Franc Cinelli Presses New Releases with MaxDuplication

on Saturday, 21 June 2014.

Franc Cinelli is based in London and sets trends with his devil may care style of alternative folk while crafting songs that are heartfelt and sincere. Franc recently garnered support from WFUV New York and BBC Radio 2 after having complete an extensive tour in North America and Europe. This wildly successful tour included a televised performance at Milan’s Blue Note, two shows at the Royal Albert Hall, and a sold out show at New York City’s Living Room. Critics refer to Franc as “a breath of fresh air.”

Franc moved to London from his birth country of Italy when he was just four. His mother heavily influenced his interest in music with her record collection of Pink Floyd, The Police, Bob Marley, Dire Straits, and Bruce Springsteen.

Franc Cinelli’s recent tour was in support of his latest two releases on SongCircle Records: the “I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight” album and the five song Alcatraz EP. Both of these releases were pressed by MaxDuplication. They can be purchased in Franc’s store.

Inspired by the famous prison and some of its most notable inmates, the Alcatraz EP is a fascinating five track journey. In this collection about repentance, the indelible human spirit, and faith, Franc Cinelli showcases his major influences, songwriters Mississippi John Hurt and Ry Cooder, with prison outlaw ballads that are saturated with defiance.

Franc’s most accomplished work to date is the seminal “I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight.” From the alternative country song “Shot of Life” to the anthem “Julius Plays His Winning Ace,” this album takes the listener on a rollercoaster of a journey. “Fall into Heaven” provides a romantic runaway take on the story of Bonnie and Clyde.

The track “Fat Charlie Sings the Blues” is a flowing blues meets waltz hybrid. Franc returns to his roots with “Passera’” in which he sings in his native Italian for the first time. With Franc’s trademark rhythm and blues sound and traditional finger style picking blending together with spaghetti western style choruses and horn sections, “I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight” ventures into new arrangement territories. We strongly recommend you check it out.

Gwenolye Duirwoods Uses Sound for Healing

on Saturday, 21 June 2014.

One of the truly talented artists to use MaxDuplication services is Gwenolye Duirwoods. Gwenolye is unique because she uses her musical abilities to heal people and make them feel more at ease. Her journey began in France, where she grew up. Her focus has always been on the interaction between invisible desires and visible reality.

As a teenager, Gwenolye was plagued by a nagging feeling that there was more to life than what she had learned from her family and school. Aside from knowing that materialism was not a source of happiness, she did not know what path her life should take.

One of her first major inspirations was a book about intuition by Shakti Gawain. The book added to her interest in taking a spiritual perspective. Specifically, Gwenolye was and still is fascinated with the invisible part of our selves that can support and guide us. She has tapped into this and has used it as a guiding force in her life.

Gwenolye left France when she was drawn to the United States, where she spent many years and learned much. Now, she lives in the United Kingdom, where she devotes her attention to grounding and manifesting.

Shamanism is the big key to unlocking the doors in Gwenolye’s life. Using her experiences, her creativity, and her path, she started exploring her life connectors in 2007. Based on her knowledge that nothing is as it seems, she started creating forest scenes intended to take the viewer on a journey to trigger the imagination.

From the forest scenes, many exciting creative outlets followed, including creation of a deck. Gwenolye also leads workshops.

Recently, Gwenolye’s newest endeavor caused her path to intersect with MaxDuplication. Sound has always played an important part in her life, since she is so involved with shamanism. For sound healing, she is combining her drum, vocal, and rattles experience with tuning forks, bells, crystal and Tibetan bowls, and other sound instruments.

With her sonic massages, Gwenolye uses sound to create deep inner peace and great soothing by slowly playing a Tibetan bowl that is moved around the body. This supports the balancing and harmonizing of one’s energy and chakras.

Visit Gwenolye Duirwoods' Facebook page.

Feckin Ejits Reunite in Honor of Bandmate’s Passing

on Saturday, 21 June 2014.

In honor of their recently deceased bandmate, the former punk rock band Feckin Ejits has reunited to once again play. Originally formed in 1984 in Aylesbury, the Ejits have returned as a tribute to guitarist Alex Morison, who died of cancer last year at 52 years old. They will return with a different lineup from what the five piece band performed with during their heyday in the ‘80s, when they played countless gigs and even caught the attention of legendary punk photographer Gavin Watson.

In the mid-‘80s the Ejits built up quite a following, attracting skinheads, flattops, punks, and just about every other sort of youth everywhere they went. Due to the infectious party atmosphere they always created when they took the stage, the Ejits were never out of place. They shared the stage with a wide assortment of acts, including the Pogues, the Vibrators, Dr. Feelgood, King Kurt, and many more. The newly reunited Feckin Ejits are expected to pick up right where they left off.

Since former bassist Dez Bhatt and drummer Dave Wood no longer live close enough for the reunion, the reunion lineup consists of Dan Goodger on Bass, Jez Scott and Neil Ledbury on guitar, Aiden Stirling as lead singer, and Ian Coe on drums. Aiden and Neil made the decision to get the band back together after Alex’s passing.

In June this year, they were invited to take part in Brighton’s Big Skinhead Reunion after they recruited some new faces and rehearsed a few times. As news of the reunion has spread, the Ejits have also added on gigs in Dorset, Ireland, and Aylesbury this year as well. To help fight cancer, the Ejits recorded a cover of “Cardiac Arrest” by Madness for the album “Mad Not Cancer.” All of the proceeds from this album will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

In addition, the revitalised line up has also begun work on new material, including an homage to their past called Reunion Song. You can watch the video for this new song, which jumped to number three on the iTunes video charts. To press this new material, the Ejits have enlisted the help of MaxDuplication.

How to Get Your Music Published - a Guide for Unsigned Bands and DIY Musicians

on Thursday, 31 October 2013. audio mastering, cd duplication, cd mastering, cd replication

The music industry is not a place for the light hearted. Even signed bands and musicians find it hard to sell their music here. In such circumstances, for the unsigned bands and DIY musicians to have their music published sounds an overwhelmingly difficult task.

