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Digipack packaging for CD Duplication and Replication

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Digipack style card packaging is a modern alternative to the traditional jewel case when you are looking for CD duplication or replication of your latest CD album. The most common format for a digipack is 4 printed pages with a single clear plastic tray to house the CD. Other variations include a 6 printed page or 8 printed page with up to 3 clear or black trays.

Many artists and record labels now prefer the digipack for an album release due to its modern stylish looks. On larger volume manufacturing orders this packaging can be comparable in costs to the jewel case however smaller volumes of 1000 and less are still relatively expensive. Short run orders are high in price due to the high set up costs for printing and assembly of digipacks, for larger volumes these high upfront costs are more absorbed into the final price making the unit price much more affordable.

Designing artwork for digipacks is slightly more complicated than the average CD booklet but most manufacturers or pressing plants are able to provide a computer to plate template with all the exact dimensions, bleeds and specifications. As with most forms of flat paper and card print a bleed of 3mmm is essential during the artwork design. This bleed is required due to tolerances involved when cutting the final printed sheets into the individual pieces of card used to make the digipack. Once cut down to size the card is folded and glued and then the CD tray added to form the final stunning packaging.

CD Replication Pressing Plant Short Run Offers

Monday, October 21st, 2013

There was a time when most worldwide pressing plants would only accept orders of 1000 units and above for CD replication. Nowadays most plants recognise the requirements of smaller labels and artists who may only need a few hundred copies of their album but still need the high manufacture quality of replicated discs.

Many manufacturers are able to offer short runs from just 500 units but Testa-Rossa has gone a step further and now offers replication offers starting at 300 units. Most of our most popular formats are now available as orders of 300, these include 4 page booklet albums, 8 page booklet albums, card wallets and digipacks. For customers who prefer to source their own packaging and print there are also UK lowest prices on bulk CD replication supplied on spindles.

Another great advantage of short run replication orders of 300 is the reduced licensing costs. An MCPS license should be applied for when manufacturing music CD’s. The license is charged based on the number of copies being manufactured. In the past smaller labels had to manufacture 1000 copies and pay the appropriate license fee even if they were only expecting to sell a few hundred copies. With the new availability of 300 unit offers the costs involved with manufacture and licenses are greatly reduced. The result is smaller labels and self funded artists have a chance to increase profit margins on smaller releases.

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