Always seek a specialist CD replication company.

So, you have spend years of band rehearsals, weeks on the road playing gigs for free and then blown all your parents life savings recording your first album. Obviously after all that hard work, sweat and tears you need a company you can trust to press up your first album. It is always advisable to seek a specialist CD replication company to handle the pressing of your precious recordings.

When searching for a reputable specialist replicator always consider how stringent the company is on accepting masters. The master is the most critical part of the disc pressing process and reliable discs depend on a perfect error free master CD. If you are using a professional mastering house then there is always the option to supply a DDP fileset direct to the CD replication company. A DDP fileset totally cuts out the need to burn to CD-R and then to rip the audio to DDP at the pre-mastering stage. Most errors can be traced back to inappropriate burning of a master or a faulty CD-R.

So you have your DDP fileset or CD master, how should you then supply these to the replicator?
Well with a physical CD master the only option is to send by post or by courier, always be sure to use durable packaging such as a DVD case or jewel case. Never post out a master CD in a paper or plastic sleeve as it is often for damage to occur to the disc during transit. If you have a DDP fileset then the options are to either submit electronically over the internet or to burn the fileset to DVD-R.

Most specialist replicators will always check your DDP or CD master for errors before proceeding to glass masters. If in doubt ask the company to provide a print out of an error check showing the master is clean and error free. The next stage of the process is to produce a glass master from DDP files, subsequently the metal stampers are manufactured and then used to press the CD’s. All a very complex manufacturing process so always essential that you choose a reputable company for your CD replication services.

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