Although publishing music is not a very simple task, it is a manageable one if you are well versed with the new technologies. Utilizing the internet and the social media space can help a musician to get his music popular among the people and create a buzz, which would then make it easier for him to publish and sell his music in the market.

Importance of Social Media and having a Website

For DIY musicians wanting to get their music published, the best possible way is to get attuned with the latest trends in online world, which is known as social media.

  • Come up with a website where you can upload your music.
  • Build up Facebook fan pages or Twitter accounts to gather more fans and followers of your music.
  • Upload the videos of your songs on YouTube.

Using the power of the web to get your music heard is a great way of ensuring that your music becomes popular among the people in the least time possible. This would provide you the chance to sell your music in the market even if you don’t have an agent.

Online Music Distributors

Just like using the cyber space for making your songs popular, you can use websites and collaborate with online music distributors to get your music published.

  • Online websites like Amazon offer budding musicians the chance to sell their music in exchange for a small fee.
  • Online music distributors like CD Baby and TuneCore offer unsigned bands publishing services via the internet.

Making use of the internet and online music distributors is an excellent means of publishing music which will eventually lead to more profits in the long run. DIY musicians wanting to get their voices heard and music published should waste no time in contacting MaxDuplication at 020-8492-3723. The professionals at MaxDuplication can help you with CD mastering, CD duplication, to name a few.

How Important is it to Have a Good Quality Disc?

on Wednesday, 30 October 2013. cd artwork, cd cover printing, cd duplication, cd label printing, cd printing, cd replication, dvd cover printing, dvd label printing

CDs and DVDs are used for a variety of reasons these days. Discs are used for burning music, high quality image production. Companies also use discs to provide information about their business to their clients.

As with all things, quality matters in discs as well, and quality is not limited to the content present on the disc - the overall quality of production is also important.

All discs of high quality

Disc mastering is the process by which a ‘read only’ quality disc is produced in large numbers.

  • Disc mastering ensures that all discs produced are of high quality, because mastering involves replication of discs from a source rather than burning separate discs.
  • Each disc is checked for glitches to ensure that it works.

If some of the discs you distribute do not work it will degrade your reputation in the eyes of your customers. Disc mastering ensures that all discs that reach your customers actually work.

The quality of the cover

The quality of the CD label printing or the DVD label printing is also very important as it is the first thing that strikes your customers about your disc.

  • First impression is the last impression is an old saying that is true in most cases. No one is going to see the content of your disc, if its label is not of professional quality. They will simply perceive that the inner contents of the disc would be no different.
  • An attractive cover will go a long way in hooking up the interest of the customer in your product. In other words, he will be more willing to go through the contents of the disc if its cover is attractive.

An attractive cover of the highest quality will help your quality disc stand out from the rest of pack, and will ensure that it will never go into a pile of waste. It is almost impossible to produce a very high quality disc at home. You can call experts at MaxDuplication at 020-8492-3723 to get them to help you with your requirements.

CD Insert and Cover Layout Design Tips

on Tuesday, 29 October 2013. cd artwork, cd printing

The design of the CD Inserts is among the most important aspects of designing the cover of a music album. Since it is first thing that the buyers are going to see before listening to the music on a CD, it has to be designed in such a way that it creates a positive impact on the buyer and influences him to buy it.

Such is the importance of the cover layout design of the music CDs that their sales depend on how imaginative the covers are. Most music retailers would confirm that the music CDs having an appealing cover are sold more quickly than the ones that are simple and fail to impress the buyers. The following are some of the tips that can help you in coming up with a good design for the insert of your music CD.

Size of the CD Insert

The size of the CD insert plays a vital role in making the cover layout design of your music album more appealing to your fans.

  • The front cover should be no more than 4.75” in length and breadth.
  • If you are thinking about making a booklet, the dimensions should not exceed 9.5” and 4.75”.
  • The back cover size should be around 6” in length and 4.625” in breadth.

When choosing the size of the back insert do remember the spine on either side of the CD which would require about 0.25”.

Be Imaginative

Being imaginative is extremely important when designing a CD insert. The following tips in this regard can be useful for you.

  • Choose imagery that is in line with the topic of your album.
  • Choose the fonts which are easy to understand.
  • Give important information about the singer, record label and the name of the songs on the cover.

It is best to listen to the songs in the album while designing the artwork for your album’s cover. It will help you in coming up with a cover design that is according to the mood of your music CD.

If you are finding it difficult to come up with a suitable design layout for your CD insert then there is no need to worry! The experts at MaxDuplication can provide you all the help you need in this regard. Call MaxDuplication right away at 020-8492-3723.

Music CD Digital Remastering: Better Alternative Than Mastering A CD

on Sunday, 27 October 2013. audio mastering, cd duplication, cd replication

Music CD Digital Remastering is the process in which a new master CD is created using digital sounds. This is done to improve the quality of the music which had earlier been recorded or even mastered for duplication purposes.

Remastering in essence is a repeat process of mastering a CD. However, the difference is that in remastering the music being edited is in the form of digital sound rather than analogue which is the case usually in mastering a CD. This process has become necessary nowadays since mastering CDs has lost its charm and is not very effective when it comes to enhancing the quality of the music.

The following is a look at the pros and cons of this new technology.

Pros of Music CD Digital Remastering

The following are some of the benefits of digital remastering process.

  • The audio file is converted into digital sound which is easy to edit than the analogue sound.
  • The quality of the sound remains intact and there is no chance of the audio file beginning to produce hissing sound.

Through CD digital remastering, one can make a brand new master copy of the original version of the audio file and can then send it for duplication.

Cons of Music CD Digital Remastering

The following are some of the drawbacks of digital remastering.

  • Addition of effects to classic songs makes them lose their originality
  • Most people believe that it is a marketing stunt employed by the musicians and record labels to fool them and make money.

The Music CD digital remastering has come under fire from the people because they think that it does not improve the quality of the music of the past and is only a ploy used by CD remastering services, to earn more money.

