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Master Content  CD AUDIO, CD-ROM

As stated in our Terms of Business, all client-supplied Master content is considered to be received in final form - this means you have reviewed your Master content thoroughly and confirm it is formatted correctly and is ready to manufacture exactly as supplied.


 
 

Option 1 : Send Your Master Disc To Us
Option 2 : Upload Your Content - No Master Disc Proof (extra charge applies)
Option 3 : Upload Your Content - Includes Master Disc Proof (extra charge applies)

 

 

Option 1 : Send Your Master On Disc

Fee For This Service (if no modifications to the CDR are required): No Charge
Fee For This Service (if modifications to the CDR are required): $35

We prefer receiving your Master content on disc because it gives you the ability to review the disc thoroughly and ensure that it performs exactly as intended. Think of it as an actual 'proof' you need to approve for production use.

When you supply your Master content on disc we warrant that our duplicated or replicated copies will match the content/format of the disc you have supplied.

Very Important Points

1. Never send us your original Master... just send us copies. Ensure you keep your original production materials for safety and back-up purposes.

2. There are many different CD 'burning' programs on the market that are capable of creating both CD-ROM (data) discs as well as Audio discs, so make sure you format your disc correctly. If you want to create an Audio CD master you must format it as an Audio CD (not as a CD-ROM, which is data).

3. Make sure that your disc is finalized (ie: single session - disc at once) because supplying an 'open session' disc will lead to problems when we try to make the glass master and replication stamper from it.

4. Only use high-quality name-brand blank CDR media. Going with a cheap 'no name' brand isn't worth it.

5. Burn your Master(s) at the slowest possible speed to ensure the best possible image on the CDR.

6. Package your Master(s) appropriately to protect them during shipping. You'd be surprised how many Masters we get that are scratched and banged up and won't play... which naturally leads to the order being delayed while we wait for the new Master to arrive.

Test Your Master & Copies

1. An employee does not listen to or review your Masters to check for errors (no actual replicator/manufacturer does) because the only person qualified to know what your Master is supposed to sound like or how it is supposed to perform is you.

2. It is very important that you review to your Master and copies from beginning to end - all the way through - to ensure they perform EXACTLY as intended with no errors, skips, pops, fade-outs, etc.

3. Remember - the discs you are getting manufactured will be exact clones of the Master copies you provide to us, so whatever is on your Master copies will be on the finished product.

4. Be sure to test your Master and copies on different play-back units (car stereo, home stereo, portable CD player, computer, etc.), both old and new, just to make sure your files are formatted properly for the widest possible compatibility.

Standard File Format for Audio CD Replication

Before you make your Master your audio files should comply with the following red-book standard for CD replication:

File Format: WAV or AIF
Bits per sample, per channel: 16
Sample rate: 44.1Khz
Channels: 2 (stereo)
Maximum audio duration is 74 minutes.

When you create your Master ensure your burning software is set to CD Audio format and not as CDROM (which is data). If your Master is not created in CD Audio format it will not perform on all playback devices.

Meta-Data (CD Text and ISRC Codes)

CD Text can be used on audio CDs to store low bit-rate information such as the track title and artist name on the disc itself. Specific devices and applications that are able to read and display this information will recognize it, retrieve it and display it to the user.

CD Text is not visible on all players and programs! Certain applications such as iTunes and Windows Media Player only retrieve song/artist information from online databases... and not from the CD Text on your disc. Unfortunately this causes a lot of confusion and worry for clients because they think that there is something wrong with their discs.

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Adding Song Info Onto iTunes, WinAmp, etc.

Be aware that different software applications (ie: iTunes, Windows Media Player, WinAmp, etc.) may use different databases so you may have to enter your CD's information into more than one database if you want to get the broadest possible coverage.

iTunes accesses song/title information from its own database (not from the CD Text on your CD) so you must submit your own music for inclusion on their database.

You can also submit your CD meta-data information to the Gracenote music recognition service (originally known as CDDB). Once a CD's track listing is in their database, anyone playing that CD in their licensed player will have it recognized by the service. Keep in mind that it often takes up to 48 hours for a new submission to show up in the software application.

 

 

Option 2 Upload Your Content as .WAV or .AIFF Files  (extra charge applies)

Step 1: On your computer, place your audio files in a folder named with your Order Number, then 'Zip' or 'Stuff' the folder.
Step 2: Submit our online FTP Upload Form

Step 3: After submitting the 'Upload Form' you will automatically be forwarded to our FTP Upload webpage.
Step 4: Enter the information requested (including your Order Number) and upload your audio content to us.
Step 5: Submit our online Intellectual Property Release (IPR) Form.

What We Do: After we receive your audio content we will assemble your files based on the information you supplied on your Upload Form - this includes arranging the files in the correct order, confirming CD Text, and adding your supplied ISRC Codes if requested. Once completed, a cue sheet or a screenshot will be emailed to you so you can confirm that the work we performed is correct, and then we will require an emailed approval from you before we will proceed into production.

If Changes Are Required: After we have created/sent you the cue sheet or screenshot for your confirmation, you have one opportunity to request changes to be made for no extra charge. Subsequent requests for changes will incur a $10 fee applied per event.  

Important: Your audio files must be formatted/supplied as follows:

File format: .WAV or .AIFF
Bits per sample, per channel: 16
Sample rate: 44.1Khz
Channels: 2 (stereo)
Maximum audio duration for replicated CDs is 74 minutes (this includes gaps between songs).

Standard File Format for Audio CD Replication

Your audio files should comply with the following red-book standard for CD replication:  

File Format: WAV or AIF
Bits per sample, per channel: 16
Sample rate: 44.1Khz
Channels: 2 (stereo)
Maximum audio duration is 74 minutes.

Upload Your Files

Proceed To FTP Upload Page

 

 

Option 3Upload Your Content as a .DDP Image in Final Form (extra charge applies)

Fee for a duplication order of 1-299 units: $35
Fee for a replication order of 300+ units: $25

Step 1: On your computer, place your DDP files in a folder named with your Order Number, then 'Zip' or 'Stuff' the folder.
Step 2: Submit our online FTP Upload Form

Step 3: After submitting the 'Upload Form' you will automatically be forwarded to our FTP Upload webpage.
Step 4: Enter the information requested (including your Order Number) and upload your DDP to us.
Step 5: Submit our online Intellectual Property Release (IPR) Form.

What We Do: After we receive your DDP, a cue sheet or a screenshot will be emailed to you so you can confirm that the track listings and meta-data are correct. We will require an emailed approval from you before we will proceed with the DDP into production.

If Changes Are Required: If changes are required to your DDP after we have created/sent you the DDP cue sheet, you must revise and re-upload your DDP yourself. A $10 re-upload fee will be applied per re-upload.

Upload Your Files

Proceed To FTP Upload Page


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