CD Duplication

The CD Burner

Many years ago, owning a copy of your favorite singer
or band would mean going to a retail store or buying
from an online website. With the average song
count, you would spend at least $10. If you were
one of those who couldn’t afford to buy a CD, you
would probably have to wait for the local radio
station to play the songs you liked.

These days however, several music download shareware
programs make it possible to get your favorite
songs directly from other uses without having to
go out and buy them. These programs will store
the songs you download to your hard drive, or
transfer it to your MP3 player if you prefer.

If you prefer to keep a complete collection of
the songs by storing them to a disc, you’ll need
one piece of equipment for your computer – a CD
burner.

The CD burner comes in two forms: internal and
external. External CD burners don’t need to be
attached to your CPU, and they can be connected
to your computer through a USB port with its own
power source. The internal type of CD burner
is the one that attaches to your CPU and fits
on the inside of your computer tower.

The CD burner is quite the piece of equipment
to have, as it can copy from one CD to another
or even from a hard drive to a blank CD, and
vice versa as well.

To use your CD player, you’ll need to have
software. You can find some types of this
software available to download for free on the
internet. Some great examples include ISO
Recorder, Deep Burner, and Windows Media Player.

If you prefer, you can also purchase quality
programs as well. Some examples of these include
Nero, Roxio, and Sonic Record Now. The programs
that are free have the same burning capacity,
although those that cost money will give you
more features and overall flexibility.

Keep in mind that CD burners aren’t limited to
only copying audio. You can also use it to
copy document files, programs, games, videos,
MP3, and many other types of files.

The burners with DVD burning capabilities will
enable you to copy your favorite DVD to another
CD in case you want to share it with a friend
or back it up. You can also burn a movie to
DVD if you downloaded it off the internet,
then watch it on your television or computer.

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Storing Your CDs

There are many different storage alternatives for
your CD collection. The factors for storage include
how many CDs you own and how long you plan to keep
them.

Below, you will find several alternatives for
storing your CDs:

1. CD jewel cases
You have probably owned these before, as they are
the most common. They can hold your CD cover art and
are very easy to line up on a shelf. Keep in mind
that they do break rather easily and they take up
quite a bit of space.

2. Plastic CD sleeves
Plastic sleeves are cheap and thin, so they are
easy to afford and easy on shelf space. Since they
are so thin, they obviously don’t offer a lot in
terms of protection. For long term storage, they
generally aren’t recommended.

3. Paper sleeves
For short term storage needs, paper is very cheap
and doesn’t use much space. Simliar to plastic
sleeves, paper is thin and doesn’t offer very
much protection.

4. Paperboard sleeves
Paperboard sleeves are much thicker than paper so
they will protect your discs. They are also
inexpensive, although they can be hard to seal.

5. Tyvek CD sleeves
Tyvek sleeves are cheap and they don’t take up
a lot of space. For long term storage, Tyvek is
normally recommended.

6. CD-ROM disc cases
These types of cases can hold a lot of CDs in a
small space and they may even help to keep out
dust. They do however, make reading labels a bit
hard, they keep CDs out of site, and they will
take up a lot of space.

7. CD spindles
Spindles are cheap and they hold several hundred
CDs in a small stack. Sorting through them is
hard if you need one specific disk, which makes
it something that isn’t normally recommended.

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Quality At A Cheap Price

There has never been a better time than now to have
your audio book, music project, computer data, or
CD-R business card duplicated. Unlike the days gone
by, these processes are cheaper than ever before -
even for those on a budget.

Over the last several years, the costs of blank CDs
have dropped quite a bit. The retail chains such
as Office Max, Staples, and Best Buy run specials
on blank CDs where you can purchase a 50 CD-R spindle
for under $20. You can even find similar deals
on Froogle, such as a 50 pack spindle of blank CD-R
disks for less than $12.

Those interested in CD duplication at home, will find
that many of the newer computers come packages with
a CD burner included at prices under $500. If you
already own a computer and want to add an internal
CD burner, several retailers have brands for under
$50. You can also purchase an external CD burner
for all your needs for under $100.