Despite the criticism faced by Music CD digital remastering, it still remains a very popular method of enhancing the quality of an audio file. If you want to avail the benefits of this process then the experts at MaxDuplication can help you out in this regard.

Which CD Type Should You be Using?

on Saturday, 26 October 2013. cd artwork, cd duplication, cd printing, cd replication

CDs or Compact Discs are available in many types and it is for the user to decide which among them is the best suited for their requirements. You will have two broad categories to choose from when deciding which disc to store your data on, namely CDs and DVDs (Digital Video Disc)

The main difference between a CD and DVD is the amount of space that they have available to them. The CDs are low on memory and can only store a limited amount of data while the DVDs have more memory and can store a much larger amount of data. This is why DVDs are the preferred CD type for games and films while CDs are suitable for recording songs and music.

Types of CDs you can choose from

The CDs are available in a number of types, each having their own benefits and limitations.

  • The CD-ROM has a limited memory and cannot be used for re-recording purposes, but it can be played by all players.
  • The CD-R has a fast recording speed and is cheap to duplicate. It is also low on memory.
  • The CD-RW can be used for re-recording up to 1000 times, but have a lesser recording speed.

The biggest advantage of using any type of CD for recording is that they are cheap and easy to record, while their most infuriating drawback is their limited memory space.

Types of DVDs you can choose from

The DVDs are available in a numbers of formats as well, with each having a different benefit to offer you.

  • The DVD-ROM has a larger memory, but has a slow recording speed.
  • The DVD-R can only be recorded on once and are generally suitable for recording home videos.
  • The DVD-RW can be used for re-recording, but is very expensive.
  • The DVD-RAM can be re-recorded 100,000 times and has a very large time span too.

All of the types of DVDs have a larger memory space and time span than CDs, but are extremely expensive to record and have a slow recording speed.

If you have doubts about which CD types is ideal for you then ask the experts at MaxDuplication. They can provide you all the help you require in choosing the type of CD you should use. Call us now at 020-8492-3723.

Tips to choosing a good CD/DVD Duplication Company

on Friday, 25 October 2013. cd duplication, cd replication, dvd duplication, dvd replication

Choosing a good CD / DVD duplication company is a rather difficult task if you do not know what you need. Without determining the type of services that you are looking for, it becomes almost impossible for a person to decide which company is best suited for their requirements.

Just like all other services, people have a lot of choice in regards to finding a CD duplication company. In order to know which one among them is the best, one has to keep in mind a number of factors. The following are some of the tips that can come in handy while choosing a suitable DVD or CD duplication company.

Know Your Need

Knowing the type of company you want your CD and DVDs to be duplicated from is crucial for finding the best company.

  • Decide whether you need a duplication or replication.
  • Determine the number of copies that you will want the company to duplicate of replicate for you.

It is always best to know what your requirements are before going on a search to find a CD/DVD duplication company. The knowledge of the type of duplication you are looking for and the number of CDs or DVDs that would have to be duplicated will help you in selecting the company that is willing to offer the kind of services you require.

Pricing is Important

Pricing is another important consideration that has to be monitored closely when trying to locate the best duplication company.

  • Compare the prices offered by many companies before finalizing your decision.
  • Search for companies who are offering discount deals.

Pricing plays an important role when it comes to selecting a service provider of any sort. The same is true for CD and DVD duplication companies as well. Remember to look out for discount deals offered by the companies as they can help you in saving a lot of money. If a CD/DVD duplication company is your need then it is best that you consult the experts and the best place to find them is at MaxDuplication.

Enhance The Quality of Music With CD Mastering

on Friday, 25 October 2013. cd mastering

CD Mastering is a very deft and important job that needs to be performed if you want to enhance the quality of a music CD. It is basically an editing exercise that is carried out to rid those parts of the songs that don’t sound right and simultaneously increasing or enhancing the quality of those bits that have a good sound to them.

The task of mastering a CD is not for people that are not trained for this. It is a very difficult job that requires the editor to have full knowledge of the software and equipment that would be required for fine tuning the songs on a CD and converting it into a master disc. The following are the processes that are involved in the process.

Assembly Editing and Sweetening

Assembly editing and sweetening are among the two most important processes involved in mastering a CD.

  • In the assembly editing phase, the editor balances the synchronization of the songs.
  • The beginning and ending parts of the song are faded to remove any sort of noises.
  • Sweetening is the stage when the editor starts placing special effects in to the songs.
  • Each layer of the song is given a makeover in the sweetening process.

Both assembly editing and sweetening are critical phases of CD mastering which decide how the final output would look like.

Final Output

Final Output is the last stage of mastering a CD where it is decided whether the CD would be duplicated or replicated.

For duplication purposes, the mastered CD is converted to a CD-ROM that can be played on any CD player.

For replication purposes, the mastered CD is shifted on to a glass master disc so that copies can be made using the replication machines.

The final output is the phase in which the fruits of the mastering process are harvested in the shape of the mastered CD. Since CD mastering is a very technical job it is better to hire experts for this purpose. MaxDuplication has proven track record in CD mastering. You can call us at 020-8492-3723 to find out how we can help you with your requirements.

Audio Mastering to Red Book Specifications

on Thursday, 24 October 2013. audio mastering

Audio mastering is an important aspect that has to be handled very carefully if you want your CDs to play without encountering any difficulty on all CD players. To make this happen, it is important that your master CD complies with all the Red Book specifications.

The Red Book specifications have been introduced by Philips and are comprised of specific standards that have been formulated to guide musicians about how they should go about burning their master CDs. If these standards are met by the musicians, the process of duplication becomes easier, plus the CD becomes compatible with any CD player the consumer has at its disposal.

The following are some of the standards that make up the Red Book specifications.

Duration of the Audio

The duration of the audio is an important standard that has to be met by the musicians if they want their duplicated CDs to playback reliably on any CD player.

  • The duration of the audio should not exceed 74 min and 44 seconds
  • To follow this standard it is best that a premaster CD is created before a master CD.

Usually a CD-R can record up to 80 minutes of audio, but according to the Red Book specification one should never record audio of more than 74 minutes and 44 seconds on a CD-R or it will cause problems when the disc is duplicated and replicated.

