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Mastering for CD Duplication

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

With all the advances in high quality home studio plug ins, additional mastering for CD duplication is becoming less of a requirement. Most of our customers supply masters that are acceptable for the CD duplication or replication manufacturing process. Most modern CD burning software applications now automatically write CDs to the Philips red book specification making them suitable for use as a production master.

There are simple procedures that can help to ensure you produce a “good” master for CD duplication. Firstly try to use a bona-fide professional version of your chosen software application, often many free, trial or lite versions omit essential coding from the burning process. Also always use a high quality CD-R specifically for CD audio, cheap data CD-Rs from your local supermarket are usually low quality and not good more mastering purposes. Discs such as Sony CD-R for audio or other quality brands such as Verbatim are more suitable for masters.

When you burn your master do not burn at highest speed settings, if you are using a good CD burning application there should be an option to choose the speed at which the disc is burnt. A good setting for masters is usually around 4x speed. Also check for settings such as CD text, DAO and ISRC to make sure all the correct coding is embedded to the master.

Once you have burnt your master handle it with great care. Do not allow the underside of the disc to get scratched or damaged and keep the CD away from strong sunlight which has harmful UV light that can damage the chemical layers within the CD-R. Check the master on a few different players to make sure it performs exactly as intended. Once you are happy with master make sure you place it in some good packaging to avoid the disc getting damaged on its way to the manufacturer.

CD Duplication Sound Recording Copyright

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

In Our previous CD duplication article we looked at copyright issues involving IPR. Today we are looking at the Sound recording copyright.

The sound recording copyright is usually controlled by the owner of the sound recording. If you are an artist who has recorded a track in your own studio or you have hired a studio then this would usually make you the owner of the sound recording. In this scenario you have the right to manufacture or “copy” the recording by means of CD replication or duplication.

If you are an artist who has signed a recording deal usually all sound recording copyrights are then owned by the record company for a fixed term. The record company has all rights to manufacture, duplicate or replicate CD copies of the sound recordings.

If you are looking to place an order for CD duplication you need to either own the sound recordings or seek permission from the sound recording copyright owners. Collection agencies such as PPL can often help trace the sound recording copyright owners but any necessary copyright permissions will usually need to be granted directly from the copyright owner.

There is also the scenario where a sound recording is “out of copyright”. In these circumstances it may not be necessary to seek any copyright permissions, again agencies such as PPL should be able to advise on such issues.

So far we have covered the 2 main copyright issues, Intellectual property rights and sound recording rights. We will also look at copyrights relating to artwork and logos in our next article.

Making Right Decision For CD Duplication

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

When considering CD Duplication services there are several different options to consider to ensure you make the right decision. First of all what quantity do you require? If you require less than 500 discs then CD duplication is usually the preferable option although once you require 450 or above CD replication is usually going to be a better option. Duplicated discs are discs that have the data burnt onto the CD-R in a similar way to how you burn or write a CD in your computers DVD writer. Replicated discs are discs that are manufactured with the data already embedded or pressed into the disc itself.

The next factor to consider is how quickly do you need the discs. If you are working to extremely tight deadlines then CD duplication will normally be the only option. 500 duplicate CD’s can be burnt in a 24 hour period depending on the companies capacity. You could theoretically use this fast turnaround duplication to produce a run of 1000 or more discs however costs would be a lot higher than using replication. For orders of 450+ discs replication does work out cheaper per unit however leadtime is going to be around 7 days or 10 days if the order includes packaging and printed paper parts.

Another factor is what the CD’s are being used for. If the CD is an album release to full retail standard then replication will always give a more professional product. We are often asked if audio on a duplicated disc sounds any different in quality to audio on a replicated disc and the answer is no. However if you were to store each album for a long period, let’s say 20 years. After this time period a replicated disc would still play exactly the same but there is a chance a duplicated disc may not play at all after such a long time. This is due to the fact that duplication relies on a photo sensitive dye within the plastic that holds the information. These dyes can deteriorate with time, especially if exposed to UV light or sunlight. So if you need a long “shelf life” for your discs always go for replication. If however the data you need to distribute is for short term use then duplicated discs are always going to be a more cost effective solution for smaller order quantities.

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.

CD mastering will help your music sound better

Monday, November 30th, 2009

CD mastering is the final chance to include creative input when creating a music CD. After mastering the CD, it can be printed, reproduced and sold to the public.

The process of CD mastering

CD mastering includes several steps: Firstly, all the songs or tracks are put onto the CD in order and then the volume of the songs is leveled. The length between each song is also adjusted. The final steps involve editing of the songs at the beginnings and at the ends by fading or cross fading. Some secret songs or un-utilised songs are usually added at this point of time.

Ways of CD mastering

There are different ways to master a CD: You can hire a professional CD mastering engineer, which is what many professional musicians do. The mastering engineers also work in their own mastering facilities.

Apart from professional engineering, CD mastering is also possible at home by using computer software. Many beginners try out this option but with this, the CD may sound muddy and unprofessional.

Online CD mastering is also an option which has become more common these days. In this process, you need to send the mix via the internet to a CD replication or duplication company. Their CD mastering engineers will transform a rough mix into a superior sounding album which is ready for public distribution.

