Duplicating Within Your Budget
If you plan to produce, market, and sell your own
CDs, you have the need for high quality CD
duplication. If you have the need for great
quality and great prices, you should thing about
things before you turn to one company to do all
of the duplicating for you.
No matter what you use it for, CD duplication is
an expense that shouldn't take over your budget
at all. Below, you'll find several tips on how
to keep duplication within your budget.
1. Shop with comparison
All companies out there need to able to find the
company that is going to give them the best possible
price. If you have access to the internet, you
can do this online. Look from one company to
another until you find the best price that fits
2. Keep within your budget
Although this is easier said than done, it's
very important to find a company that can work
within your budget or you'll need to get a bigger
budget. Even though you may not realize it now,
doing these types of things on credit can hurt
you later on down the road.
If your music or other CDs mean a lot to you,
then you should put them in the hands of a reliable
duplicator - and never skimp on quality. Always
make sure you a guarantee of the quality of their
work as well, to protect yourself.
CD duplication is a must have for the movie and
music business. There's no doubt that you need
this type of service, although you should take the
time to find the best company for the job. When
it comes to developing your product - you'll
want to have only the best.
Storing Your Cds
There are many different storage alternatives for
your CD collection. The factors for storage include
how many CDs you own and how long you plan to keep
Below, you will find several alternatives for
storing your CDs:
1. CD jewel cases
You have probably owned these before, as they are
the most common. They can hold your CD cover art and
are very easy to line up on a shelf. Keep in mind
that they do break rather easily and they take up
quite a bit of space.
2. Plastic CD sleeves
Plastic sleeves are cheap and thin, so they are
easy to afford and easy on shelf space. Since they
are so thin, they obviously don't offer a lot in
terms of protection. For long term storage, they
generally aren't recommended.
3. Paper sleeves
For short term storage needs, paper is very cheap
and doesn't use much space. Simliar to plastic
sleeves, paper is thin and doesn't offer very
4. Paperboard sleeves
Paperboard sleeves are much thicker than paper so
they will protect your discs. They are also
inexpensive, although they can be hard to seal.
5. Tyvek CD sleeves
Tyvek sleeves are cheap and they don't take up
a lot of space. For long term storage, Tyvek is
6. CD-ROM disc cases
These types of cases can hold a lot of CDs in a
small space and they may even help to keep out
dust. They do however, make reading labels a bit
hard, they keep CDs out of site, and they will
take up a lot of space.
7. CD spindles
Spindles are cheap and they hold several hundred
CDs in a small stack. Sorting through them is
hard if you need one specific disk, which makes
it something that isn't normally recommended.
Copy Like A Professional
Anyone who has burned CDs in the past has had to
have encountered this problem - your CD doesn't
want to play in certain CD players. You've probably
tried switching to a different brand of disks,
switching the writing speed of your CD burning
software, and yet nothing seems to work.
Most professional CDs that are purchased from a
retail outlet such as Circuit City or Best Buy
works in any type of CD player, which probably makes
you wonder what they are doing that your not. All
of us wonder this, especially when out duplicated
CDs don't want to play back like they should.
Much to the contrary, it's because the music
industry burns their CDs differently. Instead
of simply duplicating CDs, the music industry
chooses to replicate CDs. Even though the
terminology may seem synonymous, the process is
actually totally different.
CD replication is used for the mass production of
CDs, which is normally more than 500. Instead
of writing the data to a CD using a laser as
with duplication, CD replication uses a glass
master to stamp (or press) the data onto the
disc. This helps to eliminate almost all of the
issues associated with playability that are
encountered when burning CDs at home. CD
replication is a far superior process of burning
Important to note, is the superior quality of
CDs that are pressed using replication doesn't
come cheap. Even when using independant CD
duplication companies such as Absolute Disc or
Oasis, there is still going to be a very high
cost associated with the replication of disks.
For your next project, try having your CDs
replicated rather than duplicated. This will
ensure your project is very high quality, even
though you'll need to order more than 500 CDs
to recive this process.
How To Copy Cds
Copying CDs is something that is very popular now more
than ever. When CD burners and duplication was first
introduced, people caught on although it wasn't nearly
as popular as it is today. These days, millions of
people throughout the world copy audio, data, and
even video to CDs.
To make a copy of a CD, you'll need a master to copy,
a blank disk, a CD-RW drive, and the proper software.
Most newer computers include either a CD-RW or DVD-RW
drive. If your computer is older, you'll need to go
out and buy the drive, which doesn't cost much money
and is very easy to install.