Importance of Premastering

Before moving forward with the audio mastering process, it is best that you create a premaster copy of your CD, which complies with the Red Book specifications.
It can entail the following benefits for you.

  • Any mistakes and errors can be identified and removed in this phase.
  • The PQ codes that are necessary for Red Book compliance can be easily programmed during premastering.

Premastering is the stage before a master CD is burnt and sent for duplication or replication. It can help musicians in following the Red Book specifications which will eventually benefit them when making their master CD, as it will automatically be in line with all the standards just like the premaster copy.

If you are finding it difficult to follow the Red Book standards during the audio mastering process then you can contact the experts at MaxDuplication at 020-8492-3723 and ask for their advice. They will guide you in the right direction.

Free Artwork Design Service

on Thursday, 09 May 2013. cd artwork, cd printing, dvd printing

The free artwork design service from MaxDuplication gives you a chance to have your artwork created without having to worry about learning complicated design applications, or worrying about file formats and phrases such as JPG, PDF and DPI's

MaxDuplication tries to stand out from the crowd and find unique ways to offer extra service to its clients. Many people were having trouble with how to create and design their artwork and were finding it expensive to pay a professional designer.

Many companies charge to design your artwork and even charge if they have to make small amendments to it, as MaxDuplication the whole process is free of charge allowing you to concentrate on creating your music or data.

Our professional design service will help ensure that you get the perfect, polished look you are looking for.

Make Your Design Stand Out

Although its perfectly acceptable to have a plain disc with just some text or wording on it, nothing stands out like colour. Making a colorful disc using a photograph or vibrant colours adds to the professional look of the finished product.

MaxDuplication's free design service is created specially to make sure that our customers are getting exactly what they want. You can make as many revisions to the design that you like until you are happy with the final look.

If you want to design it yourself

  • Make sure your text is large enough to read, but not so large that it will overwhelm the space on your disk.
  • Do not put any text within 3mm of the edge of the disk and avoid putting any media whatsoever in an area that would be cut off by the hole in the disc.
  • Make sure you are using high resolution images that will be easy to see and create a quality looking print. It is recommended that artwork is 300 dpi.

If you already have artwork such as a company logo or text that you have used in other areas of your business, email them to us and we will lay them out on our templates to show you what they will look like.

Digipack and other Packaging Options for CDs and DVDs

on Friday, 03 May 2013. cd artwork, cd printing, dvd printing

CDs and DVDs are still very popular promotional materials. They are inexpensive to produce and easy to send through mailers. If you are creating promotional materials for your organization, you want to make sure you have followed the best way to showcase your materials while still being practical.

In the past, most people used plastic jewel cases for their CDs, but these can break easily and don’t create a very professional look for DVDs. Digipacks are also commonly used as a promotional tool.

Basics of Digipacks

A Digipack is a gatefold style CD case made from cardstock.

  • In most cases, these cases are designed with an outer fold made from card stock or paperboard. Inside there is a plastic tray that contains a “soft spot” that holds the CD in place.
  • Many companies use these for special releases or limited edition CDs . They are still relatively inexpensive to produce, although costing slightly more compared to a standard jewel case, they tend to be less prone to breaking, which assists with the distribution of the product.
  • Most versions of the Digipack are covered in a UV coating that helps ensure that the design will not get bent or fade during transport or over time as it sits in the user’s collection.

Many designers like the idea of using a Digipack to market their media because the trifold design offers plenty of space for artwork and other promotional materials. Standard jewel cases must have other materials inserted inside to get the same effect.

Other Options for CD or DVD Packaging

There are wide varieties of packaging options considered standard for DVD and CD packaging.

  • The 6 panel digipak are similar to the digipack, but offering a two fold design instead of one
  • Single CD sleeves can be designed for easy mailing. Taller versions are available for DVDs, mimicking the look of a standard movie case, though the sleeve will be much thinner. Sleeves can also be produced from recycled materials for a more environmentally friendly packaging option.
  • While many sleeves are made from reinforced card stock, you can create versions that are much thinner, made from paper or a light plastic with a cellophane window that will show off the product inside. Those that are planning to focus their design work on the CD can also design a vinyl sleeve for added protection.

Other versions of these CD or DVD cases can be designed to hold multiple discs. This makes it easier for you to offer your clients a set that includes all of your material without having to pay for extra packaging or extra shipping.

When selecting a packaging option for CDs and DVDs, you want to consider how the product will be handled. You want to find the balance between creating an inexpensive option and providing the disc plenty of support as it travels to your customers.

Short-Run CD Duplication

on Friday, 03 May 2013. cd duplication, cd replication, dvd duplication, dvd replication

If you’ve already created promotional materials on a CD or DVD, you will need to create copies so you can share it with your customers. At maxduplication we offer short-run CD duplication and we offer a high quality product that you can be proud of.

Creating a High Quality Product

It may seem simple to take data from a CD and create additional copies, but there are a few things you will need to invest in to make sure the copies are high quality.

  • Check to see what kind of CDs the company can print. You want to make sure that they have the software to mimic the data that is on your original CD.
  • Know how the company makes the duplications. Someone should be on hand to compare the copies to the original to ensure they are being copied properly.
  • Get a feel for how the tracks will be laid out, particularly for DVDs. This will ensure that your customers can easily use the finished product.

The bottom line is, you want to make sure that a great deal of care is put into your product so you get satisfactory results. The higher quality machinery that is used to create your disks, the more likely it is that you will get a high quality product back.

Things to Look for in an Online Duplicator

If you’re planning on taking on your duplication services on your own, you want to make sure you select a platform that’s going to give you everything you need to get the job done.

  • Don’t consider signing up for a service that doesn’t include data verification. This will help you ensure that all of the files transferred correctly so you don’t wind up with hundreds of discs that are faulty.
  • Check how quickly the services are completed. You shouldn’t have to wait for weeks to get your completed order. Many companies offer as little as 1, 2 or 5 day turnarounds on projects depending on the number of copies you need.
  • Look for companies that allow you to upload your own designs for the disc and the packaging. After all, the finished disks are going to represent you when you send them out, so you want to make sure you can make a good first impression.