Why professional CD duplication services are relevant today

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Professional CD duplication services have become more and more popular over the years for a large number of reasons. Most of us have given CD duplication a try on our computers at home. This involves putting a CD inside your disk drive and copying the contents from your computer or another CD onto the blank CD that is inserted inside. While this is done only one at a time at home, professional CD duplication services can do duplication functions at ten times the speed of your CD duplicator or more. If you are a business or an artist who wants to make copies of a large number of CDs, professional CD duplication services are perfect for you. Mentioned below are some of the best advantages of using a CD duplication service.

Using a professional CD duplication service can help you with your copying needs and will ensure that all your CDs are copied in a professional and methodical manner. If you do this at work or home, you may sometimes find that out that the CD does not burn correctly and it takes ages to copy. With a professional service you can be sure that all your CDs are copied and labelled to perfection.

A CD duplication service can copy multiple CDs simultaneously while a home CD recorder can only perform one function at a time. With so many advantages to CD duplication services, it is time you use them for your business and personal needs.

Your guide to finding the right CD duplication company

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

If you are in the music business and want to create lots of CDs in a relatively short amount of time or if you are working in IT and want to make some copies of your newly developed software for promotional purposes, CD duplication is the process which will enable you to get your work done in a relatively easy manner. For a small quantity of CDs, it is quite easy for you to use the CD burner attached to a computer and make a few copies for yourself. However, if you are looking to make more than just a few copies of your CD, then this process can be slightly taxing and time consuming. Professional CD duplication services however, will enable you to get your work done with ease.

Professional CD duplication service providers are equipped with all the necessary technology to make multiple copies of your CD and thus get your job done fairly quickly. While you are searching for a CD duplication company, it is quite important that you do sufficient research on the topic and pick one which has the latest technology.

One of the best ways to locate a reputable CD duplication company is to search online. You can even ask your friends and colleagues about their suggestions and if they have utilised CD duplication services in the past.

With careful searching and keeping a close eye on the budget allotted by you for CD duplication, you will be able to easily find a CD duplication company which satisfies all your needs.

CD replication is a boon to the music industry

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Music lovers who have large CD collections of their favourite bands do not really realise the work that goes into making the recordings sound so good. Of course, the artists are talented, but a little help when recording millions of CDs is always welcome. To ensure that each of those million music lovers gets high quality CDs, hiring CD replication services is very important.

How CD replication helps the music industry

If you have ever tried to transfer files from your computer to a CD, you will know just how time consuming this process is. Fortunately, with CD replication, you do not have to worry about file transfer problems. CD replication services use the latest technology and high quality equipment for replicating thousands of CDs every single day.

How is this different from regular copying?

There is a huge difference between CD replication and copying music from a computer to a CD. With professional CD replication services, music houses can replicate thousands and even millions of copies in a matter of a few days. In addition to this, the copies are all of excellent quality with a constant volume and tracks are spaced appropriately as well.

CD replication services are ideal for those who require bulk copies. This is why they are important to the music industry. The good news is that you do not have to spend too much on these services because they are quite affordable.

The usefulness of CD and DVD duplication

Friday, October 30th, 2009

DVD and CD duplication is a process which is done by burning data on a blank CD or DVD. The duplicated CDs are high in quality and can be played in most electronic hardware devices.

The importance of CD duplication

Nowadays, music companies use this process to release their songs and videos. The maximum number of CDs that can be created with the help of this process is up to 500 and the minimum CDs should be more than 100. So, if you are only planning to order 2 or 3 copies then this process should be done at home. The process of duplication is fast and it is done without compromising on the quality of the CD/DVD.

The process involved in CD duplication

There are two ways to duplicate a CD or DVD. By pressing the music on the discs or digitally transferring the music on the CD or DVD, this is done by using state of the art industrial duplicators.

The artwork

The artwork on the CD or DVD in this process is generally done by inkjet printers. Otherwise, the printing on the CD is usually done at the time of pressing.

Thus, this process is much faster and cheaper than the process of replication.

CD duplication or CD replication – Take your pick

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

CDs are used these days for home, commercial and promotional purposes. Easy availability of technology like CD duplication and CD replication has prompted people to create new CDs for unique profitable purposes.

Before you make use of either of the technologies it is essential for you to know when CD duplication is better than CD replication and vice versa. The best method of creating new CDs is undoubtedly ordering original CDs. However, the problem with original CDs is that the manufacturing cost may be high and the procedure takes longer.

CD duplication and CD replication on the other hand are economical and simple. The simpler of the two procedures is CD duplication. In the process of CD duplication, the material is copied from the master CD to readymade blank CDs. Here the new CDs are identical and have the same properties as the master CD. CD duplication is most profitable when the number of CDs to be manufactured is less than 500.

When you need to create CDs that are more than 500 in number then you must opt for CD replication. CD replication is a method of creating new CDs where each CD is created and not merely copied. Since CD replication creates unique individual CDs, here the quality is slightly better and highly recommended for professional purposes.

So, take your pick and use the latest technology to your benefit.

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