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					I remember the time when my band made our very first album. We were so clueless of
the whole process of music production- from recording, mastering, to creating a band
artwork that it took us a lot of time and effort. CD duplication might seem like the
most unimportant(thus, easiest) step in the process but trust me, it should not be
underestimated. After recording our music, someone said 鈥測 es! We 鈥檙 e done 鈥
濃€︹€漮 h, except for CD duplication 鈥 ut that 鈥檚 the easiest part 鈥? Turns out,
CD duplication is a bit complicated for first-timers. In order to avoid delays and
unpleasant surprises, here are some of the things you need to know about CD
duplication.
  CD duplication usually takes 2-3 days from approval of artwork. If you don 鈥檛
want to avoid delays, then better prepare your artwork while you 鈥檙 e recording
your music so that once you 鈥檙 e done with recording and mastering, you 鈥檙 e
artwork 鈥檚 already ready for reproduction.
  The artwork is usually the cause of delay. As I 鈥檝 e said, you should prepare the
artwork beforehand. This doesn 鈥檛 only include the picture and the text, there are
lots of concerns when making album artwork. You have to make sure that you follow
the template (with the right dimensions) of the case you 鈥檒 l be using. You can ask
the CD duplication house of their templates and send it to your designer. You might
also need to ask your distributor of their standards in packaging and whether they
have additional requirements. CD duplication is not the same as CD replication. CD
replication is the better choice and is usually preferred by big artists. It is said to have
better sound quality compared to duplicated CDs but the difference is almost
impossible to tell. CD duplication is similar to burning CDs from a desktop computer.
The data is ripped and copied to a blank CD. CD duplication is recommended if you
only need a few CDs (500 units or less) because it 鈥檚 cheaper and faster. There are
companies who offer short-run CD duplication if you want to test market your music
first or if you need additional CDs. The minimum units for short run CD duplication
is 100 and the turnaround time is 1 day. Everything will be copied to perfection. If
you have code and type errors, then expect to see them in each of the 1,000 CDs you
have duplicated. Make sure you check each section, each word, each letter of your
booklet and CD packaging before giving a go signal to your CD duplication company.
Although they will check for errors, you are 100% responsible for the content. Before
sending anything, make sure you have included every name that you need to give
credit, make sure the fonts are the same in every page, make sure the lay-out is perfect,
etc. CD duplication is in fact so easy if you know how it works and you have the
necessary requirements. Take time to read about it and make a checklist of things to
bring and think about while you 鈥檙 e still weeks away from recording. Contact your
CD duplication company so you would know what to expect from them and so you
can prepare the specific requirements for your project.
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