Of course, you also want to make sure you select a product that offers competitive pricing. You may have found a company that is one of the cheapest on the market, but this could be because they do not offer services like on-disc printing or there is a limit on the amount of discs you can offer.

Know what you are getting for the price so you can ensure you’ve made a sound investment in the contract you have chosen. When in doubt, check out customer reviews for a service to determine whether or not a company has a solid reputation in the business. Chances are, if people are willing to go back to them for repeat business, you can trust them with your duplication contract.

Mini CD

on Friday, 03 May 2013. cd duplication, cd printing, cd replication, mini cd

Mini CDs are sometimes known as pocket CDs in the industry. These discs are around a third of the size of a standard CD, though they have the same storage abilities as a full sized disc. These CDs function the same way a standard disc would, though they are smaller in size. They can be used for text, storage, audio or video files with the proper formatting.

Formatting for Mini CDs

There are different types of mini CDs that can be used for different promotional purposes.

  • Single mini CDs are typically used for audio formatting the way a vinyl would have been used several years ago. In most cases these can hold up to 210 MB of information.
  • Business card CDs are often truncated to the size of a business card, offering 30-100 MB of data. These CDs usually have wings added to the side to make them rectangular, but these are removed later on when the disc is to be played.

Additional formats for mini CDs include a 24 minute “pocket” cd for data storage and a 185 MB disk that can hold a condensed version of a 650 MB CD. In many places these are known as CD3s while a standard sized disc is a CD5. This refers to the metric units associated with the production of the disc.

Compatibility of Mini CDs

In most cases mini CDs can be played in a standard CD player, but there are some considerations that can help ensure they work properly.

  • Mini CD players were sold throughout the later portion of the 20th century, but these have largely been discontinued.
  • Consoles that have users insert a CD vertically rather than horizontally cannot take Mini CDs.

People often recommend mini CDs for use in CD players that have a center spindle. These will hold the disc in place so they will not slide around. Should the disc slide out of place it can cause a graphic error or result in the disc becoming stuck in the machine.

Using Mini CDs for Promotional Materials

People often prefer to use mini CDs for promotional materials because they have a wide variety of packaging options and make for a unique presentation.

  • Smaller discs require less packaging and protection so it is easier to send them out as part of a promotional offer for less money.
  • Some cases are so small they can even be inserted into a wallet without the risk that it will damage the case.
  • Due to the smaller data size, mini CDs can easily be replicated in a short amount of time.

Many people choose to buy mini CDs in bulk because they are less expensive than a standard sized CD and easier to transport. You can easily wind up with three times the promotional materials for the same price you would have paid to get a single stack of traditional CDs.

Those that have a brief message that needs to be sent to a large group of people can rely on mini CDs to promote their work.

How to Convert from MP3, Waves and DDP to Audio?

on Friday, 03 May 2013.

Different audio equipment and software is responsive to different types of files. If you are unsure about what file structure your equipment is compatible with, converting your sound to a standard audio file can be helpful.

Audio files can easily be loaded onto a flash drive or stored on a CD. You can play these files with a variety of devices without the fear that they will become corrupted or fail to load properly.

Converting MP3s

MP3s are condensed so allow for easier burning, but you may need to alter this format to ensure your files are playable with your stereo equipment.

  • Download all files to a software program that supports MP3s such as Windows Media Player and arrange them as desired.
  • When you go to burn a new copy of your CD, burn it as an audio CD rather than an MP3 format. This will create a more uniform formatting that is compatible with most other software and will play on CD players.

In order to use this method, you will be creating a physical disc for your files. Have a CD on hand that you can use to collect the data. If you would like a digital version of these audio files, they can be re-uploaded from the disk as necessary.

Converting a Wave

Wave or WAV files are easily converted to a variety of file types, due to their simple formatting structure.

  • There are several free wave converter programs available online that allow you to convert these files to MP3s, AC3s, AAC, MP4 and other file types as needed.

Unlike some other conversions, you can usually turn audio files back into wave files if you find it necessary. There are a wide range of conversion options with this type of media that give you plenty of options for your product.

Converting DDP

In many cases DDP is used for data, but there are ways to use these files for audio as well.

  • Most Dolby Digital files can be converted automatically when they are imported into any sort of audio project.
  • In some cases Nero can be used to convert images to an audio format, but this will typically require a more professional approach to complete.
  • Some other programs including Burning Rom, Disc Description Protocol, Wave Editor and Sountrax can be used to alter DDP files as necessary.
  • Many formats of DDP files are similar to ISO or .nrg files and can be treated as such. You can often run these files through a zip file and burn them as necessary.

Before attempting to make any changes to your files, determine what file type your software is intended to work with. Also ensure that you have a saved copy of the original in case you need to return to the original file for editing.

The Different Types of CD and DVD Printing

on Friday, 15 February 2013. cd printing, dvd printing

CD and DVD printing is very important for anyone who creates discs for distribution, regardless of the reason. Whether they are music CDs or DVDs of old family movies, quality of a disc cover is important to those receiving it.

Stick-on labels are cheap and seem like they may be a viable option, but over time, they not only start to peel off, but also can damage the lasers of disc drives. Therefore, using a CD/DVD printer is the best option, not only for long term cost savings, but for quality and peace of mind as well.

There are a handful of different kinds of CD/DVD printers.
The most common types are:

  • inkjet printers
  • thermal cd/dvd printers
  • thermal retransfer printers
  • auto loading disc printers
  • integrated disc drive printers

Inkjet Printers

Inkjet printing has been around for quite a while, and is used for a great deal of applications. The most common use of inkjet printers has been to print on standard, 8-inch by 11-inch paper, but there are inkjet printers that can print straight onto CDs and DVDs. All inkjet printers use ink cartridges, which can be expensive to replace, but offer up to a 4800 dpi resolution, allowing for high quality images on discs.