Making cheap duplications of CDs even more affordable
are the powerhouses such as DiscMakers, Oasis,
and CDman, all of whom specialize in duplicating
large quantities of CDs at low prices. Not only
do these powerhouses offer superior quality at
a great price, but they also give great deals
on graphics, CD inserts, and jewel cases as well.

With cheap prices, you can get everything you need
at a price you can’t argue with. If you’ve
copied CDs in the past, you can quit paying high
costs and save yourself a ton of money. Those
who offer CD duplication at a cheap price are
great at what they do – saving you a ton of money
for your CD duplication needs.

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Preparation Tips

The master CD or DVD disk, is the one you will
provide to your CD or DVD vendor for either
replication or duplication of the media. Below,
you will find some tips designed to help you
create a high quality master disc:

1. Always use the highest quality media that you
can obtain, as all media isn’t the same. Do
your research, take your time, then choose a
brand that will produce a high quality disc each
and every time you duplicate or replicate.

2. Avoid copying from a network source. If the
source files for your disk are on a network
drive, copy the files to your local disk before
you burn a disc. If you can’t move the files
to your local drive, try using the copy to hard
drive first feature. When doing this, your
burning software will create a temporary image
file during the burning process. Once the
burning has been completed, the temporary file
will be deleted.

3. You should always avoid burning on a laptop
computer that is running on low battery power.
The fluctations that will occur in the available
battery power may cause you to have poor results
in your duplication.

4. Always make sure that you finalize your
disc. If you fail to finalize, the disc won’t
play back. Finalizing will also help increase
the reading compability in other CD-ROM drives.

5. Never use the packet writing method to burn
a master disc. This method is very common with
burning drives that have re-writing capabilities.
This method will produce discs that can’t be
read on many CD-ROM drives.

6. Avoid any type of impact or movement of the
drive during burning. Doing so can cause the
laser to skip or jump tracks, which will lead
to errors or a bad disc.

7. If available, use the « burn-proof » feature.
This feature will allow the drive to slow
down the burn speed in the event the computer
can’t supply the data fast enough. Although
this can increase the burn time, the quality
of the disc will be much better.

8. You should avoid having multiple applications
open when burning, especially those that
access the Internet or a network. This can
hinder your computer’s ability to supply data
to the burner drive at the necessary rate.

If you follow the above tips, you should
produce a master disc of excellent quality. A
master disc is something you’ll want perfect,
which is why you shouldn’t take any risks.

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Musicians And CD Duplication

These days, technology is always available for any
inspiring musician to record, create, and even
duplicate CDs. The duplication of CDs will involve
CD-R media. CD-R media prices have dropped a lot
over the last several years, making them affordable
for anyone who wants to use them.

If your band is ready to start selling CDs, your
best option may be to have your CDs replicated.
Replicated CDs are the same CDs that you’ll find
in music stores by major label artists. They all
have excellent artwork printed on the CD inserts,
nice tray card inserts, screened art on the CD,
and they are even shrink wrapped.

The retail CDs that you buy aren’t duplicated, they
are replicated. This means that an exact replica
of your master CD has been stamped out on all of
the other CDs. If you are serious about selling
your music for profit, replication is the way to
go.

The fact is, most stores simply won’t sell duplicated
CDs. Duplicated CDs can be against the law,
which is the main reason retail stores simply
won’t carry them. Replicated CDs let the stores
know that the CD is legit, and they will almost
always carry those CDs.

For musicians and inspiring bands, CD duplication
can tend to be a bit more expensive than that
of replication. To duplicate CDs, you need a
computer with a CD burner, your CD-R media, cases,
and a lot of man hours.

With CD replication, you can get many more copies,
professional artwork, a barcode for inventory, and
cases included. Replication is obviously to
expensive for those looking to simply back up
pictures and data on a personal computer, although
the prices are just right for musicians looking
to make profit off of their CDs.

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Music CD-R And Data CD-R

People who are new to computers and duplication, will
sometims confuse CD-R music media with CD-R data
media. While confusing them is easy to do, the
two are different indeed. Even if you have some
experience with computers, confusing them is very
easy to do.

