CD Replication For Album Launch Events

Album launch parties and events seem to be a big part of an independent record labels release schedule.
CD replication is the preferred choice of manufacture for such album launches as this method produces the highest quality retail standard CD album. Whether it be a limited release of 500 albums or a huge release of 50,000 expected sales of an album the replication method is the most appropriate solution.

When embarking on replication services it is always wise to leave more than adequate time for manufacture if launch deadlines are to be achieved. It is not just the manufacture leadtime to consider but also the possibility of hold ups in order processing due to unsuitable artwork specifications or masters containing errors.

Surprisingly we still get customers and record labels supplying parts exactly 10 days before an important launch or gig, expecting to get the CD’s back in time. This is very high risk strategy and more often than not results in the gig or event having to be cancelled and the customer trying to blame the manufacturer for not meeting their deadline.

Due to the complex nature of glass mastering, stamper production and disc pressing there are many uncontrollable factors that can lead to extended leadtimes. Read errors on a supplied master are the most common and customers find it hard to understand that even if the master played back fine on their home stereo that the master can still contain unacceptable errors for the glass mastering process.

Even though CD album manufacture can be achieved in 10 working days as a rule of thumb we always recommend that a customer supplies production parts 30 days before any important deadline. This 30 day period then provides contingency for any unexpected delays during processing, manufacture or delivery.

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