Mastering for CD Duplication

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.

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