As you may or may not know, there are differences
between music CD-R and data CD-R disks. The obvious
difference is, of course, the name. With one
named CD-R music and one named CD-R data, you
know there has to be some type of difference
between the two.

What’s known is that there are indeed technical
differences in what is embedded in blank music
CDs when compared to blank data CDs. These
differences center upon bytes that are within
the sub channels of the blank music disks.

This doesn’t affect the quality, as both audio
and data can be duplicated onto both music CD-R
disks and data CD-R disks. You can burn data onto
music CD-R, and music onto data CD-R media
without any problems. Keep in mind, whether or
not you get data on a music CD-R will depend
on what type of hardware you use to duplicate
the CD.

If you plan to use a PC to do all of your burning,
it won’t matter. A PC doesn’t differentiate
between music CD-R and data CD-R. PCs will see
a blank media CD and duplicate information on it
that pertains to the settings you have outlined
in the software you plan to use to burn the CD.

If you plan to use a seperate CD burner, it
may or may not let you burn data or music on
a generic blank or data CD-R. Some hardware
are funny like that, as they only want you to
use blank media with well known brand names
that they have approved of.

If you plan to do most of your CD duplication
on a computer, it really doesn’t matter which
type of blank CD-R you use. They will both
work fine in most cases when you store either
music or data. When storing data, you have a
limit of 700 MB, while music will have a limit
of a little over an hour of tunes.

For your duplication needs, computers are the
ideal way to copy media. You can use equipment
outside of a computer and CD burner, although
you’ll need to check the operations manual
and see what they recommend for media. If you
have a computer or access to one, it can do
wonders in the areas of music and data CD-R
duplication.

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Intro To CD Mastering

Even though many assume that the mixing of the
seperate audio tracks is the final step, a recording
should always be mastered well in order to sound
great. CD mastering is the final chance for
creative input when you create a compact disc.
After the discs has been mastered, it can be printed,
reproduced, and then sold.

The process of mastering a CD actually involves
several steps. The first step is putting the songs,
or tracks at this point in the correct order. The
length of time between the songs is also adjusted,
along with the editing of the songs. Any unlisted
or secret songs on the CD are normally added at
this point as well.

There are several ways that you can go about
mastering a CD. First of all, the mix can be
sent to a professional CD mastering engineer,
which is what professional musicians normally
decide to do.

The mastering engineers will often work in their
own mastering facilities, which are very different
from standard studios, in the fact that they have
much less gear and are designed for the best
possible playback of the mix as possible in
order to fix anything that’s wrong.

Aside from mastering engineers, CDs can also be
mastered at home using computer software. This
option is normally more realistic for unsigned
artists or musicians who are just starting out
with their music. Depending on the software
quality and skill of the individual doing the
mastering, the CD may turn out perfect or it
may sound very unprofessional.

You can also refer to online CD mastering as
another option. Cds that are mastered online
can be great, as instead of sending a mix to a
mastering engineer, the mix is instead sent
via the Internet. To do this, you’ll need a
high speed Internet connection.

The cheapest way to go about mastering a CD is
with free mastering. Artists and musicians may
choose to use free mastering programs with
demos or other earlier recordings that artists
will use to send to major record labels to
generate some interest in their music.

The major differences with a professional CD
and an amateur recording is normally found in
the mastering. Every song that you hear played
on the radio is thoroughly mastered in order
to sound better.

While you can master using free programs or
your computer, a professional CD mastering
engineer is normally the best way to do business
if your band is looking to make a profit from
your music.

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Intro To CD Duplication

The first thing you must know, is that there are many
different types of CD duplication. Some of them happen
to be illegal, which is why you’ll need to make sure
that the CDs you are duplicating are allowed by local
laws and regulations.

The CD duplication process is basically taking one
CD and making a copy of it, or if you prefer, many
copies of it. A CD can store information of many
forms, such as pictures, movies, data, and even
music. Therefore, you’ll need to determine which type
of duplication you are interested in.

You’ll also need to think about how many copies you
plan to make as well, as the costs of equipment will
vary. Most computers that you buy these days will
come with a CD-RW drive, and the software you’ll
need to make copies of the CD disks.

