|CD Duplication Explained
CD MANUFACTURING, CD
People are much more
familiar with the phrase "CD duplication" (as opposed to "CD
replication") because it just happens to be the same process
you perform on your home computer. Duplication is also
commonly referred to as 'burning' or 'copying' but it is
definitely not the same as 'replication'.
To put it simply, the
duplication software on your computer automatically copies
your selected content onto a pre-manufactured CDR (the 'R'
stands for 'recordable'). This is very simple and convenient
to do and makes a lot of sense when you only require a small
number of discs.
of CD Duplication
Because you don't require
any specialized equipment or training you can duplicate
discs on your personal computer.
The lack of set-up costs,
lack of set-up time, and low cost of blank CDR media means
duplication is very cost-effective for small quantities of
Modern computers and CDR
media are better quality than they used to be, so the
quality of duplicated discs is generally higher now than in
The only downside to
duplicating discs on your home computer is that it's not
particularly speedy, so companies such as CDwest.ca use
duplication towers that can burn a large number of discs at
the same time.
At CDwest.ca we provide
the most popular packaging alternatives for our duplicated
disc products including eco-friendly CD Digipak, CD Sleeves
and CD Jackets.
CD replication is the
professional standard for CD production but there are
minimum order requirements involved with replication that
might not suit your needs (at CDwet.ca our minimum order
requirements for CD replication is only 300 units).
When you require a
smaller number of discs or you need discs faster than
replication will allow, CD duplication is the obvious
choice. The quality of our duplicated discs is very good
because we don't use cheap economy-grade media and we 'burn'
the content onto the discs using state-of-the-art multi-disc
duplication towers at slow speed to ensure the best quality
disc image possible.
Printing on CDR Media
Our standard disc
printing solution for CDR media is using commercial grade
high-resolution CMYK inkjet printers. We stock special CDR
discs that have an inkjet suitable finish on them which
allows the ink to adhere to the disc. We stock these discs
with a natural/silver finish as well as a white finish,
depending on the needs of the client.
Because we are also a CD
replication plant, we can offer an upgrade to Silkscreen
Printing or CMYK Offset Printing to provide you with the
most professional print possible, but please note that an
extra charge will likely be required for the upgrade.
Creating Your Own Audio CD Master?
If you are creating your
own audio or music master for CD duplication (or
replication) we have created a list of important things you