If you have a DVD-RW drive, you'll be able to copy
both CDs and DVDs. The rate of copying will vary,
with 4X being the slowest and up to 48X being the
fastest. If your drive supports 48X, you can duplicate
a CD in a matter of minutes.
Once you have the CD-RW or DVD-RW drive and some
blank CD-R media, all you need is the software to
duplicate. Nero is among the most popular, as well
as Sonic Record Now and Easy CD Creator. There are
many different types out there, from those that cost
money to the freeware software that doesn't cost
anything to use.
Once you have everything you need, simply run the
software and create your disk. You can copy many
types of media, including pictures, video, audio,
and even data from your computer. Depending on what
you want to copy, all need to do is select it from the
software menu and let it rip.
CD duplication is a lot of fun and easy for everyone
to learn as well. You can back up a lot of things,
or just save pictures of your special memories - the
choices are entirely up to you.
Several years ago, CD-R media and CD burners were
never imagined. Computers were just reached the
GHz speed, with Pentium 1 just starting to reach
the horizons. Floppy disks were the ideal way to
store data, even though it took several of them to
store most types of information. Looking at things
today, you can see at a glance just how far technology
has come over the years.
These days, computers are in 2 out of 3 homes
across the world, with almost everyone owning one.
CD burners and CD-RW drives are just as popular,
with everyone realizing just how much money they
can save by burning their own disks and copying
their own media.
There are so many benefits to CD duplication and
CD-R disks that it's mind boggling. If you've
never owned a CD-RW drive or dealt with CD-R media,
you'd be amazed with everything you can do. CD
media helps to simply life as we know it and make
things easier than ever before.
The theory of CD-R duplication is priceless. Writers,
those that are self employed, musicians, small
businesses, hobbyists, and even fortune 500
companies can all benefit from the brilliance
behind CD-R technology. Not only to do they
save you quite a bit of time, but they are
also very affordable while providing you many
CD-R media is used to store files and important
security documentation. The media disks are
widely used in the computer field to conveniently
backup software and data on disc. Musicians
as well choose to use CD-R duplication as an
affordable marketing and promotion tool to get
their music out to those who want it.
Even the corporate world as well, uses CD-Rs as
a cost effective way of mass producing training
videos and as an aid in converting to the
ideal paperless office. You can also use CD-Rs
as a business card, as they are smaller than
a credit card and store all of your memorable
business card information.
With everything they offer you, CD media is
truly something you can't live without. The
disks are small and easy to store, yet they
will hold an impressive amount of information.
For all of your audio, storage, or backup needs,
rest assured that CD-R media can help you meet
your demands. The disks will last a lifetime,
making them perfect for special memories. If
you have the need for storage or saving data
and pictures, CD media is the way to go to
ensure that your precious files will be there
each and every time you need them.
Differences Between Cd Dvd Media
Even though both CD and DVD disks have the same
media size and shape, the things they have in
common ends there. There are many different
things between the two, such as what they hold
and how much they hold.
Data pits and lasers
A disc has microscopic grooves that will move
along in a spiral around the disc. CDs and
DVDs both have these grooves, with laser breams
applied to scan these very grooves.
As you may know, digital information is represented
in ones and zeroes. Inside of these discs, very
tiny reflective bumps known as lands and non
reflective holes known as pits, which can be
found beside the grooves, reflect both the ones
and the zeroes of digital information.
By reducing the wave length of the laser to 625mm
or more infrared light, DVD technology has
managed to write in smaller pits when compared
to the standard technology of CD. This will
allow for a greater amount of data per track
on the DVD. The minimum length allowed for a
pit in a single layer DVD-R is .4 micron, which
is obviously more than the .0834 micron that a
The tracks of a DVD are narrower as well, which
allows for more tracks per disc, which also
translates into more capacity than a CD. The
avaerage single layer DVD holds 4.5 GB of data,
while a CD holds a mere 700 MB.
As stated above, a DVD has smaller pits and the
lasers need to focus on them. This is actually
achieved by using a thinner plastic substrate
than in a CD, which means that the laser needs
to pass through a thinner layer, with less
depth to reach the pits. It's this reduction in
thickness that's responsible for the discs
that were only 0.6mm thickness - which is half
that of a CD.
Data access speed
DVDs will access data at a much faster rate than
a CD can. The average 32X CD-ROM drive reads
data at 4MB a second, while a 1X DVD drive reads
at 1.38MB a second. This is even faster than
an 8X CD drive.
Universal data format
The recording formats of CDs and DVDs are quite
different, as DVDs use UDF, or the Universal
Data Format. This format allows data, video,
audio, or even a combination of all three to
be stored in a single file structure. The
advantage to this is any file can be accessed
by any drive, computer, or even consumer video.