Thermal CD/DVD Printers

These printers connect in a similar way to computers as inkjet printers do (via USB cables), but they offer a much lower (300 x 600 dpi) resolution. They transfer the color onto the discs they are printing on not from ink cartridges however, but from color coated ribbons. They are quick and work well for plain text or simple designs, but for complex designs, users will want to stay away from these printers, as they do not mix colors near as well as other printers.

Thermal Retransfer Printers

Thermal retransfer printers offer the highest possible quality prints onto discs available. This is made possible by using the same technology as standard thermal printers and adding an extra step. The image is first transferred to a transfer ribbon, which helps mix the colors before putting the image onto the disc itself. The results of this single step are worlds apart from thermal printers.

Auto Loading Disc Printers

As the name describes, these printers load the discs automatically, which is great for bulk printing jobs. These printers come in many different varieties, including inkjet and thermal, which have already been explained.

Integrated CD/DVD Printers and Duplicators

These types of printers are a step up from the auto loading disc printers. Not only do they print images directly onto discs, but they also duplicate the entire discs, making copying CDs and printing the same image on each one a breeze. As with the traditional auto loading printers, these also come in all of the different varieties previously described.

Decisions, Decisions

When choosing which of the above types of CD/DVD printers to buy, it is important to keep in mind the needs of your projects and the costs of the machines. If you are only creating a couple of CDs or DVDs for personal use, perhaps an inkjet would be a more viable choice than an auto loading thermal printer that is suited for more industrial work.

Design: How Do I Make My CD and DVD Artwork?

on Friday, 15 February 2013. cd artwork, dvd artwork

If you burn your own CDs and DVDs, you probably want to make them your own with some artwork. Whether you are making artwork for a cover or for the CD itself, you want to make sure it looks good and is something you can show off to your friends. Knowing how to do that can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Anyone that knows their way around a computer can easily take on the task.

Methods of Applying Artwork

There are three methods of applying artwork to CDs and DVDs. The oldest and most common way is to design a cover and print it off to put inside the case. However, that is not preferable because if the CD gets separated from its case you don’t know what it is without popping it in the computer.

The second method is a bit newer and can sometimes be difficult to find. You can buy special printer paper that has a sticky side, designed for application to CDs and DVDs. You design the artwork, print it off, peel it, and stick it directly on the disc. This works much better because it stays with the disc, but they can peel off with use.

The best way to do this is to get a burner with Lightscribe. Lightscribe allows you to design artwork on your computer and burn it directly on the top of the disc. This is permanent, and will always allow you to know exactly what is on the disc. You can always design a more descriptive cover for the case if you wish.

Ways to Design CD Artwork

There are a few different ways that you can design CD and DVD artwork.

  • Use a free design service on the internet
  • Purchase software that allows you to design CD artwork
  • Purchase the peel and stick labels that usually come with software for ease of use
  • Design on your own in your favorite graphics design software

The easiest way to design artwork is to go to a free design application on the internet. The free service allows you to design artwork as if you were looking at the CD itself, which helps you to be able to picture what it will look like when you are finished.

It is very easy to use, and best of all it is free. While you could go the hard route and design it on regular graphics design software, using software designed specifically for this type of artwork is definitely preferable. You may also be able to find software that is designed for specific use with your Lightscribe.

Reasons to Design Artwork

There are many reasons you might want to design artwork for your CDs and DVDs.

  • Label discs so that you know what is on them
  • Have a cool label that expresses how you feel about the music or movies on the disc
  • Have something that you can show off to friends and family

Of course, the most important reason to do this is to know what is on the disc. However, the other perks that come with disc labeling are definitely there to be had.

Duplication vs. Replication

on Friday, 15 February 2013. cd duplication, cd replication, dvd duplication, dvd replication

In generalized language usage, the terms “duplication” and “replication” are commonly accepted as being synonymous with one another. However, in the specific field of IT (information technology) and the use of data disks, the two terms have quite different connotations. The processes of duplicating and replicating are technologically different, and the resulting products have different features as well.

Differences in Process

The process of duplicating a disc is similar to the procedure you use to burn a copy of a CD or DVD on your home computer. It can be done as a one-off duplication, like what you do at home, or mass produced by a facility dedicated to duplication.

A series of linked towers with DVD/CD trays can create a multitude of disc copies simultaneously. The single-step process ends when the transferred information from the original disc has been copied onto the blank discs.

The replication process, in contrast, occurs during the original process of manufacturing. Rather than taking information from an existing disc and copying it onto blanks, the information doesn’t exist in disc form before replication. The procedure begins by a thorough check against corrupted data, and the master key is created. The resulting quality of the entire set of copies depends on the perfection of that master version.

Pros and Cons of Duplication

In contemplating and comparing the two processes, many clients enjoy the quick nature of duplication, where completing even a run of five thousand disks in just two or three days.

However, here are several potential pitfalls to consider with duplication:

  • Duplicating discs is more expensive than replication orders of the same size.
  • Duplication only allows for a single layer of information on the disk, as opposed to replication processes that can combine multiple layers of data on each side of the disc.
  • Duplication set-ups are almost always limited in size, and may be slowed by manual assembly of the media packaging.

Pros and Cons of Duplication

The disadvantages of replication revolve around speed and volume of production. Most replication orders take at least a week to fill, and often require a minimum shipment size before an order will go into production. If a client needs the order delivered quickly, or requires a smaller number of discs produced, then replication is probably not the answer.

If the client is not in an urgent hurry and are looking for a large enough order, however, there are a number of advantages.

  • The per unit price of replicated discs are generally lower than those produced by duplication.
  • There are several configuration options, including a single layer of information, two information layers on a single side, a single layer on each of the sides, or two separate layers on each of the two sides.
  • Because the majority of replication facilities are set up to run high volumes of disc copying, they often make use of automatic processes for assembly and packaging of the discs.

The finished disc product functions the same, regardless of the creation process, so it’s a simple matter of deciding which process is better suited to the client needs.

