Get Your Master Ready
The CD & DVD duplication process may seem complicated but it is quite simple. Further, it is the process of manufacturing or replicating the content of one CD or DVD, which is called a master, onto a blank CD or DVD. Disc duplication is analogous to stamping an envelope. You have a stamp, which is tantamount to the master, and you stamp onto a piece of paper, the exact image you wish to reproduce. This process is also done in silk-screening as well. More specifically, the master copy will be the main source of content that you will use and continue to use throughout the duplication process.
However, if you are in the process of burning DVDs from home, then your master can also be a digital copy. To be sure, a master can be a CD, vinyl record, tape cassette or digital copy. The same thing occurs with all masters, despite their source material, they are all used in the process of duplicating the content onto a new source such as a CD.
To be sure, unless you have a vinyl manufacturing plant at home, you will need to submit your master to a record plant, if you wish to have vinyl manufacturing done, from your master. This is also much more expensive than CD/DVD duplication.
Do It Yourself Or Have It Done For You
The beauty of digital duplication is that you can do this at home using a fast and reliable burning software. In the past, the only source material available was vinyl records. In this process, you would have to go to a sophisticated record plant, where the plate and lacquer would provide the master for more vinyl records to be made. However, this is no longer the case, if you wish to burn or duplicate CDs. In fact, you can do this process of manufacturing and production at home. It may take you longer, if you have a decent quantity to produce.
But, you have a few options.
- You can buy the machinery needed to duplicate your CDs at home
- or you can send them in to a CD replicating plant to have it done for you.
Both provide you with quality rendering, however, if you are on a time crunch, then you may want to consider having it done on special or rush order at a CD manufacturing plant. The difference of cost between factory manufacturing and at home duplication comes down to the labor and equipment. However, once you purchase the equipment needed to do duplicating at home, the labor is free, since you are the one that will be doing it.
Artwork Can Come Later
Now, once all the manufacturing is done, you can get to the fun part. After you have transferred all of the content from you master onto the subsequent source material, such as a CD, you are now ready for making the artwork. There are many ways you can go about this process to make it creative, interesting and relatively low-cost. For example, you can etch the discs, digitally create artwork, use a disc label software, use stencils, have them silk-screened or you can custom-order them from a CD manufacturing plant, if you do not do it at home. Above all, you have many choices to create a unique product for you audio material.
This is a guest post from Jack Collins who works with the short run cd duplication team at CD Technical. He shares information about technology, software and cd/dvd duplication tips via blogging.