints can sometimes cause read errors.

Most CD players have built in error correction which means that sometimes a master disc may play perfectly fine on a CD player even though it contains errors. Most duplication equipment will ignore certain correctable errors but with CD replication the master needs to be pristine. The glass mastering process will not tolerate any digital read errors at all, so even though a CD master may play acceptably on your hi fi there is still a chance your master will be rejected during the glass mastering stage. Any errors are usually identified by an Eclipse report prior to the glass mastering stage.

CD Duplication as data backup

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Back up and distribute all your important data using DVD or CD duplication. A CD-R can hold 700mb of information and a DVD-R a staggering 4.7gb of digital information. Both CD and DVD duplication are excellent methods of backing up information such as databases or collections of pictures.

If you are looking to distribute some large files such as high resolution pictures within your company then generally email is not suitable due its limitations with file sizes. Duplication to CD or DVD is a fast and cost effective way to supply large files to your staff and customers. If you are looking to send these large files to numerous people the burning the discs one by one can be very painstaking. A duplication company can usually provide numerous copies of a master disc a lot faster and with a far more professional surface print.

For important back up of computer files the DVD is an excellent storage medium. Quite often hard drives can fail making data recovery very difficult. Regularly backing up your important data and files to DVD is a cheap and effective means of storage. When saving large application projects to hard drive also consider burning a DVD back up. A DVD library of all work can then be kept which is an invaluable failsafe back up in case of hard drive failures or viruses.

CD And DVD Artwork Specifications

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Some of the most common questions we are asked by customers are regarding artwork specifications for CD duplication The easier way to supply suitable artwork is to download our templates for your specific CD or DVD packaging and follow guidelines on the website.

The most widely accepted file format is PDF, many software design applications have the ability to output designs using the PDF format. Best results are achieved if you use the highest quality PDF output settings and where possible output all your text as vector information or convert all text to outlines/shapes/paths first. This method of outputting text gives the sharpest/crispest print results possible. Many designers make the error of flattening text down to pixel information which can then look blurred or pixilated when printed especially if the font size is small or the font style is thin.

Another common error is for designers to supply artwork in RGB colour mode. Since all commercial print uses a CMYK process it is essential to supply all artwork in CMYK mode and not RGB. Testa-Rossa and its print suppliers will not accept RGB artwork and there may be artwork re-supply charges for customers who have to re-submit their artwork due to RGB issues. One failsafe way to check for RGB is using the output preview in Adobe Acrobat and select RGB, any parts of artwork in RGB mode will be shown on screen.

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