Long Live the CD

on Sunday, 03 February 2013. cd duplication, cd replication, dvd duplication, dvd replication

Many people do not realize that the CD is actually still a worthwhile form of media. A lot of people think that the CD is on its way out because of music downloads. However, there are many great reasons why the CD will likely be around for years to come.

Why Downloads Can’t Replace CDs?

You might think that downloads are better than CDs, but they can’t replace them.

  • Lower quality
  • Most stereos do not allow for mp3 players
  • Most cars do not allow for mp3 players
  • Not all songs are available for legal download

If you want to listen to music in your car or home, you cannot beat a CD. Playing music from a computer is not nearly as satisfying as playing it on a stereo. You can’t turn it up as loud and the speakers are of lower quality.

You also cannot plug your headphones into your ears when you’re driving down the road, because you have to be able to hear what is going on around you. Unless you have a brand new car, you probably don’t have the capability to plug an mp3 player into the car speakers. These are just some of the reasons why CDs are better than mp3 players.

More Reasons for CDs

Even if you like downloading music, you may find that CDs are helpful for other reasons. For example, if you download a lot of music, you may want to back up your music files. Computers crash or become outdated all the time. You do not want to lose your music because you didn’t back it up. CDs are the perfect way to do this, because you can then use the CD on stereos or in your car, which makes it a usable backup source.

Another reason that CDs are helpful is that they are available everywhere. Anything you want can be found on a CD. You may not always be able to find what you are looking for on legal download sites. In addition, if you want to get music for someone as a gift, you cannot beat a CD. It is not legal to download music and burn it onto a CD for someone else’s use, but only for your own use. Therefore, if you want to give someone the gift of music legally, you have to buy them a CD.

The Best of Both Worlds

Buying CDs doesn’t have to seem like a waste of money. You can have the best of both worlds whether you download music or buy a CD. You can rip CDs onto your computer for downloading onto mp3 players, and the ripped copy of the song is much higher quality than that you download.

In addition, if you download music, you can burn it onto a CD for use in stereos and cars. By using both your computer and CDs, you can have the best of both worlds. There is no need to choose one or the other.

How to Store and Protect Your Discs

on Saturday, 02 February 2013. cd copy protection, cd data protection, cd duplication, cd replication, dvd duplication, dvd replication

When you have DVDs and CDs, you want to be certain that nothing will happen to them. This is especially true if they are your backup discs. Storing discs that you buy like music CDs or movies is easy because they come with a case. But when you are burning your own discs, you often buy the discs in bulk without cases. This can make the problem of storage more difficult.

Disc Storage Don’ts

The following items are things that many people do that are not good for discs, and should be avoided.

  • Don’t store in a stack of discs (such as the way they come)
  • Don’t store out in the open (protect from dust)
  • Don’t store your discs in paper envelopes
  • Don’t store discs in or on any hard surface

If you store your discs in any of these ways, you risk scratching the disc whenever it is moved or put in and out of storage. The best way to store discs is to keep them separated by cloth-like material or fabric that will protect the disc from scratching when it moves across the surface. This is the purpose of disc cases.

The Best Way to Store Your Discs

The best way to store your discs is in cases designed for this purpose. The cases come in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as materials of manufacture. The best cases for transport are the ones that have a hard shell. You can get cases that attach to your car visor for easy access while driving, but these cases do not really protect the discs if you want to take the case down from the visor.

Whatever type of case you get, you should make sure that the material that the disc rests in is fabric. The front of the disc can be covered in plastic, but the data side of the disc should be against something soft. This way if it is moved around in the case or when you take it out it does not get scratched. For some reason there are many cases out there made with plastic sleeves, and these are not good for storing and protecting your discs. A thin fabric is much better.

Why It is Important?

If you have spent a lot of money on music CDs and movies, you want to protect that investment to ensure that you don’t have to buy them again. However, protecting discs you burn is every bit as important. Discs cost money, and you don’t want to have to burn more than you have to.

In addition, if you backup your downloaded music onto discs, you want to be able to access that music in case of a computer crash or virus. If your computer dies and your discs are no good, you have lost your music and backing up profited you nothing. Even though downloads cost less than buying music CDs, it is still an investment worth protecting.

Introduction to CD / DVD Duplication

on Monday, 15 October 2012. cd duplication, dvd duplication

If you’re curious about how CDs and DVDs may be duplicated, you’ll enjoy this introduction to CD/DVD duplication. By detailing the most common methods of copying these discs, we’ll de-mystify the process so it’s much easier to understand.

The Three Methods of CD/DVD Duplication

Typically, CD duplication and DVD duplication are performed in one of three ways. The first way is via your own home computer. For example, if you have a master CD and you want a few more copies of it, you may use your PC’s CD burner to create these copies. However, this process doesn’t work too well if you need more than a few copies. Overall, it’s a pretty time-consuming and laborious way to do CD/DVD duplication.

The second method of CD printing happens when people use their own CD duplicator machines to create copies of master discs. These machines aren’t budget-friendly options, unless you tend to need CD and DVD copies on a regular basis. These machines work the same way that photocopiers do, providing users with copies that are usually of very good quality. However, the cost of buying a machine may not be wise financial investment for many people who want to burn some CDs or DVDs from home. Since these machines aren’t cheap, it’s often smarter to hire a company to do the job for you.

The third method of CD/DVD duplication is getting copies made through a professional CD/DVD duplication company. These companies will use your original disc to create perfect duplicates of your master using expensive burning towers which are not cost effective for the home user.

Why Not Let a Professional CD Duplication Company Do the Work for You?

Since the best CD printing companies have all of the right equipment, as well as the skills to get the job done right, they are able to create small, medium or large batches of CD/DVD copies very quickly and efficiently. Typically, orders for CD/DVD replication may be placed online. Once a client has accepted a quotation for services and confirmed his or her order, they will send in the master disc and any artwork.

Now that you know more about CD/DVD duplication, you’ll be ready to decide which process is best for your personal needs.

