When it comes to CD duplication, image is everything. I am not saying that your CD has to look like Universal Records distributed it, but there should be some level of professionalism used when designing the graphics. Most artists plan to duplicate their demos and give them away to the public free of charge. Artists that give free Cd’s away experience a loss of income in exchange for advertising their music, and therefore will try to spend as little as possible when manufacturing the discs.
Wait! Before going to the dvd duplication services company of your choice, be sure to keep these tips in mind. These tips will eliminate headache, delay, stress and costly mistakes. Most of these tips may seem like common sense, but after ten years in the optical disc duplication and printing business I can say most people forget the basics when submitting their CD masters.
Most CD copy services in addition offer full colour printing on the CDs, normally making use of your own bespoke graphics which can be uploaded to their website. Make sure the CDs used are grade A media to get the best quality print finish. Some companies also print CD inserts and booklets however these are extras and will be an addition towards the duplication fee.
Audio CD vs Mp3 CD; There is a difference between a Audio CD and a Mp3 CD. If you intend your Music CD to play in every CD player (car, home stereo, etc) be sure your CD is formatted to the Red Book Audio CD standard. Every disc burning program is capable of producing this Red Book standard. If you desire a Mp3 CD, realize that some people may not be able to listen to your audio files in a standard CD player (car, home stereo, etc). The Mp3 CD will most likely have to be played back on a computer or CD player that is Mp3 compatible.
One method I personally use to find an ideal CD and DVD Duplication service provider (or any other service provider) is through ASKING. I call up people I know (friends, relatives, neighbors, colleagues, business associates) and ask for some references. More than often, I get them.
CD Wallets – You can try out some innovative shapes for your CD wallets. You can try to shape it round or like a triangle to create an impression in the minds of the listeners.
Cross Platform Check; Be sure to check your Data CD-ROM master on both PC and MAC formats. Files may not work or play correctly across different operating systems.
Here’s a quick tip. If you ever want to use services for replication or disc duplication, don’t just upload or email the data to the company. There’s a chance that the data or media can be corrupted when they are transferred, and will not be picked up until the end user gets it.