Articles tagged with: cd replication

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.