CDs on the other hand aren't compatible with
Factors In Cd Duplication
The process of writing data to a recordable CD can
be a complex process, as it demands a lot from both
hardware and software programs. Much of this
complexity is hidden from the user by the program,
although you should be aware of these factors.
The total amount of data you are writing is much
less important than whether or not it contains large
or several small files. If there are a lot of
small files, the system may have problems with
locating and opening the files quickly enough to
send them smoothly to the CD recording drive.
Any interruption that may occur is fatal to CD
duplication, so you should ensure that your
CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT don't load any TSR
utilities which may interrupt operations. Screen
savers, alarms and reminders, or incoming faxes
may also kill disc writing. You should also turn
off network sharing so no one will access the files
that you are trying to write, as this could also
kill your disc recording.
Hard Disk Speed
To write an image to the CD, the hard disk from
which you are writing must have a transfer rate
that is fast enough to keep the memory buffer full
in the CD recorder. This normally means an average
hard disk access time of 19 MS or better.
If your hard drive has to search everywhere over
a fragmented hard drive for the data to be written,
it can cause the operation to slow down or even
cause a fatal error. Therefore, always be sure to
fragment your hard disk drive.
Most new CD recorders and even some older ones,
are capable of writing at two (sometimes even four)
times the standard playback. It should be possible
for you to select the speed; as even though fast
recording is a time saver, it can also cause some
When you copy an ISO (image file) from the hard
disk to a CD, the speed is rarely a problem as the
image is already one large file in which the
files and structures are already in order and
divided into CD-ROM sectors.
When you write from a virtual image, things can
get a bit trickier. In order to copy to CD, the
program must consult with the database to find
where each file should go in the image and where
it is actually stored on the hard disk drive.
Then, it must open the file, divide it into CD-ROM
sectors, at the same time sending the data in a
smooth continuous stream to the recorder. Locating
and opening the file is a bit more time consuming,
as writing is more difficult if you have a lot
of small files.
Copy Cds And Save Money
Just a short while ago, the only people who had
access to CD duplication were professional musicians,
record company executives, and the higher end
recording studios. As technology increased and
became more affordable, private CD duplication
companies began to pop up all over the United States
and other major music centers throughout the country.
These days, CD duplication has never been more
accessible or more affordable. Most home computers
and laptops come with a CD-RW burner and software
that is very user friendly, making CD duplication
Even if you are new to computers, you'll find
CD duplication very easy to figure out. You don't
have to be a computer expert to use the CD-RW
burner or the software, as most of it is self
explanitory. All you need to do is give it a run
and see easy things actually are.
Those who are needing a large quantity of CDs
duplicated or simply wish to have a professional
company burn their CDs, there are several out there
that offer great rates, package deals, and quality
recordings. You can get as many as you want, with
quality that matches that of the master copy.
Most CD duplication companies offer packages that
will include inserts, tray cards, and even
packaging should you choose to take your duplicates
to retail sale.
You can also choose to have your graphic work
imprinted on the inserts or have the CD duplication
company design a totally new design for your very
product. If you are worried about the inventory,
barcodes can be imprinted on the CD case or the
sleeve by the same company.
For whatever duplication needs you may have, there
are companies out there that offer duplication or
you can do it yourself. Either way you choose,
you'll get the copies you need in no time at all.
Benefits Of Cd Duplication
The process of CD duplication is the means of making
several copies of CDs of various types without
doing a replication of many. The term is used to
describe the need and use of short run quantity
copying of various types of CDs. Most CD
duplication is done for quantities under 500.
The value and quality of the duplicate is high,
with the sound quality being very good and matching
the quality of the original. There are many benefits
to CD duplication, including:
1. Its less expensive to do CD duplication
than it is to do a full replication, especially when
the demands are much lower.
2. In most cases, during a replication there
will be a minimum amount that is actually more than
needed. By using CD duplication, you can actually
eliminate this extra replication.
3. Believe it or not, it can actually be
much faster to use CD duplication than a full CD
There are other things that can cause you to take a
second look as well. With most cases, CD duplication
will cost more per CD than that of a full run
replication. In the long run however, this may still
be much lower. Not all will look like the original
either, as some will have blue or even black
burn marks on them that make them appear to be
CD duplication, never the less, is a widely used
system of replicating CD's in a very effective and
timely manner. The technology is always improving
as well, so you can look for updates in the quality
of CD duplication systems as well - which is great
news for those who enjoy CD duplication.
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