CD/DVD DuplicationTips – Should You Print at Home or Use a Company

Written by Lucy Scott on Tuesday, 09 October 2012. cd duplication, cd printing, dvd duplication, dvd printing

When it comes to CD/DVD duplication, you will be able to choose from a couple of options. The first option is home CD/DVD duplication, which has its pros and cons. The second option is outsourcing the task to a skilled CD/DVD duplication company that will do all of the time-consuming, tedious work for you.

To help you learn more about how home CD/DVD duplication compares to outsourced CD/DVD duplication, we’ve compiled a helpful quick guide:

Pros and Cons of Home CD/DVD Duplication - If you have a master CD or DVD and you want to make copies that you may sell or otherwise distribute to your target audience (of course, you may also want these copies for your own personal needs); you need to know the pros and cons of home CD/DVD duplication. When you use this method, you’ll need the right equipment, and this can get a bit expensive. However, if you can afford it, buying a CD duplicator, which functions like a photocopier for CDs and DVDs, may be a feasible option for you. These machines are fairly easy to use; however, they are rarely a cost-effective option for people who only need to copy CDs and DVDs occasionally.

If you can’t afford a home CD/DVD duplicator, you’ll need to burn copies one by one, using your home computer. Suffice is to say that when large numbers of CDs or DVDs are required, this isn’t a very pleasant task, as it will take hours upon hours to get the quantities that you need. However, if you don’t need to copy many CDs or DVDs, this is probably the most practical way to get the copies that you want.

Pros and Cons of Using a Company for CD Printing – When you need CD/DVD printing on a larger scale, hiring a company that performs CD/DVD duplication will be a very wise decision. This type of company may be accessed via the World Wide Web for total ease and convenience. You may also find companies that perform this task in your own community. Typically, prices for CD printing are not that high, which makes it possible to enjoy top-notch CD/DVD duplication for a very good price. Outsourcing this task to a professional, reputable company has very little downside. As long as you’re working with a trustworthy, experienced provider with a solid business reputation, you’ll access excellent copies, fast turnaround times, and great service. Companies can also do just the printing, leaving the discs blank for you to burn your own data.

As you can see, selecting a company to produce copies of your master CD or DVD is probably the best way to enjoy superior CD/DVD duplication and printing services. However, you may also do the job yourself, as long as you have the right equipment and many hours to spare.

What You Need to Know about CD/DVD Duplication in the UK

on Tuesday, 09 October 2012. cd duplication, cd duplication uk, dvd duplication, dvd duplication uk

If you have a master CD or DVD and you want copies of your disc made, you need to know how to get professional CD/DVD duplication in the UK. Today, the easiest way to get the expert service that you deserve is by ordering your copies via the World Wide Web.

The best UK CD duplication and replication companies will offer a host of CD printing and duplication services, and these companies will make it really easy for you to set up a duplication job through your own computer . Most of these services offer fast, free quotations, so it will be quite simple to shop around for a great deal.

Once you’ve found a reputable provider, you’ll be ready to place your order. At this point, you will mail your master CD or DVD to the company and then wait for your copies to be mailed to you. As you can see, the process of finding high-quality CD/DVD replication in the UK is not complicated. Many providers offer excellent prices and money-back guarantees to their clients.

How the Process Works?

CD/DVD duplication is the process of using blank CD-R discs and printing and duplicating your data on to them. CD/DVD replication begins when a glass master is made from your original disc. To create the glass master, which will be used to make all of your copies, UK CD replication technicians strip the master, clean it, dry it, and cover it with special primer. Then, the disc is baked before being exposed to lasers. This durable “glass” master may be used repeatedly to make plenty of copies. At this point, the glass master is utilized to create stampers which are put in the duplicator machine. CD copies mare made through hydraulic pressure and high-quality media discs.CD Duplication is for lower volumes and CD Replication is for high volume projects.

The second stage is the CD printing. Where depending on the quantity, either inkjet, thermal, offset or litho printing will be used.

Now that you know more about CD/DVD duplication in the UK, you’ll be ready to select the process and provider that is best for your needs and personal budget. By choosing a reputable provider with an excellent business reputation, you’ll get the quality that you need, without any hassle.

How to Find a Reputable CD/DVD Duplication Service Online

on Tuesday, 09 October 2012. cd duplication, cd duplication service, dvd duplication

If you’ve got a master CD or DVD that you need to copy, finding a reputable CD/DVD duplication service online will allow you get high-quality copies fast, for a very affordable price. However, before you select CD printing services via the World Wide Web, you should be aware that all CD/DVD duplication services are not created equal. To help you find a trustworthy CD duplication or CD replication service, we’ve compiled a helpful quick guide that lets you know exactly what to look for.

Live Quotes - The best companies will have a live price calculator allowing you to receive an instant price for any CD or DVD duplication or CD printing.

Easy, Secure Ordering – The best CD/DVD printing  and duplication services will make it really easy for you to access their services online. By offering you convenient, online ordering services that are safe and secure, they will make it possible for you to get what you need, right from the comfort and privacy of your own home or office. When you choose the right duplication service provider, all you’ll need to do is fill out an order form online to get a fast and efficient service.

Once you have placed your order, you’ll need to send in your master CD and any accompanying artwork by email. This fast, simple process will allow you get the copies that you need within days. To make sure you’re dealing with a good provider, check customer reviews of prospective CD/DVD duplication companies before you place your order.

Competitive Pricing – Comparison shop online by requesting a few quotations for CD replication services; then, choose the provider that offers you the best service and features at a price that you can really afford. Bear in mind that the lowest price isn’t always the best deal. Consider the overall reputations of various companies before you make a final decision, and don’t hesitate to pay a little bit more for the quality copies that you deserve.

Fast Turnaround Time – If you want your CD/DVD copies quickly, you need to find an online service provider that offers a fast turnaround time. Generally, most companies will give you  a tentative delivery date. This will allow you to decide whether or not a company will deliver the goods when you need them. 

Guarantees – To protect yourself, look for companies that back up their CD/DVD duplication services with money-back guarantees. This way, you’ll have recourse to have the project done again to  your satisfacation. Now that you know more about how to find a reputable CD/DVD duplication service online, you’ll be ready to enjoy professional CD/DVD copies that meet or exceed you expectations.