A CD or Compact Disc is a device in which one can store digital data. Originally the CD was used solely to record play back songs. Later through modern technology it was improvised and any kind of data storage was possible. Today, we have CD ROM, rewriteable CDs, Video CDs, and audio CD players. A standard CD holds up to 80 minutes of uncompressed audio recording and spins on laser technology. Initially the CD was produced only to store data, but Sony and Phillips started recorded stored music which became very popular. Sony and Phillips were two companies that had the rights to manufacture and sell CDs. But CD Duplication became rampant in the early 90’s. No CD or DVD can play on any system except one that is compatible e.g. CD audio player will only play audio CDs.
From the very first step of cheap cd duplication and printing, up to the finishing process, only quality is provided for you. Professionals include certain tests that verify the integrity of each disc afterwards. So even if you need hundreds of CDs, you can still have peace of mind knowing that your requirement will be met.
It is always a good idea to send 2 copies of your CD master to the manufacturing facility. This can save vital time if there are problems reading one of the discs.
Only use a A grade CD-r disc for your master. Taiyo Yuden manufactured CD-r media is the best available in terms of low block error rate, error correction, and playback compatibility. Don’t mess around with other brands that are a few cents cheaper, they simply are not as good. Also, make sure to only use CD-recordable media, not CD-rewritable. Keep the total file size of your CD master to 695 megabytes or less and under 79 minutes for audio CDs.
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.
Choose a slower burning speed when creating a first-rate quality master. Avoid burning at a speed higher than 16x when creating music CDs or high quality DVD video.
For most new bands, they start off their advertising campaign by giving away their CDs to everyone they know. They generally choose 5 or 6 tunes and make a demo CD that is sometimes referred to as a pre-release “EP”. The most economical way to make this type of CD is to buy a “fast demo pack” or “promotional CD”. This consists of a silver CDR with black thermal printing on the face, slipped into a slim line jewel case. It’s an easy and economical way of putting your music out there, without breaking the bank. Handing out the promo when your band plays at different venues helps introduce your music and gets the word out.
Next is, are you going to do the cd duplication on your own or are you turning to a duplication technology. It’s a great idea to turn to a disc duplication company with the advance expertise and technology, which can then give you error-free audio CDs with a very fast turnaround. Most manufacturers will recommend making duplicates at 50% of the maximum speed capacity of the drive. This can lead to error-free data and the best audio quality. Most commercial custom duplication services can use 300 recorders at one time, which can lessen the time spent during burning. The blank CDs you use also play a great factor. Make sure you use only grade-A media, so your audio CDs will come out great.