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
Never send us your
original Master... just send us copies. Ensure you keep your
original production materials for safety and back-up
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).
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
Only use high-quality
name-brand blank CDR media. Going with a cheap 'no name'
brand isn't worth it.
Burn your Master(s) at
the slowest possible speed to ensure the best possible image
on the CDR.
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
Master & Copies
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.
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.
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.
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.
File Format for Audio CD Replication
Before you make your Master your audio files
should comply with the following red-book standard for CD
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
(CD Text and ISRC Codes)
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.
NEED HELP WITH META-DATA?
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.
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.