CD duplication is very easy to do, as you all you have
to do is a few clicks. Even if you are new to
computers, you’ll find that duplicating CDs is one
of the easiest things you’ll do with your computer.

With the common software, you can copy an audio or
even a data disk in just a few minutes. The most
common program is Nero, as it does wonders for CD
duplication and CD-RW drives. If you have access
to Nero, you’ll find it very easy to use and very
handy to have installed on your computer.

Once you begin to copy CDs, you can make copies of
your audio CDs, back up your computer, even make
copies of your pictures. The sky is the limit with
CD duplication – which is the main reason it has
become so popular over the years.

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How To Copy CDs

Copying CDs is something that is very popular now more
than ever. When CD burners and duplication was first
introduced, people caught on although it wasn’t nearly
as popular as it is today. These days, millions of
people throughout the world copy audio, data, and
even video to CDs.

To make a copy of a CD, you’ll need a master to copy,
a blank disk, a CD-RW drive, and the proper software.
Most newer computers include either a CD-RW or DVD-RW
drive. If your computer is older, you’ll need to go
out and buy the drive, which doesn’t cost much money
and is very easy to install.

If you have a DVD-RW drive, you’ll be able to copy
both CDs and DVDs. The rate of copying will vary,
with 4X being the slowest and up to 48X being the
fastest. If your drive supports 48X, you can duplicate
a CD in a matter of minutes.

Once you have the CD-RW or DVD-RW drive and some
blank CD-R media, all you need is the software to
duplicate. Nero is among the most popular, as well
as Sonic Record Now and Easy CD Creator. There are
many different types out there, from those that cost
money to the freeware software that doesn’t cost
anything to use.

Once you have everything you need, simply run the
software and create your disk. You can copy many
types of media, including pictures, video, audio,
and even data from your computer. Depending on what
you want to copy, all need to do is select it from the
software menu and let it rip.

CD duplication is a lot of fun and easy for everyone
to learn as well. You can back up a lot of things,
or just save pictures of your special memories – the
choices are entirely up to you.

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Factors In CD Duplication

The process of writing data to a recordable CD can
be a complex process, as it demands a lot from both
hardware and software programs. Much of this
complexity is hidden from the user by the program,
although you should be aware of these factors.

Data
The total amount of data you are writing is much
less important than whether or not it contains large
or several small files. If there are a lot of
small files, the system may have problems with
locating and opening the files quickly enough to
send them smoothly to the CD recording drive.

The computer
Any interruption that may occur is fatal to CD
duplication, so you should ensure that your
CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT don’t load any TSR
utilities which may interrupt operations. Screen
savers, alarms and reminders, or incoming faxes
may also kill disc writing. You should also turn
off network sharing so no one will access the files
that you are trying to write, as this could also
kill your disc recording.

Hard Disk Speed
To write an image to the CD, the hard disk from
which you are writing must have a transfer rate
that is fast enough to keep the memory buffer full
in the CD recorder. This normally means an average
hard disk access time of 19 MS or better.

Defrag
If your hard drive has to search everywhere over
a fragmented hard drive for the data to be written,
it can cause the operation to slow down or even
cause a fatal error. Therefore, always be sure to
fragment your hard disk drive.

Recording speed
Most new CD recorders and even some older ones,
are capable of writing at two (sometimes even four)
times the standard playback. It should be possible
for you to select the speed; as even though fast
recording is a time saver, it can also cause some
bad situations.

When you copy an ISO (image file) from the hard
disk to a CD, the speed is rarely a problem as the
image is already one large file in which the
files and structures are already in order and
divided into CD-ROM sectors.

When you write from a virtual image, things can
get a bit trickier. In order to copy to CD, the
program must consult with the database to find
where each file should go in the image and where
it is actually stored on the hard disk drive.

Then, it must open the file, divide it into CD-ROM
sectors, at the same time sending the data in a
smooth continuous stream to the recorder. Locating
and opening the file is a bit more time consuming,
as writing is more difficult if you have a lot
of small files.

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